Clinical trials have proven benefit in a clinical trial conducted at a North East hospital where topical aciclovir applied five times daily was compared to a single application of the 1072nm light. The invisible light treatment halved cold sore healing time as compared to topical aciclovir. It is believed that the 1072NWB light acts as a catalyst, which enhances the local immune response, which allows the body to heal itself more rapidly..
The researchers at Virulite Ltd know that the light has no effect upon the actual virus but does have a positive effect upon the immune cells responsible for fighting the virus. It also plays a role in generating powerful antioxidants within the cells.
The Cold Sore Machine is designed to be used on patients aged over 16 years.
Q. Is this new treatment a cure or just another treatment?
The clinical evidence proves that this is a superior treatment, however ongoing research by Virulite Ltd has given rise to strong anecdotal evidence that if used to treat 4 to 5 separate cold sore attacks, the recurrence of the cold sores is significantly reduced. This is the focus of ongoing research. The Cold Sore Machine is highly effective in 99.5% of individuals.
In tests, 86% of patients experienced reduction in healing time of three days.
Q. When and how many times can I treat my cold sore?
You should treat your cold sore as soon as you become aware of it (blister or tingling stage) and then treat it 12 hours later. In the majority of people this is an 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, thus if the cold sore appears to progress after the second treatment it is best to treat four more times a day for 2 days. There is no limit to how many times a cold sore can be treated, but treating more often is not recommended as it is of no proven clinical benefit.
It remains effective even after the tingling stage although that is the best time to initiate treatment.
Q. What about the site of the cold sore?
The invisible light that the Cold Sore Machine uses penetrates the skin relatively easily, thus 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.
Q. Does the Cold Sore Machine help relieve pain?
In some individuals their cold sores are accompanied by severe pain, our research demonstrated that in the majority of these individuals almost complete pain relief occurs within the period of the 3-minute treatment cycle.