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- What is Zovirax Cold Sore Cream
- What dose should I choose?
- How does Zovirax Cold Sore Cream work?
- How long do I use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream for before I notice a difference?
- When shouldn’t I use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
- What is the difference between Zovirax Cold Sore Cream and Compeed Cold Sore Patch/Herpotherm?
- How effective is Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
- Can I buy Zovirax Cold Sore Cream online?
- How should I use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
- What are the side effects of Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
What is Zovirax Cold Sore Cream
The active ingredient in Zovirax Cold Sore Cream is acyclovir, a sort of medicine that is called an antiviral. Antivirals corresponding to acyclovir are used for the remedy of infections caused by the herpes simplex virus.
What dose should I choose?
Zovirax Cold Sore Cream is sold in 2g aluminium tubes and 2g pump assembly packages. This product is administered according to your doctor’s or pharmacist’s directions. Typically, the cream is applied over the cold sores (including its outer edges) 5 times a day after every 4 hours. You can skip applying this medication in the middle of the night. This medicine is indicated for use by children and adults.
How does Zovirax Cold Sore Cream work?
Acyclovir, the active ingredient in Zovirax Cold Sore Cream, is a medicine that belongs to the category of antivirals. It works by eliminating viruses that cause various infections. Other than treating cold sores or fever blisters (also known as herpes labialis), it also hastens the healing time of the condition. This product reduces its associated symptoms, such as pain, itching, tingling and burning. The earlier this medication is applied, the more effective it is in speedily treating cold sores.
How long do I use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream for before I notice a difference?
This medicine is known to be an antiviral, and it kills the virus that causes herpes labialis (cold sores/fever blisters). Being a topical cream, this product is applied over the affected areas 5 times a day, with 4 hours intervals in between. This medication is not applied in the middle of the night. The approximate treatment duration for using this product is 4 days. If, after this period, your symptoms do not improve, consult your doctor.
When shouldn’t I use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
Do not begin this treatment if you are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in the product. Do not use this cream with other topical applications when treating your cold sores. Use this medicine as directed, and not for more often or for a longer duration than that. This product is formulated to treat cold sores. Do not use it for the treatment of other kinds of infections.
What is the difference between Zovirax Cold Sore Cream and Compeed Cold Sore Patch/Herpotherm?
Compeed Cold Sore Patch is a product for treating cold sores by way of applying an invisible healing patch. It uses a hydrocolloid 075 technology in the form of an active gel that works as a second skin.
Secondly, Herpotherm as a lip sores treatment and the preventive product is a pocket-sized electronic device that heats up to about 51°C before placing on the affected area.
How effective is Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
Zovirax Cold Sore Cream is a useful product for treating cold sore symptoms caused by the herpes simplex virus. A study featured in the MDedge Family Medicine online journal indicated that acyclovir treatment administered during the onset of the symptoms reduces the pain and the healing time of the outbreak. Combined with another medicine, valacyclovir, the duration of the lesion is reduced, the healing time is hastened and the development of the lesion is prevented. The study further noted that acyclovir has significantly decreased the pain of all the patients involved in the research.
Can I buy Zovirax Cold Sore Cream online?
Zovirax Cold Sore Cream can be purchased online and in local pharmacies. You can feel at ease to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how to best use this product. This medication is available in 2g aluminium tubes and 2g pump assembly packages. If you buy online, the medicine will be sent directly and discreetly to you by Next Day Delivery.
How should I use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
Adhere to your doctor or pharmacist’s directions about the proper use of this product. If you need more information pertaining to it, talk to your healthcare provider.
This medication is intended for external use only.
Squeeze a small amount on the cream on your fingertip. Apply a thin layer of it over the affected area, covering the outer edges of the cold sores as well. Do this procedure 5 times a day, with 4 hours intervals in between. You do not need to apply this medication in the middle of the night.
You can apply this product at the onset of the cold sore symptoms, particularly when you begin to feel an itching, burning or tingling sensation on your face or lips. You can also start your treatment when the blisters have started appearing.
