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Zovirax Uses for Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by a virus, usually herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Symptoms of genital herpes may include:
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Bumps
  • Tingling
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Painful urination (see Genital Herpes Symptoms for more information).
Genital herpes blisters usually heal within one to two weeks. Most people who are infected with genital herpes will have recurrent outbreaks. Zovirax is not a cure for genital herpes, as the virus will always remain in your body. However, when used to treat genital herpes, the drug can help blisters heal more quickly.
If taken on a daily basis, Zovirax can also help prevent genital herpes outbreaks from occurring and may decrease their severity.
Even while taking Zovirax, it is important to avoid sexual contact while you are having a genital herpes outbreak to prevent spreading the virus to your partner. It is important to always use condoms, even between outbreaks, as it can be spread at any time.

Zovirax Uses for Chickenpox

Chickenpox is an infectious disease caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), a virus that is part of the herpes virus family. Chickenpox typically results in:
  • A blister-like rash
  • Itching
  • Tiredness
  • Fever.
Symptoms of chickenpox can begin with one to two days of low-grade fever and tiredness. However, these early symptoms do not always occur before the chickenpox rash develops. These symptoms are typically followed by itchy blisters that first appear on the trunk, face, and scalp. These blisters can spread over the entire body, causing between 250 and 500 itchy blisters. The rash can appear in three or more successive waves. Eventually, the blisters crust over.
Most cases of chickenpox can be treated at home, without prescription medications. However, more serious cases, as well as chickenpox in adolescents or adults, sometimes require treatment with prescription medications such as Zovirax.
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