There is no cure for herpes, however, there are several treatments available. Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and there are three different herpes medication available to treat it.
Acyclovir was made available in 1982 as a topical ointment. In 1985, it became available as a pill. It is proven to be safe for everyday use, for up to ten years.
Valacyclovir is a drug that uses Acyclovir more efficiently. With this treatment, the body will absorb Acyclovir better, which means that you would not have to take it as many times a day, compared to other treatments.
Famciclovir is a drug that uses penciclovir to stop the replication of the herpes simplex virus. It is also easily absorbed into the body and lasts for a longer time as well.
Antiviral medications may also be prescribed to patients who are having their first episode of genital herpes.
Results of these treatments may not be the same for everyone.
Cold sores are also a form of Oral Herpes caused by the herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1). Nearly half of all American adults have oral herpes. You can contract oral herpes if you come into contact with a contagious area of HSV with broken skin.
A variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications are available to help treat the symptoms associated with oral herpes. Over-the-counter medications for oral herpes can also help to reduce the pain attributed to this condition.
Remember to talk with a doctor or a professional healthcare provider before you choose a treatment for your case of herpes. He or she can provide you with more options that could be better suited to your conditions or prescribe you a certain medication that will help to treat your symptoms.
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