Blistex Cold Sore Cream 2g

Blistex Cold Sore Cream 2g

Blistex Cold Sore Cream 2g

£5.79 Save: £1.20 RRP: £6.99

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Brand: Blistex
Code: 3716685
Weight: 6g (includes packaging)

Description

What is a cold sore?

A cold sore is a blister that forms on or around the lips and is usually caused by an infection from a virus called Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV-1).  Most sufferes are likly to have had SSV-1 since childhood.

To begin with, sufferers feel a tingling, itchy or burning sensation on the lip.  The blister usually appears wihtin the next 24 hours and can take up to 10 days to heal fully.

Cold sores are contagious, so sufferers need to take care not to infect others.  Unfortunately, there's no cure for cold sores, but if applied at first tingle, Blistex Cold Sore Cream effectively penetrates the skin to help block the virus from entering healthy cells.

The cold sore virus is dormant (inactive) for the majority of time.  When a condition triggers it, the virus moves along th nerve and begins to attack the healthy cells in your lips.

Blistex Cold Sore Cream, when applied at first tingle, effectively penetrates the skin to help block the virus from entering healthy cells.

Triggers can include:

  • Stress.
  • Tiredness.
  • Cold weather.
  • Too much sunlight.
  • Menstrual hormones.
  • Lip trauma, eg; cuts.
  • Illness, eg; colds or flu.

Which cold sore treatments are available?

Aciclovir and penciclovir are antiviral ingredients typically used in traditional cold sore treatments.

Clinically proven Blistex Cold Sore Cream is the only treatment to contain docosanol, which works in a completely different way to existing typical antivirals.

How is Blistex Cold Sore Cream different?

Blistex Cold Sore Cream is the only treatment in the UK to contain the unique active ingredient docosanol, which is already the number one selling cold sor active ingredient in the US.  This exciting new product is the first new cold sore treatment to be launched in the UK for 6 years, and is clinically proven to help heal cold sores.

Docosanol gets to work at an earlier stage in the infection process than other cold sore treatments.  Whilst aciclovir and penciclovir start working once the virus enters the cells, docosanol penetrates the skin and acts as a barrier to help block the virus from entering healthy cells.

Directions

Blistex Cold Sore Cream is most effective when applied in the early stages of a cold sore.  Start using Blistex Cold Sore Cream as soon as you get any cold sore symptoms. These include redness, itching, pain, tingling or prickling.

Apply to the affected area 5 times a day, at approximately 3 hour intervals.  Continue use until the cold sore is healed, usually 4-6 days but to a maximum of 10 days.

Do not start treatment with cream at the stage of an already developed blister or ulcer.

If you notice no difference after 10 days you should stop the treatment and contact your doctor.

Remember that Blistex Cold Sore Cream is your medicine. If you lend the tube to anyone you risk spreading the infection to others.

No serious problem should arise if you have used a large amount of the cream on your skin. No special treatment is necessary.

Warnings

Do not use Blistex Cold Sore Cream if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to docosanol or any of the other ingredients in the cream.

Blistex Cold Sore Cream is intended for cutaneous use only. Avoid getting the cream in or close to your eyes as this may cause irritation. If you accidentally get cream in your eyes rinse them thoroughly with plenty of water.

Do not use this product if you have been told you are immunocompromised (if your immune system’s ability to fight infectious diseases is known to be reduced, e.g. by a serious illness such as leukaemia or AIDS or if you may have had an organ transplant). If you are immunocompromised and you develop a cold sore consult your doctor immediately.

Do not apply the cream if the cold sore has already formed a blister or ulcer like appearance.

Children under 12 years should not use Blistex Cold Sore Cream.

It is unlikely that Blistex Cold Sore Cream affects, or is affected by, other medicines since Blistex Cold Sore Cream is intended for cutaneous use only, however do not apply other cold sore medicines whilst using Blistex Cold Sore Cream.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions regarding how Blistex Cold Sore Cream is affected by, or affects, other medicines.

Please tell your doctor if you are taking, or have recently taken, any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Blistex Cold Sore Cream can be used during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Blistex Cold Sore Cream has no effect on driving or using machines.

Blistex Cold Sore Cream contains propylene glycol which can cause skin irritation.

No serious problem should arise if you have used a large amount of the cream on your skin. No special treatment is necessary.

Like all medicines, Blistex Cold Sore Cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Nervous system problems:

Very common (more than 1 in 10 users): headache.

Skin problems:

Common (between 1 in 100 users and 1 in 10 users): skin disorders including dry skin, skin rashes and facial swelling occurring where the cream has been applied.

If a more severe skin reaction occurs you should cease treatment, and if the problem does not disappear you should contact your doctor.

If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.


Ingredients

The active substance is docosanol. One gram of cream contains 100mg docosanol.

The other ingredients are sucrose stearates, light mineral oil, propylene glycol, benzyl alcohol and purified water.

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