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Acta Derm Venereol. 1980;60(2):175-77.

Topical application of zinc-solutions: a new treatment for herpes simplex infections of the skin?


Eighteen patients experiencing 22 episodes of recurrent herpes simplex skin infections were treated with topical applications of a solution containing 4% zinc sulphate in water. In all patients, pain, tingling and burning stopped completely within the first 24 hours of zinc therapy. Crusting occurred within 1-3 days and no adverse effects were observed.

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