Helps keep lips hydrated and protect against cold sores.
Sunlight is a known trigger for cold sores; regular use of a high sun protection lip balm will help protect against cold sores.
Helps maintain lip health.
ViraproX is specifically designed to help protect against the occurrence and relieve the discomfort of cold sores.
ViraproX is a daily use lip balm that contains sunscreen agents, moisturisers, lysine and menthol.
Cold sore protection
To help protect against cold sores, apply liberally and frequently, particularly before going into the sun.
Cold sore relief
To help relieve the discomfort of cold sores, reapply every half hour as necessary.
We recommend you use ViraproX everyday to help maintain lip health and insure against unexpected cold sores.
Cold sores are characterised by recurrent small blisters on or near the lip1 that are caused by the virus herpes simplex.1,2 Approximately 76% of Australian adults are infected with the HSV 1 virus3 - although in many people the virus will not display any symptoms.
After the first infection, the virus establishes itself in the nerve endings and reappearance may occur at an unpredictable rate.2,4 A cold sore is called a ‘cold sore’ because they often occur when a person has a cold. When we have a cold, our immune defenses are down and it is the perfect opportunity for the cold sore virus to cause an outbreak.
Recurrent cold sores affect 18-37% of the population.4 Cold sore lesions will last between 5-15 days. Often the sufferer will have up to 12 hours warning from the onset of tingling to the eruption of a cold sore.1 There is no cure for HSV 1, only management of the frequency and symptoms of an outbreak.
ViraproX lip balm can be applied daily, both when a cold sore has manifested and when no symptoms are present. ViraproX helps protect against the occurrence of a cold sore eruption and also helps to relieve the discomfort of symptoms associated with a cold sore. ViraproX lipbalm can be applied throughout all stages of a cold sore (tingling, blister, weeping, scabbing and healing stages). It is important to use your finger to apply ViraproX lip balm when a cold sore is present to avoid reinfection.
1 Young SK, Rowe NH, Buchanan RA. A clinical study for the control of facial mucocutaneous herpes virus infections. Oral Surg 1976; 41:498-507
2 Gould L. Herpes virus. inPHARMation. 2008; 9:2-19
3 Cunningham A. Prevalence of infection with herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 in Australia: a nationwide population based survey. Sex Transm Infect 2006; 82:164-168
4 Nikkels FA, Pierard GE. Treatment of mucocutaneous presentations of herpes simplex virus infections. Review. Am J Clin Dermatol 2002; 3:475-487
Most cold sore sufferers know the pain and embarrassment of a cold sore appearing at the most inconvenient of times; a first date, a job interview, on a holiday, or before an important function or event – even your wedding day! The triggers that can bring on a cold sore eruption can be different for each person however common cold sore triggers include:
Dry, cracked lips
Sun Exposure or Sunburn
It is important to understand what triggers are more likely to cause a cold sore for you and learn how to manage these factors. To avoid a cold sore, there are a number of things you can do to help prevent an eruption, resident Scientific Affairs manager Dr Kerryn Greive shares her tips on how to prevent and treat cold sores.
Dr Kerryn Greive’s tips to prevent and treat cold sores: