Zovirax is used for curing of herpes infections of the skin, lip, and genitals, herpes zoster (shingles), and chickenpox. It does not cure herpes infections but relieves pain and itching and encourages healing. Topical Zovirax does not put a stop to the reappearance of sores but may reduce pain and itching if applied when the earliest symptoms first appear. Oral Zovirax decreases the frequency and severity of recurrent sores, however it is used only by people with severe herpes infections because of possible unpleasant effects. This medication can be recommended for other uses, ask your physician or pharmacist for more information.
Zovirax topical is generally applied six times a day with three hour intervals between the dose, for a week. Start the treatment as soon as you notice the first signs (e.g. tingling, burning, and blisters). Enough cream should be applied to cover the lesion(s) completely. A one half inch ribbon of cream covers about four square inches of surface area. To avoid spreading the virus to other body parts and to other patients it is best to use an applicator (e.g. cotton swab) when applying Zovirax. You can also wear a glove or finger cot when applying the medication. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying Zovirax. Avoid getting the cream in the eyes. Take this drug exactly as suggested by your physician, don't stop using this medication without your physician`s approval even if you feel better. Your symptoms can start to go away, even though the infection is not completely treated. Lesions caused by herpes viruses should be kept clean and dry.
Zovirax topical shows its best result if the curing is started during the first 48 hours after appearance of the rash. People you are allergic to acyclovir or propylene glycol should not use Zovirax. Follow your physician`s directions for using this product.