More than a minor inconvenience, cold sores often affect the daily lives of those infected with the Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1), and some suffer outbreaks much more frequently than others. In the past, prevention of recurrent outbreaks was primarily limited to avoiding your cold sore triggers. However, trigger avoidance is not always an effective prevention strategy, and scientists continue to study how to prevent cold sores.
Recent studies indicate one of the best ways to heal and prevent cold sore outbreaks is a treatment called low level laser therapy. Once only available in a laboratory setting, advancements in LED technology now allow for patients to receive this cutting-edge treatment from their home. In this post, we’ll walk through the process of how colds sores form, how LED low level laser therapy works, and how you can prevent cold sores at home using the new Luminance RED device.
Cold Sore Formation: What causes a cold sore outbreak?
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are the primary symptom of the Herpes Simplex Virus. They often form around or on your lips, although they can also develop on other areas of your body. About two-thirds of the world’s population under age 50 suffers from HSV-1, and there is currently no permanent cure for the virus.
The virus can remain dormant in your body for significant lengths of time. So even if you are not currently fighting a cold sore, the virus is always lurking and ready to initiate an outbreak at any time by “hiding” at the base of your nerve. When something triggers the virus, such as mental stress or prolonged exposure to sunlight, the virus begins to replicate. It will continue to replicate until a tipping point is reached and an outbreak occurs, at which point cold sores will begin to form on your face or body.
Fighting the Virus: How to Prevent Cold Sores from Forming
Today, you don’t need to wait until a cold sore forms to begin treatment. You can stop the virus replication process in its tracks by using LED-low level laser therapy. Thanks to the Luminance RED device, you can now perform this treatment from home. The process works like this:
- When you feel a cold sore coming, immediately begin to treat the affected area with the Luminance RED. The device will apply 660 nanometers of red light to your skin and initiate the healing and prevention process.
- Your body then begins to metabolize the light into adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Basically, the light provides cellular energy. The increased energy naturally strengthens the immune response of your cells, which allows them to fight off the HSV replication process.
- By following the recommended 60 second, twice-a-day treatments with the Luminance RED, you can provide your cells with enough ATP to ward off a cold sore outbreak and keep them from coming back as frequently.
The science backs up this cold sore prevention technique. A recent study shows that patients who received low level laser therapy averaged 263 days between outbreaks, while those who don’t averaged only 21 days.
The Luminance RED: The Only Treatment You Need for Cold Sore Prevention
The Luminance RED is an effective and painless way to naturally treat and prevent cold sores – no messy creams or trips to the doctor. For more information on the science behind the Luminance RED, visit our “How it Works” page. Don't wait until your next outbreak occurs, order your Luminance RED device today and stop your cold sores from forming now or in the future.