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Cold Sores

Cold sores are a viral infection found on the lips and face and are easily passed on. A tingling, itching or burning sensation is the first sign that a cold sore blister is about to appear, early treatment with an anti-viral cream can reduce the duration of a cold sore by half.

 

Our Advice

  • Earlier treatment reduces the severity and duration of the cold sore. Ideally, you should treat at the ‘tingle’ stage but if you miss this, just treat as soon as possible.
  • If you get regular cold sores, keep a cold sore cream to hand, so that you can treat the blister or tingle straight away.
  • Avoid contact with other parts of your body as the virus can spread quickly.
  • Do not have close physical contact with others.
  • Wash your hands regularly during an attack to avoid spreading the virus.
  • Use a separate towel for the cold sore area.
  • Wear a good lip sunscreen because strong sun can trigger cold sores.
  • If there is no improvement after 10 days, ask our pharmacist for advice.

Products we recommend for this condition are:

  • Zovirax Cream for Cold Sores 2g - Contains Aciclovir 5% w/w.  Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if; - You are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or are breast feeding, - You have a condition or are recieving treatment which weakens your immune system, - Your cold sore is particularly severe, - You are unsure if your cold sore is a cold sore. Do not use inside the mouth, in or near the eyes or on genitals. If you have any other symptoms after using this product, consult with our pharmacist or your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of the reach of children. Always read the label.
  • Cymex Cream for Cold Sores 5g - Contains Urea BP 1.0% w/w, Dimeticone 250 BPC 9.0% w/w, Cetrimide BP 0.5% w/w, Chlorocresol BP 0.1% w/w.  If you have any other symptoms after taking this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Always read the label.
  • Numark Cold Sore Cream 2g - Contains Aciclovir 5%.  Do not use: - In the eyes, mouth or on the genitals. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if: - You are pregnant or breast feeding, - You have any problems that might weaken your immune system. Ask the advice of our pharmacist if you are not sure whether your sore is a cold sore, or if your cold sore is very severe. If you have any other symptoms after using this product, consult with your doctor or pharmacist. For external use only. Keep out of the reach of children. Always read the label.
  • Blistex Cold Sore Cream 2g - Formerly Blisteze®.  Contains Strong ammonia solution 0.10% w/w Aromatic ammonia solution 6.04% w/w Liquefied phenol 0.494% w/w.   Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you suffer from recurrent cold sores. If you have any other symptoms after taking this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Always read the label.

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