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DON'T touch my lips....
you have to use it at first sign of the tingle . Expensive
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Price2g £5.79.Larger-don't know how much!
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DON'T TOUCH MY LIPS!!
Ok. So this is the season for all those nasty colds and those rotten sores that you get on your lips in the winter-time-infact,my husband gets them in summer aswell! I'm lucky-I'm the only person in my family who doesn't actually suffer from them..I should think not!(Any one who has read some of my ops will know I have a full medicine cabinet as it is!) But,my husband seems to be forever getting them lately-and kissing isn't allowed while at the "Bursting out and look at me!" stage..aahh,I'm so cruel aren't I,but- eeewwww..! I can't stand the things spreading.
Enter;-Zovirax cold sore cream.
We have been using this product for several years. And it truly is, a little god send. They say small things come in "special packagings"..(err is that the other way round..?!)and Zovirax certainly is one of those. But don't hold your breath..It is-well,hideously expensive and you only get a tiny tube.But it does last,as you only need a little at a time. Zovirax contains "Aciclovir"a chemical good for zapping sores on lips,providing you rub it in at the first sign of tingle..
WHERE FROM AND HOW MUCH:
You can buy this from any chemist over the counter,and it's no good going to trusty ASDA's(!)'cos you won't find it!! We use the 2g. size, which will-are you sitting down?..set you back £5.79. But my husband swears by it,and its' got to be good-within 24 hrs it's usually gone.
Zovirax is sold in little Predominantly White,and turqouisy-blue boxes,with a slash of red in the top right hand corner,with the words;"Easy rub-in Formula" underneath that is the word,Aciclovir written in red. The Zovirax (pronounced:ZovIrax hyphon on the I)title is written in Turqouise-across the front,with a simple sketch of part of a clock with only one hand,hinting for you that you must apply at first feel of a tingle. Above the clock there are two ticks; one before the words "at blister" the second before the words "or tingle."(if you can work this dogmatic approach out,then you're a flippin' genius!)
BACK OF THE BOX:
Ingrediants-which I'm not allowed to mention really,so I won't!
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Apply the cream liberally to completely cover the whole of the affected area.Apply 5 times a day,at roughly 4 hourly intervals for 5 days. usually,joseph's coldsores only last about 3 days max.with this. Wash your hands before and after treating the cold sore so as to avoid making it worse-or (heave!)giving it to someone else! This particular 2g tube is enough for a full 5 day treatment-you can use this for up to 10 days,apparently,but it says to consult your doctor if the condition does not heal.
When you open the box be careful not to squeeze the tube,as otherwise it will squirt everywhere when you open it and waste! (Glass wearers,Beware!You may need a telescope as the tube is so tiny..) Something which makes me laugh-on the back of the tube states quite solemnly;"Do not use in Eyes or on Genitals."(As if! are you a sadist??!!) The tiny white screw top lid is one of those that you need to turn upside down,and pierce the closed seal,first. The cream is white,slightly greasy,but light,with an average,not foul smell....
DON'T LICK IT!!
OTHER HELPFUL INFO:
There is a handy leaflet inside the box which is good to keep.It states that Clinical studies show that early treatment with zovirak may stop a cold sore appearing-this is true. Only use this on your lips and face,Not to treat mouth ulcers.If you have ever had an allergic reaction (see ingrediants) consult your pharmacist or doctor. And this is interesting..Don't use if you are under the care of the doctor because of a weak immune system!(ie:your ability to fight infections is reduced.)
Product license holder: The wellcome Foundation Ltd. Manufacturer:Glaxo Wellcome operations,Greenford Middlesex UB6 ONN
Some more helpful facts about cold sores.....
A cold sore is an infection which is caused by the herpes simplex virus(HSV) which is lying dormant in nerve cells supplying the lips and surrounding skin. It is NOT the same virus that causes genital herpes...eeew!thank goodness for that! The first infection usually occurs in childhood,probably after being kissed by a person with the infection. The virus passes through the skin,travels up a nerve and stays in a nerve junction indefinately.
WORTH MENTIONING: what can trigger the virus?
Colds Flu Menstruation Fatigue Emotional upset Stress Physical injury Bright sunlight(sunbathing in Jo's case!Well,he is itallian!!) And simply when you are feeling "run down,out of sorts" ..Remember cold sores are very infectious and travel FAST!
Kissing...(Tough!) picking (Do you mind!) scratching (eeewww!) sharing towels (Yuk!) Eating and drinking utensils,and the like...(Even more yuk yuk..)
OTHER MISCELLANEOUS: Keep your cream in a safe place where children cannot reach it. Store at room temp.(below 25%)but do not keep in fridge. Do not use after expiry date(Logic!)
Phew! Have you got all that? zzzzzzzzzz.........Zovirax!
Zovirax Cold Sore Cream At blister or tingle® Promotes healing Anti-viral treatment. - ... more
Prepare and Use: Apply the cream liberally to completely cover the whole affected area. Apply to the affected area five times a day at approximately 4 hourly intervals for four days. See enclosed Leaflet for further details. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you know that your immune system is weakened. Always read the label.
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studies show that early treatment with Zovirax can prevent a cold sore developing. Zovirax Cold Sore Cream can also speed up the healing process. Interaction Precautions: Only use the cream on cold sores on your lips and face. Do not use the cream inside your mouth, or to treat mouth (aphthous) ulcers. If you are in any doubt whether your sore is a cold sore, consult your doctor. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to aciclovir or propylene glycol, consult your pharmacist or doctor before using your cream. Do not use this product for herpes infections of the eye or the genital area. If your cold sore is, or becomes very severe, you should consult your doctor. Do not use this product if you are under the care of a doctor because of a weak immune system (i.e. your ability to fight infections is reduced). Remember - Cold Sore are infectious. The virus may infect other parts of the body. To reduce the risk of passing the infection on, avoid kissing, sharing towels etc, kissing, oral sex, touching your eyes. Do not allow others to touch your cold sore. Always wash your hands before and after touching cold sores. Avoid touching your eyes - HSV infection of the eye can lead to ulcers on the window of the eye (cornea). Avoid breaking the blisters, picking the scabs and sharing your eating and drinking utensils. This cream is normally well tolerated. However, some people may get the following: A mild burning or stinging directly after application, but this will quickly go away. Occasionally, redness, itching or a mild drying or flaking of the skin may occur. This does not prevent the cream from working. If in doubt, or if these side effects become troublesome, stop the treatment and consult your pharmacist or doctor. Warnings: Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Do not use after the expiry date on the pack. Store at room temperature (below 25ºC). Do not refrigerate.