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Docosanol Cream

Docosanol Cream

Where is Docosanol used?

Docosanol is a cream medication used for the treatment of a cold sore infection that is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Herpes is a common infection that reasons to a sore in your genitals or mouth. It can be painful or annoying, but it usually leads to serious health problems.

Docosanol belongs to the class of medications called antivirals. This can speed up the healing of sores and will lessen the symptoms like itching and pain. This medication is approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How does Docosanol work?

Docosanol works by blocking the virus from entering the healthy skin that causes cold sores. It also stops the virus from growing in numbers. This medication will help you ease the symptoms and prevent the virus from developing.

How to use Docosanol?

  • Use the creamat the first signs of a cold sore like redness or a bump.
  • Wash and dry your hands before applying the cream.
  • Clean and dry first the affected area.
  • Apply a thin layer of the cream to completely cover the infected area.
  • Rub it gently.
  • Use this about 5 times a day every 3 to 4 hours.
  • Wash your hands carefully after applying.
  • Do not apply the cream in or near the eyes. It may irritate. If accidentally the cream gets into the eyes, wash with clean water right away.

Use only the amount of the medication that is recommended by your healthcare professional. Use it regularly to get the most benefit. This medicine works best when the amount of it absorbed by the skin stays at a constant level.  

What are the possible side effects of Docosanol?

Common side-effects:

  • Swelling
  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Headache

Serious side-effects:

  • Swelling of your tongue, lips, or face
  • Hive, rash, or itching
  • Breathing difficulties

If these persist or worsen, call for medical attention right away.

What are the precautions in using Docosanol?

  • Before using this cream, tell to your doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have any allergies. This cream may contain an ingredient that causes an allergic reaction. If you have any signs of an allergic reaction, call for emergency assistance right away.
  • Cold sore can spread easily. During the outbreak, avoid close physical contact if possible with others until the cold sores have completely healed. Also, do not touch the cold sore and wash your hands right away if you do touch the cold sore.
  • This medication should be used only when necessary for pregnant women.
  • Stop using this medication and inform your doctor if your cold sore gets worse or persists for more than 10 days.
  • You should tell to your doctor if have any present medication including herbal supplements or vitamins.
  • Do not share the cream with others who have the same condition as yours.
  • Tell to your doctor if you are using other skin products.
  • Consult your doctor first before using this cream if you are a breastfeeding woman.
  • Keep this away from the reach of children.
  • Keep at a clean and dry place to avoid infections.