Zovirax - ointment to help prevent and treat herpes infection
January 29, 2012
Zovirax cream and ointment will help you quickly eliminate and even prevent outbreaks of herpes infection on the lips, around the eyes and genitals. Zovirax Cream is used for outdoor purposes, it is desirable to always have at hand to quickly deal with the "cold" on the lips.
Action ointment Zovirax
3% ointment Zovirax is used for the topical treatment of herpetic lesions of the eye. Herpes affects mainly the transparent cornea (herpetic keratitis). The causative agent of the disease is often herpes simplex virus
Herpes simplex - in fact, not so simple
I type. Most people are healthy carriers of the virus, infected by them in childhood. Typically, the virus hides in clusters of nerve cells (nerve ganglia), but various adverse conditions, it can be activated and cause a variety of diseases, including keratitis.
Herpetic keratitis may begin after a flu or any other infection after hypothermia, overheating, prolonged sun exposure and various hormonal disorders
Hormonal disorders - oversupply and a lack of equally dangerous
, Trauma to the eye, and so on. Most often, the first time it appears in childhood, affecting only one eye, and then takes a long time, that change often exacerbations and remissions. The manifestations of herpetic keratitis - bubbles on the surface of the cornea, conjunctiva and on the edges of the eyelids. A special feature is the absence of herpetic keratitis and corneal redness reducing its sensitivity. Often it keratitis combined with neuralgia
Neuralgia - the scourge of the elderly
Treatment of herpetic keratitis must be integrated and administered only by a physician, in severe cases, treatment takes place in a hospital.
Antiviral drugs are used for oral administration in combination with a 3% ointment Zovirax. Be sure to designate a restorative treatment and medicines - immunomodulators - restoring immunity.
Action Zovirax cream
For the treatment of herpetic lesions of the skin and mucous membranes of the genitals applied Zovirax Cream 5%. Its impact on the affected skin and mucous membranes does not differ from the action of an ointment, cream but can not be used for treatment of eyes and mucous membranes of the oral cavity.
Basically cream Zovirax is used to treat herpes sores on the lips, which are called "cold."
He even recommended to wear with them to apply at the first sign of defeat lips. Signs of these are known to all the people who ever suffered "cold" on the lips: unpleasant tingling and a feeling of fullness in the place where later the bubble is formed. If at this moment to spread his lip Zovirax, a vial may not be formed. If the bubble has already formed, it is under the influence of Zovirax will quickly turn into crust.
Zovirax - time-proven antiviral drug
used for the treatment of genital herpes recurrences, which also manifests itself in the form of blisters on the mucous membranes of the genitals. Bubbles in the mucosa rapidly burst and turn into surface erosion. All this causes unpleasant burning and itching. When using Zovirax cream burning and itching fairly quickly pass, restore the integrity of the mucosa.
How to apply cream Zovirax
Zovirax Cream is applied gently to the affected areas of the skin and mucous membranes five times a day until the disappearance of lesions, usually it takes five to ten days. In order to recover is fast and the infection does not spread to other parts of the body surface, it is necessary to observe the following rules:
- before and after applying the cream should be thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water; In the first case, it is the prevention of entry of a bacterial infection, and the second - to prevent the spread of herpes to new areas of the body from the patient and to others;
- to apply a small amount of cream you need to squeeze your finger, and then gently, taking care not to crush the bubbles, put it on the affected areas;
- if within ten days of the regular application of the cream right of recovery does not occur, you should seek medical advice.
All formulations Zovirax well tolerated, however, when using Zovirax for local and external application of possible side effects. The skin may take the form of dryness and flaking, accompanied by edema. On the mucous membranes may appear redness and swelling. Normally, such phenomena do not require discontinuation of therapy. But if redness or swelling is increasing, a rash appears on the skin, it is likely an allergic reaction, in this case the use of Zovirax should be discontinued.
Zovirax Cream without a prescription and "cold" on the lips it can be used even without a prescription.
Interferon - protects against diseases of the new century?
May 6, 2010
- Interferon - protects against diseases of the new century?
- The main antiviral agent
Interferon - a protein that the immune system produces in response to the invasion of foreign microorganisms into the body. Interferons are a large group of proteins called cytokines under; They produce them leukocytes, T-cells and fibroblasts
Fibroblasts: the mystery of the connective tissue
. There are three classes of interferons alpha, beta and gamma. They have their own unique and common properties. Interferons, which are part of various medicines produced using recombinant DNA technology. The mechanism of action of interferons is very complex and has not been studied until the end. They participate in the reactions of penetration into the body of foreign substances; they do not kill viruses or cancer cells. Interferons stimulate the immune response and reduce cancer cell growth by regulating the activity of several genes that control the secretion of numerous cellular proteins, affecting, in turn, the growth of abnormal cells.
Why use interferons?
Since interferons exert a positive influence on immunity, they are used in the treatment of various diseases, one way or another connected with the immune system. For example:
- Interferon alfa-2a (Roferon-A) is used to treat hairy cell leukemia, Kaposi's sarcoma associated with AIDS and chronic myeloid leukemia.
- Interferon alfa-2b is used to treat hairy cell leukemia, malignant melanoma, genital Kandil, Kaposi's sarcoma associated with AIDS and chronic hepatitis B and C.
- Ribavirin in combination with interferon alpha-2b, interferon alfacon-1 (infergen), pegylated interferon alpha-2b or pegilirirovannym interferon alpha-2a is also used to treat chronic hepatitis C.
Chronic hepatitis C - creeps imperceptibly
- Interferon beta-1b (betaseron) and interferon beta-1a (Avonex) are means for treating multiple sclerosis.
- Interferon alfa-n3 (Alferon-N) used for the treatment of genital and perianal warts caused by human papillomavirus.
- Interferon gamma-1b (Actimmune) is used for the treatment of granulomatous disease and severe osteoporosis.
Side effects of interferon
While receiving interferon in the patient may appear symptoms similar to flu symptoms. Approximately half of the patients, they occur after each injection. Symptoms reduced when taking analgesics (e.g., acetaminophen) and antihistamines (e.g. diphenhydramine).
Also, there is damage to tissue at the injection site; often this side effect appears when using interferon beta-1b and pegylated interferon alfa-2b.
Some patients taking interferons, become depressed
Depression - a little more than a bad mood
But we can not say for sure, it happens because of the action of the drug or because of the illness being treated with it. However, before prescribing interferon is recommended to examine patients for susceptibility to depression and suicidal thoughts.
When used in large doses of interferon can occur following side effects:
- Stomach ache
- Pain in the joints
- Back pain
In rare cases, patients taking interferon, observed anorexia
Anorexia nervosa - symptoms and effects on the body
, Constipation, increased heart rate, dizziness, decreased amount of white blood cells, anemia, skin rashes, slight hair loss, edema, cough, shortness of breath. There is a possibility of allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock.
During the course of interferon treatment is recommended to be analyzed regularly liver function.
Interaction with other medicaments
Interferon alpha-2a, alpha-2b and beta-1b can increase blood levels of zidovudine. Although this reaction may enhance the effectiveness of AZT, it also has undesirable side effects. Therefore, the dose of zidovudine while receiving interferon is recommended to reduce up to 75%.
Interferon alfa-2a and alfa-2b slow time-theophylline from the body, so the dose of the drug should also be reduced.