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A pilot study of treatment of herpes labialis with 1072 nm narrow waveband light.

Author(s): Dougal G, Kelly P

Affiliation(s): Occupational Health Department, North Tees Hospital, Stockton-on-Tees, UK.

Publication date & source: 2001-03, Clin Exp Dermatol., 26(2):149-54.

Publication type: Clinical Trial; Randomized Controlled Trial

A randomized prospective double-blind study was performed to compare the efficacy of a single 5 min 1072 nm narrow waveband light application against topical aciclovir applied five times daily in the treatment of herpes labialis. Treatment was initiated within 36 h of the onset of symptoms and the end point was defined as the day that the crust was discarded leaving an uninterrupted underlying skin at the site of the cold sore. The results demonstrated that a single 5 min light treatment significantly reduced cold sore healing time by 4 days; 1072 nm light healed cold sores in 4.3 +/- 1.8 days (mean +/- SD) as compared with aciclovir applied five times daily, 8.5 +/- 3.0 days (P < 0.0001).

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