There has been a plague upon the House of Lippie this winter, a veritable plague of cold-sores. If you follow me on Twitter at all, you’ll know that barely a week has gone by for the last couple of months without me complaining about yet another crop of painful blisters. Sorry about that by the way!
|Teal is simply THE colour for cold sores this season, dahlings|
I’ve tried everything, Compeed cold sore plasters, Superdrug cold sore plasters (which are officially the most useless thing ever, by the way) Zovirax, and a couple of other bits besides! I’ve been banned from taking all dietary supplements besides Vitamin D for a while (related to my kidney problems last year), so the options of zinc, or L-Lysine or other vitamins and minerals aren’t really an option for me at present.
I’ve been aware of the Boots Avert Electronic Cold Sore Machine for a while, but have been put off purchasing by the high-seeming price of £35.99, and also not knowing whether it works or not. But, after four months of almost-weekly sores, I reckon I’ve spent almost double that on “remedies” that, whilst killing some of the initial pain, weren’t actually doing anything to prevent further breakouts.
So,after a twitter conversation with several people who swore by the Avert (I’m sorry, but continuing to type Boots Avert Electronic Cold Sore Machine is hurting my fingers), including Sali Hughes, I was sold. I ended up begging Boots for a machine, and here it is. This isn’t a review, as I’ve only had it a couple of days, but I’m currently using it to heal up a couple of old sores, and I’m planning to use it every few days as a preventative measure for the next couple of weeks, too.
The Avert uses a narrow band of infra-red light to boost the immune response to the “tingling” phase of a cold sore attack. You place the machine over the site of the tingle, press the button, and for three minutes the light does the rest. It beeps to let you know the start and the finish, which is handy. Having had good results from light therapy previously, I have high hopes for this, and I won’t be leaving the house without it for a while! As I’ve had at least one sore a week for the last two months or so, I should know pretty soon if it’s working, and I’ll keep you posted – lots of you have been talking to me about this, since I posted it up on Instagram and Twitter, and I’m aware it’s a pretty hefty initial investment, but I figure if it works, it’ll be worth it.
I am slightly amused that if you buy your Avert online at the moment, Boots will give you a free tube of their coldsore cream to go with it though …!
How do you deal with your cold sores?
The Fine Print: A much begged for sample. I’m not proud. I’m scabby, and fed up with it, so sue me.