Do not exceed using this product for four days. If, after this time duration your symptoms do not improve but on the other hand persists and worsens, you should consult your doctor.
If you missed applying a dose, follow up with another one as soon as you remember. If the schedule of your next dose is nearing, just skip applying that which you missed. Then proceed with your usual regimen for your treatment.
An overdosage of this medication is unlikely as a topical application; however, if someone has swallowed the cream, call your doctor and seek medical attention immediately.
Wash your hands clean and dry before and after using the cream. Do not rub your cold sores with your hand or a towel to avoid aggravating your infection.
What are the side effects of Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
Medicines may have side effects that are experienced by different individuals in different ways. Zovirax Cold Sore Cream may have side effects, too, but not all users experience them.
Call your doctor right away if you do not feel well while using this product.
As much as this medicine helps in treating herpes labialis, it may also bring serious side effects, although unlikely. Consult your doctor and seek medical attention immediately if you experience untoward symptoms while medicating on this product.
If you experience allergic symptoms while using this medicine, call your doctor and seek medical attention right away. Symptoms of medicine allergy include:
Swelling of the lips, face, throat or mouth
Severe itching, skin rash or hives
Difficulties in breathing or swallowing
Low blood pressure signified by dizziness or fainting
The above-mentioned side effects may be serious and requires hospitalization or urgent medical attention, however, they rarely occur, especially if medicating with low doses of the cream, and using it for a shorter period of time.
Please speak to your doctor or consult our specialists at Click Pharmacy should you require any further advice.
What is Zovirax Cold Sore Cream used for?
Zovirax Cold Sore Cream is a cream used for the treatment of cold sores.
What is the active ingredient in Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
The active ingredient in Zovirax Cold Sore Cream is acyclovir. This ingredient is effectively used for the treatment of cold sores.
Do I need a prescription to purchase Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
No, you do not require a prescription to purchase Zovirax Cold Sore Cream. However if you are unsure whether this product is right for you, you are welcome to book a free consultation with one of our medicine experts.
How often should I apply Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
You should apply Zovirax Cold Sore Cream 5 times a day at regular intervals of at least 4 hours.
How should I apply Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
Prior to applying Zovirax Cold Sore Cream you should ensure the infected area is thoroughly cleaned. You should then apply a thin and even layer of Zovirax Cold Sore Cream to infected areas.
How long can I use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream for?
You should not use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream for any longer than 7 consecutive days.
How long after using Zovirax Cold Sore Cream does it take to notice improvements in my condition?
You should begin to notice improvements in symptoms after a few days of continuously using Zovirax Cold Sore Cream. If after 4 days of use you notice no improvements in symptoms, you should stop using Zovirax Cold Sore Cream and seek medical advice from a doctor.
Can I use other cold sore treatments while using Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
It is advised to avoid combining Zovirax Cold Sore Cream with other cold sore treatments. This is to prevent the chances of the medicines combining and causing extreme side effects.
What if I forget to use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
If you forget to use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream, you should skip the dose you just missed and continue as normal. You should never apply two doses at once, even if you are making up for a missed dose.
How should I store Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
You should store Zovirax Cold Sore Cream in a cool dry place, out of reach from children, and at room temperature. This product should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.
Can children use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
You should consult with a GP or pharmacist before allowing young children to use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream. This is because Zovirax Cold Sore Cream may not be suitable for all ages, especially younger children.
Can I use other skin care products while using Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?
It is safe to use other skincare products while using Zovirax Cold Sore Cream. However you must ensure the skincare products are not applied on or around the cold sores. This is to prevent them from getting irritated.
After using Zovirax Cold Sore Cream you are unlikely to experience side effects. This is because Zovirax Cold Sore Cream contains a formula which is unlikely to combine and interfere with other areas. If you experience any of the following:
- Severe itching or irritation
- Difficulty breathing
You may be experiencing an allergic reaction. In this case you should stop using Zovirax Cold Sore Cream immediately and seek medical advice from a professional as soon as possible.
Authored by Jana Abelovska
Last reviewed 20 April 2021
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