Every year, millions of Americans develop one or more cold sores on their lips. These blisters are unsightly, painful and contagious- often causing us to avoid or limit socialization while they are inflamed. Fortunately, there is an excellent medical solution to this pain and embarrassment. Our office is proud to offer Viroxyn- a professional strength cold sore treatment.
Cold sores are caused by a viral infection that enters the body via the mucosal tissue (i.e. lips) or dry/cut skin. Once inside, it can lie dormant for months or years, until it becomes activated and begins to replicate. As the virus grows, your body’s immune system kicks in and begins to supply the area with white blood cells to combat the infection. This process causes the typical cycle of pain, irritation and appearance of blisters associated with cold sores.
Untreated, the entire biological process takes about 2 weeks to resolve itself. The virus then becomes dormant until reactivated, as it is never actually eradicated from your body. Typical cold sore sufferers receive an average of 1-3 outbreaks a year, often coinciding with times or stress or irritation to the lip tissue. Dry weather, hectic work schedules and even sunburns can cause the virus to engage and begin replicating.
Viroxyn helps minimize the hassle of these outbreaks through a combination of an effective pain reliever and antiseptic. One applied, the topical anesthetic begins to numb the pain, while the antiseptic helps the body target and eradicate the active virus. Many patients find their pain eliminated in one hour, with the visible outbreak minimized in as few as three days. Viroxyn works best when the outbreak is caught early on, and is typically administered as soon as you feel the first signs of a cold sore. The medicine is delivered in a convenient single use swab system and takes less than a minute to apply.
If you suffer from cold sores, please let us know at your next visit. This product does an excellent job of stopping pain from cold sores and can drastically shorten your time spent suffering with an unsightly blister. If you have any further questions about this product, or would like to learn more about what causes cold sores, please call our office. We are here to help in every way that we can!