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Acyclovir Cream Vs Ointment
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Infection v. pain: Acyclovir cream is a cream containing an anti-herpes drug. It's sometimes used to treat cold sores, though it's less effective than oral anti-herpes drugs. Zostrix (capsaicin) (capsacin) is a cream made from the active ingredient of chili peppers. It can be used to treat localized pain caused by herpes zoster (shingles). It works by killing nerve endings so that you stop feeling the pain. ...Read more
Herpes: Although there is no cure for herpes, some drugs have been effective in reducing the frequency and duration of outbreaks. It might be a good idea to discuss options with your doctor. If you have outbreaks often, you may want to consider taking an antiviral drug every day. Doctors call this suppressive therapy. The oral medications are more effective. ...Read more
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A few days: In a few days if it works. (sometimes, not working at all). ...Read more
I m suffering from herpes. Dr. suggest me Acyclovir cream & tablet. I read on net it prevent virus to spread not remove. Can I use Antiviral with it?
Bad news: Once you get herpes you have it for life. It is from a family of viruses well known for hibernating in your body (tissues) and recurring repeatedly. The cream is helpful for skin sores & the tablet is an antiviral which can fight it. There are some antivirals you can take long term to keep the breakouts to a minimum. ...Read more
No: Acyclovir is for the treatment of Herpes virus, and it is the treatment of choice of fever blisters (which are a form of herpes, not to be confused with genital herpes) Docosanol, if it has been effective for your blisters, then they are not herpes. But the two drugs are not interchangeable... ...Read more
Yes: Yes it is safe but not needed just use vaseline ...Read more
Yes: But would advise against use of topical Acyclovir (zovirax). It will not shorten the herpetic outbreak or minimize your symptoms. The value is that it reduces viral shedding and therefore transmissability to others, but at the cost of potentially inducing resistance so that if and when you need systemic therapy it will be less effective. ...Read more
Perioral dermatitis finished a course of oral antibiotic but nothing. Doc said could b viral. Given acyclovir cream. Oral acyclovir? Wat do u think?
Are cold sores different from genital herpes? Also, is there any medication that can supress it? I only use acyclovir cream when I have an outbreak.
Herpes: There are two herpes viruses. We now call them type one and type two. Cold sores, as you call them, are usually oral and herpes type one. That is at least 90% of the time to be true. But, herpes two, which is usually seen as 'genital' herpes, can be caught on the mouth as well and can also cause 'cold sores'. The best test is the blood test. There are three oral medications to treat and suppress. ...Read more
Chicken pox 3rd day will using zovirax (acyclovir) cream for face help in healing or prevent from scar?
Possible: The anti-viral creams will shorten the duration of the illness, and in so doing, may help prevent some scars possibly forming. Best wishes. ...Read more