Treatment Guidelines for Xerese
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Xerese include the following:
- Xerese is normally applied to the affected area five times a day for five days. Apply a thin layer, and cover the entire area, including the outer edge of the cold sore.
- This medication should only be used on the lips or around the mouth. Do not use it inside the eye, mouth, or nose, or on the genitals.
- Xerese works best if started at the first signs of a cold sore (tingling, redness, itching).
- Gently wash and dry the area around the cold sore before applying Xerese. Also wash your hands before and after using the cream to help prevent spreading the infection or getting the medicine in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Try not to touch or rub your cold sore. This could irritate the skin, making the cold sore worse, or spread the infection to other areas of your mouth or lips.
- Do not cover your cold sore with a bandage while using Xerese. Doing so may cause irritation.
- Do not bathe, shower, or swim for at least 30 minutes after applying the cream.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. This medication will not work better or faster if you apply more than prescribed.
There is only one standard recommended dose of Xerese, regardless of your age or weight. As always, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Xerese Dosage for more information.)