Chapstick herpes therapy is the new OTC treatment for cold sores and fever blisters provided by this famous brand name. It is designed to help relieve pain and itching while moisturizing the skin. I’ve already analyzed most of its ingredients in my page and explained the process of getting rid of herpes permanently. For better comprehension please visit this page. It contains a lot of information I will not cover here.
In brief, Chapstick herpes therapy contains benzocaine, menthol, camphor, benzyl alcohol which can either soothe the pain or ease the itching or are antiseptic or can do all of these things, white petrolatum (usually known as the brand name Vaseline), allantoin and aloe vera, vitamin E which can moisturize the skin, sodium lauryl sulfate i.e. a detergent, and some preservatives
Is Chapstick cold sore therapy really efficient and help cure symptoms faster?
Well with all the numbing agents it contains it should be very good at killing the pain and the itching. It contains several skin allergens i.e. ingredients that may cause allergies and skin irritation. Please do read the warnings below.
I don’t like the use of petrolatum. I think it is much safer to use natural oils. But of course, it is more expensive. I’ve sent the company an email asking them what purity and quality levels of petrolatum white they use in their products. Let’s see what kind of answer we get.
Chapstick cold sore therapy contains an aloe extract and some sodium lauryl sulfate which both have some antiviral effect on herpes. However, they may not be in sufficient quantity to have any effect at all.
My conclusion is that Chapstick cold sore therapy is a strong anti-itch, numbing and moisturizing balm. But depending on people, it can be irritant to the skin and cause allergies. It may contain some hidden anti-herpetic agent but probably in insufficient quantity to be acknowledged as a potential cold sore remedy. If you experience no allergies to it you can apply it on fever blisters or cold sores for immediate relief.
Here is some information on Chapstick cold sore therapy provided by the company:
Indications for Chapstick cold sore therapy:
Temporarily relieves pain associated with fever blisters and cold sores. Relieves dryness and softens fever blisters and cold sores.
Chapstick herpes therapy ingredients:
Active Ingredients: Allantoin 1%; Benzocaine 20 %; Camphor 3%; White Petrolatum 64.9%.
Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Extract; Benzyl Alcohol; Butylparaben; Glyceryl Stearate; Isocetyl Stearate; Menthol; Methylparaben; Propylparaben; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate; Vitamin E; White Wax.
To open tube, cut tip of the tube on score mark with scissors. Adults and children 2 years of age and older: apply to the affected area no more than 3 to 4 times daily. Children under 2 years of age: consult a doctor.
Warnings for Chapstick cold sore therapy:
For external use only. Allergy alert: Do not use this product if you have a history of allergy to local anesthetics such as procaine, butacaine, benzocaine or other “caine” anesthetics. Do not use over deep or puncture wounds, infections or lacerations. Consult a doctor. When using this product avoid contact with the eyes. Stop use and ask a doctor if: condition worsens; symptoms persist for more than 7 days; symptoms clear up and occur again within a few days. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.