Genital Herpes Treatment

As of today, there is no cure for genital herpes. But there are antiviral drugs which may help patients lessen the severity of the symptoms and prevent or shorten the number of recurrent outbreaks. These drugs also help heal the sores faster and help minimize the chance of transmitting the virus to another person which will eventually make an easier living.

genital herpes treatmentThree most commonly used antiviral drugs for genital herpes are:

  1. Acyclovir (Zovirax);
  2. Famciclovir (Famvir); and
  3. Valacyclovir (Valtrex).

These three drugs prevent the herpes simplex virus from duplicating but do not entirely erase the virus from the patient’s body.

The treatments given may vary depending whether the patient experiences an initial outbreak or a recurrent one. During an initial outbreak, the antiviral drugs may be taken from seven to ten days to prevent the sores from getting worse. This initial treatment may take longer if the sores are severe and do not heal easily. On the other hand, there are two possible ways of treating recurrent outbreaks:

  1. Every time a patient starts to notice an upcoming recurrent outbreak, the doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs for the patient to take while the symptoms are present. This is called an episodic treatment. When the symptoms disappear, the patient does not need to take any drugs.
  2. Another way is when the patient experiences outbreaks more often, the doctor may suggest that the patient take the antiviral drug as maintenance every day. This is called the suppressive treatment. The antiviral drug is usually prescribed for a year and if the patient seems to have milder and lesser symptoms, he or she may be given episodic treatments after that. The suppressive treatment can also minimize the chance of transmitting the virus to a patient’s sex partner although the use of a latex condom is still recommended.

For outbreaks that are mild, there are some ways to alleviate them without the need for any antiviral drugs. Here are some of them:

  • Keep the affected area clean at all times. Use warm or salt water to prevent the blisters from being infected and to heal them faster.
  • Do a cold compress on the affected area.
  • Drink plenty of water. This will alleviate the pain during urination.
  • Do not wear tight jeans or clothes to prevent the blisters from being irritated.

Herpes medications are not available over the counter and are by prescription only. If you’re tested positive for Herpes or any other STD’s, our network of doctors will prescribe medicine for you.