Articles

Use of topical zinc to prevent recurrent herpes simplex infection: review of literature and suggested protocols.

Author

Eby GA

Date

6/1985

Journal

Med Hypotheses

Abstract

Zinc ions have been reported to be antiviral to herpes simplex viruses. A number of treatments using zinc are reviewed which illustrate the effects of topically applied zinc in reducing the duration and severity of human orolabial and genital infections. Long-term topical application of zinc salts appears to greatly reduce or eliminate recurrences of genital herpetic infections.