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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....)
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Prepare and Use: Apply the cream liberally to completely cover the whole affected area. Apply to the affected area five times a day at approximately 4 hourly intervals for four days. See enclosed Leaflet for further details. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you know that your immune system is weakened. Always read the label.
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studies show that early treatment with Zovirax can prevent a cold sore developing. Zovirax Cold Sore Cream can also speed up the healing process. Interaction Precautions: Only use the cream on cold sores on your lips and face. Do not use the cream inside your mouth, or to treat mouth (aphthous) ulcers. If you are in any doubt whether your sore is a cold sore, consult your doctor. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to aciclovir or propylene glycol, consult your pharmacist or doctor before using your cream. Do not use this product for herpes infections of the eye or the genital area. If your cold sore is, or becomes very severe, you should consult your doctor. Do not use this product if you are under the care of a doctor because of a weak immune system (i.e. your ability to fight infections is reduced). Remember - Cold Sore are infectious. The virus may infect other parts of the body. To reduce the risk of passing the infection on, avoid kissing, sharing towels etc, kissing, oral sex, touching your eyes. Do not allow others to touch your cold sore. Always wash your hands before and after touching cold sores. Avoid touching your eyes - HSV infection of the eye can lead to ulcers on the window of the eye (cornea). Avoid breaking the blisters, picking the scabs and sharing your eating and drinking utensils. This cream is normally well tolerated. However, some people may get the following: A mild burning or stinging directly after application, but this will quickly go away. Occasionally, redness, itching or a mild drying or flaking of the skin may occur. This does not prevent the cream from working. If in doubt, or if these side effects become troublesome, stop the treatment and consult your pharmacist or doctor. Warnings: Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Do not use after the expiry date on the pack. Store at room temperature (below 25ºC). Do not refrigerate.