Zovirax cream has been clinically proven to be able to prevent cold sores from appearing. The cream contains the unique antiviral agent Acyclovir which prevents the cold sore virus from replicating.
Zovirax Cream has been prescribed for over 10 years to more that 22 million patients around the world. Clinically proven - this unique cream is available to cold sore sufferers without a prescription.
The tingling, burning or itching sensation, on your lips or around your nose, that you get before a cold sore develops is your reminder to use Zovirax cream as soon as possible. If used at this stage, Zovirax cream can prevent the cold sore blister from appearing.
If your cold sore has already appeared, Zovirax cream can help speed the healing process.
Ideally you should always keep a tube of Zovirax cream with you so that you can treat your next attack in time to be able to prevent its appearance.
A cold sore is an infection which is caused by an organism called the herpes simplex virus. This virus is different from the virus that causes colds. Although most of the population carries the virus, not everyone gets attacks of cold sores. The first infection usually occurs in early childhood, for instance after being kissed by a person with the infection. The virus passes through the skin, travels up a nerve and hides in a nerve junction until reactivated.
What reactivates the virus?
Colds and flu
Emotional upset and distress
Feeling run down
Once reactivated the virus travels back down the nerve to the skin causing a tingling sensation, the virus then multiplies causing the cold sore.
There are four stages to a cold sore
Tingle stage. At this stage, most people know they are about to get a cold sore. The skin tingles and itches before the cold sore appears. If treatment with Zovirax cream begins at this stage further development of a cold sore can be prevented.
Blister stage. This stage begins as a small, raised blotch which swells and forms blisters, either individually or in small clusters. The blisters are often very painful.
Weeping stage. Many people find this stage the most embarrassing and unsightly. The blisters collapse and join up to form a large, weeping sore. The virus can easily be spread to other people at this time.
Scab stage. The blisters begin to dry out and heal. A scab begins to form. This stage is most vulnerable to meddling fingers (particularly children). If picked, the scab will painfully crack and bleed.
The virus is capable of infecting other parts of the body. If you rub your eyes after touching a cold sore, you could start an eye infection. Herpes simplex infection of the eye can lead to ulcers on the window on the eye (cornea). Similarly, you should avoid kissing if you or your partner has active cold sores. Oral sex with a partner with an active cold sore may lead to a genital herpes infection.
Wash your hands before and after treating the cold sore so as to avoid making it worse or giving the infection to someone else.
Squeeze a small amount of cream onto your finger.
Apply to the affected area five times daily, about every four hours. If you forget a treatment, apply some as soon as you remember. Then continue as before.
Continue treatment for five days. If your cold sore has not healed after this time, treatment may continue for up to a further five days. If full healing has still not occurred after ten days, or if your cold sore has become very severe, consult your doctor.