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Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about cold sores or Herstat, then they might be answered here. Alternatively, if your query is not mentioned in this list, please ask a member of our experienced team for further details.

Questions about cold sores

What is a cold sore?

A cold sore is a small skin lesion caused by the herpes simplex virus. The scientific name is "herpes labialis", as most of the time it affects the skin around and the border of the lips. If you're unfortunate enough to get cold sores then the chances are you're likely to know when you're having an outbreak. Caused by the herpes simplex virus, initial symptoms will often result in you feeling a burning or itching sensation around your mouth and, unfortunately, small blisters normally then develop.

Although these should eventually disappear without medical intervention, their effects can last for a week or more, which might make you feel like hiding away until they've completely gone. This is where an effective and fast cold sore treatment may help.

How do cold sores develop?

Cold sores are caused by contracting the herpes simplex virus from an infected person, for example, by kissing someone who is suffering from these blisters.

Once a person has been infected, the virus remains in the body. Some people will never experience the symptoms of cold sores again, but others will suffer from recurring outbreaks.

The NHS has listed several factors which make sufferers more prone to experiencing an outbreak, such as fatigue, stress, or emotional distress. These are all factors that decrease the individual's immune defences and allow the dormant virus to wake up.

How long do cold sores usually last?

Cases vary but, without an effective cold sore remedy, you should see your symptoms disappear within ten to twelve days.

However, an untreated cold sore can last for more than twelve days in some cases. The duration depends on several factors, such as the size of the lesion, the health of the immune system, the quantity of virus and, of course, the use (or not) of an effective cold sore remedy.

Is there a cure for cold sores?

Sadly, no. However, there are a number of solutions – such as Herstat – which could help alleviate symptoms and allow you to recover from your cold sores faster.

Can I prevent cold sores from occurring?

About 80 to 90% of the population are exposed to the herpes simplex virus during childhood and therefore carry the virus. But of these, only 20% or so report having outbreaks of cold sores.

If you are among the percentage of those who unfortunately experience recurrent outbreaks, you can follow several preventative measures to reduce your chances of developing a cold sore. For example, some methods suggested by the NHS include:

  • Remembering what it is that usually triggers your cold sores – such as stressful events – and attempting to avoid these situations.
  • Covering up and using sunscreens as an effective deterrent. Many cold sore sufferers report that exposure to strong sunlight is a potent trigger.
  • Not touching another person's cold sores. If this is unavoidable, you should thoroughly wash your hands after coming into contact with the affected area.
  • Refraining from sharing items that you've used as this could result in the virus spreading.

Questions about Herstat

What is Herstat?

Herstat is a medical device described as the "comprehensive treatment for cold sores". You can apply this remedy at any stage of the infection, which will alleviate the symptoms and allow you to quickly recover from the outbreak.

How long does it take for Herstat to work?

Herstat is effective at any stage of a cold sore, but you could see your symptoms improve within a matter of days and completely clear up shortly afterwards if you use it as soon as you realise a cold sore is coming. In fact, one study showed that participants who applied Herstat recovered from their conditions in approximately six days.

Can I use Herstat if I'm allergic to bees or bee products?

As Herstat contains propolis, it could possibly result in an adverse reaction if you're allergic to bees or beehive products. That is why, in the instructions, we recommend you carry out a test before use. This means that you should apply a small quantity of Herstat on the skin of your forearm and check for possible skin reactions.

The propolis used in Herstat is highly purified and fully tested so that the final product is free from impurities such as heavy metals, pesticides, and any microbiological contamination. However, we advise that you still undertake a test before you begin using our ointment.

How should I use Herstat?

Herstat works best when applied often: every two hours and at least five times per day.