The Acyclovir is a compound cream substance the same name, which is commonly used for treatment related to herpes simplex in areas such as the lip or skin of the face, and herpes displayed on the part of the genitals.
Before starting to use this cream, it is important to know its benefits, indications and how to use it, in order to avoid possible side effects.
What is Acyclovir cream for?
This medicine does not prevent or eliminate herpes, it simply helps prevent the spread so that the herpes (which usually clears up on its own in a period of two weeks or less) does not spread further around the affected area or the symptoms continue to increase in intensity, that is, it prevents increased itching and sensitivity due to irritation.
It is ideal to start applying it just when the first signs of infection are appearing, which are itching in the respective affected area, irritation, followed by the appearance of blisters.
If the topical medicine is placed when you begin to feel the symptoms, it is easier for the medicine to act correctly on the affected area, stopping its evolution and expansion, allowing it to disappear more quickly.
It is not advisable to wait for it to spread too much, as this will slow down the recovery process and the affected area will be larger, as well as the symptoms will be stronger and more uncomfortable for the patient.
Who can use Acyclovir cream?
Acyclovir cream can be used by children and adults without a prescription. The only thing the user must bear in mind is to be careful not to be allergic to the main component of the drug (Acyclovir), to Valtrex, or to any of the other substances that make up this pharmaceutical product.
If you are constantly consuming any medication such as vitamins or supplements, you should inform a specialist in advance to confirm that the cream can be used without problem. Likewise, in the case of pregnant or lactating women, they should consult a doctor about the use and daily amount that can be applied of this product.
The cream should be used only on the skin, preventing it from getting into the eyes, nose or mouth. It is important to keep it out of the reach of children, so that it cannot be applied without adult supervision.
How is Acyclovir cream used?
This product should be applied consistently, 5 times a day for a period of 4 days. It can be used regardless of the level to which the outbreak has advanced, however, as explained above, it is advisable to apply it when symptoms begin to be noticed, as this will allow the topical medication to act more quickly on the affected area.
It is not recommended to exceed or decrease the recommended amount to apply in the area, as this can be counterproductive.
If the cream is applied inconsistently or less times than indicated, a rapid recovery cannot be ensured and as with any medication, it is not appropriate to exceed the stipulated amount as it could affect the area in question.
The cream should be applied evenly over the entire part of the body where the herpes is spreading, this should reduce the symptoms during the days of treatment. In the event that herpes does not improve, a specialist doctor should be consulted to change the treatment.
The cream should not be applied to areas that are not affected by the disease, or to lesions or marks previously caused by another case of herpes that has already been cured.
It is important that both the hands of the person who is going to apply the cream, as well as the affected area where it will be placed, are clean and dry. It should be applied by rubbing the area until the cream disappears and then keeping it uncovered, without covering it with clothing or patches so that the body can absorb it.
After applying the product, the patient should wash their hands well to remove any residue of the cream that may remain, this in order to avoid that cream accidentally falls into the eyes or mouth.
What side effects can this medicine cause?
Acyclovir cream can cause certain mild side effects, which should not cause concern, such as dry or chapped lips, dry skin, which can begin to peel in extreme cases, skin irritation, as well as redness in the area where the product was applied.
On the other hand, there are other adverse effects that may appear, which are not common, but if they do appear they can create important health consequences, these are:
- Rash and itchy skin.
- Difficulties in breathing and swallowing, due to inflammation in the throat area.
- Inflammation of certain areas of the face such as the lips and eyes.
- Swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or legs.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should go immediately to a medical center to be treated by a specialist. If by mistake the medicine has been ingested orally, the person should also be taken in an emergency to the nearest medical center.
Preservation of the medicine
It is important, to keep the medicine in good condition, always keep it in its packaging and at room temperature, away from hot or humid spaces (do not keep it in the car or in the bathroom where it is subject to humidity and constant changes in temperature).
Once the product has expired, it must be disposed of properly. It should not be applied after its expiration date for any reason, this can be counterproductive for the infected area.
Like all medicines, the way in which it is stored during its useful life is of great importance, since any alteration in any of the factors already mentioned (such as humidity and temperature) can lead to alterations of any kind in the product. , causing it to be damaged before its time and causing problems when applied to the infection.