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Invisible Beam Gives Ray of Hope to Cold Sore Sufferers

A new breakthrough treatment for cold sores is launching in the UK involving exposure to an infa-red, passive light. The Virulite Cold Sore Machine, proven to be more effective than creams, heals cold sores in just 6 days instead of 9. Evidence shows that this form of treatment also reduces their recurrence and unlike cold sore creams it works at any stage of the sore.

Pharmacist Daniel Brash comments, “At my pharmacy I see a lot of customers who are suffering with cold sores and they get very frustrated with the current treatment options, such as aciclovir cream. The reason being that they are not very effective and in order to have any relief you have to catch the cold sore early. Unfortunately once you have the virus you have it for life as cold sores recur.”

The Virulite Cold Sore Machine helps the skin to defend against the attack of the Herpes simplex virus. It uses passive light, invisible to the naked eye, to stimulate the body into reacting to the cold sore virus.

Clinical trials have proven that the Virulite Cold Sore Machine heals cold sores twice as quickly as using an antiviral cream. In a clinical trial conducted at a North East hospital where topical aciclovir was applied five times daily and compared to a single application of the 1072nm light, the invisible light treatment halved cold sore healing time as compared to topical aciclovir.

Results of a trial of 60 patients, published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology in 2001, showed that a single application of Virulite Cold Sore machine healed cold sores in an average of 4.3 days, compared with 8.1 days for topical aciclovir applied five times a day. A second trial, involving 32 patients, published in the same journal in 2006, showed that Virulite had a mean healing time of 6.3 days compared with 9.4 days for no treatment [1].

A cold sore should be treated as soon as you become aware of it, at the blister or tingling stage, though the Virulite Cold Sore Machine remains effective even after this initial stage. Simply hold the device against the affected area and press the activation button. A light indicator lets you know that invisible infra-red light is being delivered to the area; after three minutes a “beep” lets you know that treatment is complete.

It is advisable to repeat the treatment 12 hours later. In the majority of people this is adequate treatment; however in a small percentage of people the virus takes a little longer to travel down the nerve to the skin. The 1072NWB light therapy is only effective in the presence of the virus, so if the cold sore appears to progress after the second treatment it is best to treat four more times a day for two days.

It is believed that the 1072NWB light acts as a catalyst, which enhances the local immune response, allowing the body to heal itself more rapidly. The light has no effect on the actual virus, but has a positive effect on the immune cells that fight the virus, and also helps generate powerful antioxidants within the cells. It has no harmful side effects and unlike the creams it works at any stage of the sore.

The invisible light penetrates the skin relatively easily, so can treat cold sores in the nose, inside the lip and on the face as effectively as cold sores that are present on the outside of the lips.

In some people, cold sores are accompanied by severe pain; research has shown that in the majority of cases, almost complete pain relief occurs within the 3-minute treatment cycle.

The evidence has also shown that the device reduces the recurrence of cold sores and this is the subject of ongoing research.

J Barlow comments, “Great product clears my cold sores quickly. I use it as soon as I feel the tingle of the cold sore forming and the Virulite dries the cold sore up and stops it erupting. An essential part of my first aid box.”

The Virulite Cold Sore Machine retails at £79.99, and is available from www.healthcare4all.co.uk


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Reference
[1] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7004318_A_randomised_double-blind_study_comparing_the_effect_of_1072-nm_light_against_placebo_for_the_treatment_of_herpes_labialis
[2] NHS Choices

What are Cold Sores?
Cold sores are blisters that develop on the lips or around the mouth, which usually begin with a tingling, itching or burning sensation, before small fluid-filled sores develop, usually on the edge of the lower lip. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus, often passed on in early childhood. The virus passes through the skin and travels up the nerves, where it lies dormant until triggered at a later date. Common triggers include having another infection, having a high temperature, emotional upset or stress, tiredness, fatigue, an injury to the affected area, periods and strong sunlight; though often there is no obvious trigger. [2]

About the Virulite Cold Sore Machine
The Cold Sore Machine is designed to be used on patients aged over 16 years.
Virulite is approved by the NHS, and is also FDA approved.
The device is ISO13485 compliant (an international quality standard for medical devices) and has CE approval (showing that the device complies with relevant European health and safety legislation).
Virulite is incredibly reliable and lasts for years. The only maintenance required is an occasional battery change.
You only need to visit your GP if a cold sore hasn't healed after 10 days.

Contraindications
No side effects have been reported.


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Further information
For more information about the Virulite Cold Sore Machine, or product images, please contact:
Ian & Jenny Liddle, Excellart, 01450 219 246,
info@excellart.co.uk, www.facebook.com/Excellart, www.twitter.com/excellart

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