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Advantages of Using COMPEED®

The 7 Benefits

The 7 Benefits of COMPEED® TOTAL CARE™ Invisible Cold Sore Patch

Most cold sore treatments are not effective at every stage.
A cold sore’s viral load drops to a negligible level after 48 hours, meaning anti-viral ingredients are ineffective after this time.

  1. Heals * fast: By ensuring the right level of moisture in the wound, the patch makes it easier for nutrients to disseminate. This promotes the skin’s own healing* mechanism, thus speeding up the healing* process.

  2. Hides Instantly: The patch renders cold sores largely invisible, reducing social embarrassment and social discomfort about the sufferer’s appearance. Lipstick or make-up may also be applied over the patch, further reducing the sore’s visibility.

  3. Relieves Pain: The patch covers and protects the nerve endings that are exposed in the wound, resulting in soothing relief.

  4. Reduces redness and swelling: By reducing the tension of the skin, the patch relieves swelling and lessens redness.

  5. Reduces tingling, itching and burning: The patch maintains the hydration of the skin while protecting the skin from drying out.

  6. Reduces the blistering and helps prevent scabbing or crusting: The patch causes a germ-protected environment that stops the sore from drying out, thereby helping to prevent scab formation.

  7. Reduces risk of contamination from the wound: The patch provides a protective barrier over the sore that the cold sore virus cannot penetrate, thereby helping to reduce the risk of contamination out of the wound. It also prevents sufferers from touching the sore – a common source of cross contamination. Water and bacteria are also repelled.

*healing of the cold sore lesion

The COMPEED® advantage

COMPEED® TOTAL CARE™ Invisible Cold Sore Patches heal, protect and soothe, making cold sores disappear quickly and discreetly.

*healing of the cold sore lesion

The hydrocolloid factor

COMPEED® TOTAL CARE™ Invisible Cold Sore Patches were the first invisible healing patch for cold sores. Its unique Hydrocolloid-075 technology acts like a second skin, creating a moist environment that is optimal for wound healing.

The Hydrocolloid-075 particles in every COMPEED® TOTAL CARE™ Invisible Cold Sore Patch merge with wound fluid to create an active gel. This enables cells to grow, divide and migrate at an increased rate, optimising the formation of new tissue. The patch also forms a barrier that provides protection against water, dirt and bacteria, while at the same time allowing water to evaporate. This helps maintain the ideal level of moisture while reducing the risk of secondary infections.

FAQ

Myths

Answers

How fast does the patch work?

The patch begins to work as soon as it is applied and is clinically proven to heal# fast. Additionally, a comparative, multi centre clinical study provided evidence that the speed of healing* of the COMPEED® TOTAL CARE™ Invisible Cold Sore Patch is comparable to a cream that contains 5% acyclovir.

#healing of the Cold Sore lesion

*Karlsmark T, Goodman JJ, Drouault Y, Lufrano L, Pledger GW. Randomized clinical study comparing COMPEED® cold sore patch to acyclovir cream 5% in the treatment of herpes simplex labialis. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2008; 22 (10): 1184-1193.

Does the patch contain an active ingredient?

No. The patch is not fighting the replication of the virus, but treating the outbreak. Fighting the replication of the virus is only part of the problem when you get a Cold Sore. The virus can never actually be eliminated. In order to treat the outbreak, COMPEED® TOTAL CARE™ Invisible Cold Sore Patch uses Hydrocolloid-075 particles. Hydrocolloid-075 is used in some modern wound care technologies: it is the vital element in the design of the ultra-thin, flexible and discreet wound treatment. The patch also offers a number of additional benefits.

Can the patch be cut to the appropriate size of the lesion?

No. This should be avoided as it can limit the patch’s healing* effectiveness.

Can you eat and drink while wearing the patch?

Yes, but always ensure that the product remains in place. Since the virus is also present in the saliva of cold sore sufferers, sharing glasses or cutlery with others is not recommended.

Does the patch protect from UV?

No. We would recommend not exposing the cold sore lesion to the sun, if possible.

Can I use the patch if I am pregnant or breast feeding?

If you are pregnant or breast feeding, check with your physician before using COMPEED® TOTAL CARE™ Invisible Cold Sore Patch.

Can you kiss someone while wearing the patch?

Be careful. The patch helps to reduce contamination from the wound, if it is placed and sealed around the sore appropriately. However, be sure to observe the same precautionary measures as always with Cold Sores. Since the virus is also present in the saliva of cold sore sufferers it is recommended not to have strong intimate contact in the mouth area.

Can make-up, lipstick or sunscreen be applied over the patch?

Yes, make-up, lipstick or sunscreen can be applied over the patch. Note that cream or lipstick should not be applied under the patch as this can reduce its adhesive ability.

Does this product need to be applied around the clock or only during waking hours?

For best results we recommend wearing the patch 24 hours a day

Are cold sores contagious?

Yes. During an outbreak, the HSV-1 is present, and can be easily transferred from one person to another, for example through kissing or sharing a drink. COMPEED® TOTAL CARE™ Invisible Cold Sore Patch seals the cold sore, helping to prevent the virus spreading to others. And because sufferers are unable to touch the affected area, the risk of contamination from the wound is also reduced.

Myths

Do only dirty people get cold sores?

No. A cold sore is an extremely common condition: Research shows that 76% of Australians have tested positive exposure to HSV-1 at some time in their life, and some of these people will consequently have a Cold Sore outbreak every so often.

Do Cold Sores appear after a cold?

Not necessarily. Cold sore outbreaks are generally a result of psychological or physical stress, such as cold or flu, fatigue, cold weather, exposure to sun, menstruation, hormones, or fever.

*healing of the cold sore lesion