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Cold sores caused by herpes simplex virus. Once you’ve caught it its yours for life. It lives in nerves and breaks out most commonly at times of bodily or physiological stress including menstruation (period) or colds and flu. These items can’t be stopped in reality but other things that trigger are ultra violet rays of the sun which you can at least partial block using good sun blocks etc.
Aciclovir is the active ingredient of the brand Zovirax its active in the “tingle” stage of the cold sore. Anti-virals are known to be extremely slow to work, there also not very good, by this I mean you need frequent applications (not large amounts) just frequent, zovirax is four times a day this is the most important thing I point out to my patients but still if I ask most use it wrongly: - I put twice as much on when I got home from work because I forgot to take it with me. Wrong - I use it every morning to keep them away. Wrong and very expensive (you can’t even attempt yet to damage the dormant virus.
If you’ve missed the ‘tingle’ stage and are in the blister stage “please don’t use Zovirax” its very expensive and of no use know. The virus has ‘been out to play’ its gone again and you wont be able to damage it now. Zovirax will be a very expensive drying agent (which it does well). A this time it is more appropriate to use something like the cytex or Boots do an alcohol drying liquid which is good.
At this stage with your big fat lip it maybe nice to know: - 12 million people in the UK get cold sores. - They get them only 2 to 3 times a year. - THEY ONLY LAST TEN DAYS !!
To help mainly others remember a few key things.
It’s a virus and highly contagious, don’t touch it if you can help, use separate drinking vessels etc. No sharing. Kissing the boy or girlfriend could give them it, just think it might be bad you have it but both of you at the same time! Its only 10 days.
Do not touch the eyes or genitals of yourself or another person if you think you have touched your cold sore.
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I feel its important to get an objective view point from a healthcare professional, your pharmacist been an easy choice. Reading these types of reviews may lead you to believe you've a condition you've not got, or even worse underestimate other symptoms. As a pharmacist myself I still find I run "what’s up with me?" past a college. This review type information should not be trusted explicitly as your an individual and by this definition DIFFERENT.
Great review, but could do with a little more info. This stuff really helps! :)
MichelleScott 06.05.2001 00:11
Superb review. Well-written and very helpful.
wulise 26.02.2001 15:09
My cat was using this on his good eye for a deep rooted viral infection. I know it says not for eyes, but the vets at the Cambridge Vet School is having good results, for this type of infection and it is a lot cheaper than eye drops from Moorfield Eye Hospital. Informative opinion. Thank you. Louise(BA(hons), Rgn, ENB998 etc....)
Zovirax Cold Sore Cream is not recommended for use in immunocompromised patients. Such ... more
patients must be advised to consult a physician concerning the treatment of any infection.Adults and children:Zovirax Cold Sore Cream should be applied five times daily at approximately four hourly intervals, omitting the night time application. Zovirax Cold Sore Cream should be applied to the lesions or impending lesions as soon as possible, preferably during the earliest stages (prodrome or erythema). Treatment can also be started during the later (papule or blister) stages. Treatment should be continued for at least 4 days. If healing has not occurred, treatment may be continued for up to 10 days. If lesions are still present after 10 days, users should be advised to consult a doctor. Users should wash their hands before and after applying the cream, and avoid unnecessary rubbing of the lesions or touching them with a towel, to avoid aggravating or transferring the infection.Zovirax Cold Sore cream should only be used on cold sores on the lips and face. It is not recommended for application to mucous membranes, such as in the mouth or eye and must not be used to treat genital herpes.Particular care should be taken to avoid contact with eye. People with particularly severe recurrent herpes labialis should be encouraged to seek medical advice.Cold sore sufferers should be advised to avoid transmitting the virus, particularly when active lesions are present.