Sadly, you cannot cure herpes.
There are two forms of herpes, the herpes simplex type-1 virus and the herpes simplex type-2 virus. Herpes is categorized as a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) and is spread through direct contact with a contagious area.
Cold sores or oral herpes are types of herpes simplex type-1 virus. Genital herpes is a form of the herpes simplex type-2 virus.
Although there is no way to cure herpes, treatments are available to help manage or maintain the symptoms associated with any type of herpes.
For genital herpes, all treatments are usually prescribed medication. However, in the case of cold sores, various over-the-counter treatments are available.
Treatments for genital herpes include acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir. Your doctor may also prescribe antiviral medications to help reduce symptoms. Antiviral medications are usually taken every day.
Treatments for herpes can help to reduce the number and severity of outbreaks that occur, but none of them will cure herpes.
See a doctor or a healthcare professional before you decide to take any medication to treat your case of herpes. He or she can provide you with a proper diagnosis. You can both discuss and determine which treatment could work best for your condition and the type of herpes that you have contracted.
Along with any treatment that you decide to take, you should also remember to try and lead a healthier and more active lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy diet and sleep pattern, along with getting enough physical exercise, can also help to reduce the frequency of herpes outbreaks. It is also recommended that you try and avoid stressful situations.
There is no guarantee that these treatments will work the same for everyone.
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