How to use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream

Zovirax Cold Sore Cream is clinically proven to speed healing*1

Zovirax Cold Sore Cream is the product of expert knowledge. Our dedicated research and development has enabled us to offer a treatment that is not only simple to use, but also clinically proven to reduce healing time.

  • First sign

    Apply at the first sign of a tingle, bump or itch. If you miss the first signs, you can also start to use it at the blister stage.

  • Keep it clean

    Remove any cosmetics before applying Zovirax Cold Sore Cream. Always wash your hands with soap and water before and after treating your cold sore.

  • Don’t skimp or skip

    Apply to the affected area five times a day at approximately four hourly intervals for four days. With a cotton swab or your finger, use enough to completely cover the sore and surrounding area. Just rub in gently and completely. If you miss a dose, just apply the next time you remember and continue on schedule.

  • Don’t share

    Cold sores are contagious. Don’t share your tube or pump with anybody else.

  • Make it up

    You can apply cosmetics like lipstick over Zovirax Cold Sore Cream, after it has completely dried. Always use a separate make-up applicator, like a cotton swab to avoid spreading the infection.

  • 4 days max

    Use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream for no more than 4 days. If your symptoms do not improve after 4 days of treatment with Zovirax Cold Sore Cream, you should tell your doctor.

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*On average compared with historical data for untreated cold sores

1. Spruance SL, Stewart JC, Freeman DJ et al. Early application of topical idoxuridine in dimethyl sulfoxide shortens the course of herpes simplex labialis: a multicenter placebo-controlled trial. J Infect Dis. 1990; 161 (2 ): 191-7.