The Need and Methods for Assessing the Activity of Topical Agents Against Viruses

Authored by: Shamim A. Ansari , Syed A. Sattar

Handbook of Topical Antimicrobials

Print publication date:  September  2002
Online publication date:  September  2002

Print ISBN: 9780824707880
eBook ISBN: 9780203909256
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780203909256.ch27

 Download Chapter

 

Abstract

Topical agents intended for the decontamination of skin have routinely been examined for their antibacterial properties, and indeed this has often been assumed to be all that is necessary. Viral contamination of skin has not been widely recognized, and, therefore, neither is the need for topical antiviral agents. While pathogenic viruses are not a part of the normal resident microflora of the body, they are shed for varying periods by those infected with them. Shedding of virus generally begins prior to the onset of clinical symptoms and lasts for several days, or occasionally weeks, after recovery. It is also important to note here that most cases of viral infections remain asymptomatic while silently shedding infectious viruses into their surroundings and can, therefore, be a source of serious disease for others.

 Cite
Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.