Zovirax cream is a medicine that is sold in the form of an easy-to-apply cream. It contains the active substance Acyclovir, which is an antiviral drug. Acyclovir is used in medicine to treat infections caused by viruses. This includes herpes simplex virus infections, chickenpox, and shingles. It is sometimes used off-label in combination with a steroid (usually prednisolone) to treat Bell's palsy. Additionally, it can be used to treat acne and subsequent pain and inflammation after a steroid injection.
Acyclovir works by inhibiting the multiplication of viral DNA in the body. The medicine does not cure the virus in the body, but it will reduce the symptoms of the infections. The drug can reduce the severity of symptoms and their duration. For viral infections, it can stop skin sores and acne from forming and help them heal much faster. It can also help prevent the spread of viruses in those with weak immune systems. Acyclovir can also reduce pain, irritation, and inflammation of the skin in areas where there are sores, acne, or infection at the injection site.
How to apply Zovirax
Each gram of Zovirax 5% contains 50 mg of acyclovir in a cream base. The recommended dose of acyclovir depends largely on the individual characteristics of your body and the severity of the condition you want to treat. For this drug to be effective, it must be taken every 4 hours since the half-life of Acyclovir is 2.5 to 4 hours. For acne, infections, or inflammation, start by applying the cream to the infected area every 3 hours, 6 times a day, for 7 days, then gauge how your body reacts to that dose.Use a rubber glove to apply the cream to avoid overdosing through other parts of the body or spreading the cream to other people.
5% cream tube