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Practical Management Measures for Patients with Recurrent Herpes Labialis

Recurrent herpes labialis is a common condition associated with the formation of vesicles around the mouth, often preceded by prodromal symptoms including tingling and burning. The purpose of this article is to serve as a practical guide in the management of recurrent herpes labialis by summarizing current treatments and discussing potential new therapies.

Recent Approval of Xerese in Canada: 5% Acyclovir and 1% Hydrocortisone Topical Cream in the Treatment of Herpes Labialis

Herpes labialis is a frequently occurring viral infection of the lips and oral mucosa. Clinical data on the efficacy of topical combination acyclovir-hydrocortisone (Xerese™) product in treating herpes labialis are discussed.

Penciclovir Cream – A New Treatment for Herpes Labialis

Penciclovir cream (Vectavir™/Denavir™, SmithKline Beecham) is a novel product, approved in 15 countries including the USA and UK, for the treatment of herpes simplex labialis in immunocompetent adults.

Famciclovir for the Treatment of Recurrent Genital and Labial Herpes Lesions

For the treatment of labial herpes, a single 1,500mg dose of famciclovir shortened the lesion healing time, shortened the time to normal skin, and resulted in faster resolution of pain and tenderness.

Famciclovir Therapy (Famvir®) for Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster Infections

Genital herpes simplex and herpes zoster infections are common afflictions that are associated with significant morbidity and a decreased quality of life. Famciclovir (Famvir®, Novartis) is an orally administered prodrug of the antiviral agent penciclovir.

Cold Sores Treatment

Herpes labialis or cold sores are a common and recurring concern for many patients. This article focuses on methods to help patients manage the discomfort and pain associated with cold sores, and to reduce the length of the outbreak.

Clinical Management of Recurrent Herpes Labialis

This article reviews HSV infections around the lips (herpes labialis), and clinical trial data of a new formulation of topical 5% acyclovir with 1% hydrocortisone cream (Xerese®).

Advantages and Disadvantages of Acyclovir Treatment

Over all, acyclovir is a safe and effective drug with rare side effects when used as short term treatment. There are some concerns about side effects when acyclovir is used as long term suppressive therapy in patients, particularly pertaining to the kidneys and the blood system.

Valacyclovir for the Management of Herpes Viral Infections

The Herpesviridae family (Types 1-8) continues to inflict considerable morbidity and social stigma upon humanity. Once infected with the herpes viruses, especially Types 1-3, they establish permanent residence within our nervous system and reactivate during periods of stress, trauma, and/or other precipitating factors.

Diagnosis of Herpes

This article focuses on the diagnosis of herpes. When is laboratory testing beneficial or even required? This article delves into the various methods of testing.

Review of Management Options for Genital Herpes Infections

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This article discusses an overview of HSV, diagnosis and workup, as well as treatment options for management of genital herpes.

Shingrix for Herpes Zoster: A Review

Shingrix®, a new recombinant subunit vaccine, has shown a great deal of promise in the prevention of HZ in adults over the age of 50. The combination of zoster viral glycoprotein E and the AS01B adjuvant system make it a safe, efficacious option for the elderly as well as immunosuppressed individuals.

Herpes Treatment Charts

This article describes the recommended treatments for herpes - cold sores, and genital herpes. Dose recommendations and prescription instructions are provided.

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