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Do you dread the tingling, burning sensation that signals the oncoming of a cold sore? See your doctor about a prescription to buy Xerese Cream which combines an antiviral medicine called Acyclovir (5%) and Hydrocortisone (1%). Xerese Cream can reduce the healing time of a cold sore and possibly cut back on their occurrences.
Cold sores are a result of the herpes simplex virus, more specifically HSV-1. Many people become infected with this or HSV-2 and are not even aware of it as it lays dormant. HSV-2 involves the virus that affects the genitals but they are interchangeable. HSV is extremely contagious during the ‘outbreak’ stage and there is no cure, only treatment.
When you apply Xerese Cream on the tingling or red area of your lip as directed, the ingredients are absorbed into your skin cells. Acyclovir uses its antiviral action to stop the viral DNA from replicating in three ways: 1) to inhibit the viral DNA enzyme, 2) to incorporate itself into and terminate the growing viral DNA chain, and 3) to render the viral DNA enzyme inactive.
At the same time, Hydrocortisone uses its corticosteroid abilities to reduce the actions of certain chemicals in your body that cause redness, swelling, and inflammation. The sooner you start applying Xerese Cream, the quicker your cold sore heals and disappears so you are contagious for a shorter period of time, and you will spend less time trying to hide the blister or scab on your lip. Xerese Cream can even help stop the cold sore from ulcerating.
Cold sores most commonly appear on your lip and can even spread to involve both lips, but they may show up on your cheek or chin as well. What causes them to suddenly appear? Exposure to sunlight, your period, a fever, or stress can activate the virus in your body. Most HSV-1 infections occur during childhood and once this virus is in your body, it becomes a permanent resident that may appear sporadically throughout your life.
Although oral herpes (HSV-1) can be transmitted through oral-to-oral contact with the sore, saliva, and the areas in or around your mouth, it can also be transmitted through oral-genital contact and result in genital herpes. HSV-2 can be contracted through oral sex and cause cold sores.
Ask your doctor about the safety of applying Xerese Cream while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. To determine if Xerese Cream is the right medicine for you, tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements. Follow the instructions carefully to reduce the risk of infecting others!
You should always use a finger cot or gloved hand when applying Xerese Cream to the cold sore to avoid spreading the virus further. Even if you do not have an active outbreak, you may still infect someone else as this oral virus sheds in your saliva approximately 5% of the time. Do not share Xerese Cream with anyone else as you could be passing on the virus with it. Thoroughly wash and dry your hands before and after applying Xerese Cream to avoid contamination. Do not use Xerese Cream for genital herpes.