Can I use zovirax (acyclovir) ointment on my lip?

Yes. You can. But don't expect any benefit. Oral acyclovir is safe. It can be useful IF USED CORRECTLY. Valacyclovir is more effective and easier to use. Several topicals are available but none are worth a look.

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Can I use zovirax (acyclovir) 5% ointment on my 5 year old son lip?

Yes but... Have your child checked first if he really has "cold sore." other viral rash can be confused with. Read more...
Yes. No harm. But worthless. Vaseline will do the same. If the problem is herpes, then oral therapy is effective IF USED CORRECTLY. Read more...

Can zovirax (acyclovir) be used with a lip balm?

Separately better. The goal of herpes simplex eruption treatment is to dry the area as fast as possible. A lip balm will keep it more moist delaying healing. Also, using a lip balm can possibly spread herpes to other parts of the lip. If you already used your lip balm on the area, hold off until hsv heals then get a new lip balm to use, preferably one with sunscreen. Sun exposure can trigger hsv eruptions on lips. Read more...
Cold Sore Treatment. I assume you are asking about zovirax (acyclovir) ointment, it also comes in an oral form, which is fine to use with lio balm. Be sure to rub the zovirax in well, wait a few minutes, then apply the lip balm. Know that oral forms of treatment, especially short course, high dose Valtrex (valacyclovir) or Famvir are more effective. Consult with your board certified dermatologist to review these options. Read more...
Yes. Will not spread herpes. The purpose is NOT to dry the lips! Perfectly safe and OK to use together. BUT ACYCLOVIR{ZOVIRTAX} OINTMENT IS A WASTE OF MONEY. It is effective only orally, and oral valacyclovir is better. This is an ANTIVIRAL. To dry the lips will impair healing, not help it. Read more...

Should I be concerned if during a HSV 1 outbreak above my mouth, I visited my two week old niece? I am concerned about droplet t I started applying zovirax ointment as soon as I felt tingling at the area. I washed my hands and stayed about two feet away

Cold . Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. By the time people reach adulthood, 70-90% of them have been exposed to hsv-1. Most people become infected as an infant or small child when kissed or by sharing eating utensils with an adult who has the virus. The virus is most contagious when someone has a cold sore, but can still be passed along by someone who does not. Many people do not even know that they are infected because the virus can "hide out" in the nerve cells for very long periods of time - for some people it hides out forever and they never get a cold sore. For others, the virus can "wake up" and that's when a cold sore happens. No one knows exactly what causes a cold sore to appear - sometimes stress, illness, fevers, colds, sunlight, cold weather, menstruation, certain foods, allergies, you name it! they usually last 7-10 days and are more of an annoyance than a danger unless you have a weakened immune system or contract a bacterial infection on top of the cold sore. As long as you practice good hand washing and do not kiss or share utensils with the child, you are minimizing her exposure. Read more...
Low likelihood. Unless you kissed the baby or touched her with contaminated hands at her mouth or lips, the chances of transmission are negligible. Read more...

Should I be concerned if during a HSV 1 outbreak above my mouth, I visited my two week old niece? Worried about droplet infection I started applying zovirax ointment as soon as I felt tingling at the area. I washed my hands and stayed about two feet away

HSV . Hsv type 1 is typically passed on by direct exposure to saliva and even droplets from breath. The precautions you took should have been sufficient to protect the newborn from the virus. I am very impressed by your thoughtfulness in this matter. You would be surprised at the number of individuals that do not take these precautions, your niece is lucky to have someone that cares so much for her well being. There is still a significant chance that she will contract it at some point in her life, it is most commonly transmitted in childhood. Regardless you are doing the responsible thing. Read more...
Very little. Unless you kissed her or touched her lips or mouth with your contaminated hands, the chances of spreading to her is negligible. Read more...