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Do I have to treat genital herpes

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Not recommended: Indications for capsaicin include both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain, pain associated with inflammatory joint disease and perhaps some pa... Read More

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Meds and time: Genital herpes can be quite painful. Topical or oral pain medication will help, and oral antiviral medication can speed recovery. Suppressive treatm... Read More
Dr. Henry Selke
Infectious Disease 16 years experience
...: Genital herpes can be treated with several different medications including acyclovir, Famciclovir and valacyclovir. Treatment can be offered as the ou... Read More
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Antivirals oral med: Treat outbreak as needed. Start treatment within the first 48-72 hours (even after 5 days). Some need supressive "daily " therapy: for freque... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Hutson
Gynecology 28 years experience
Yes: While there are no medications that cure herpes, there are medications that can help decrease the outbreaks and the severity of symptoms. There are an... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
HSV-2: Genital herpes can be diagnosed by a biopsy/culture of a lesion or a simple blood test. If you do not treat it, it may get painful, may worsen, and y... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Acyclovir: Acyclovir or valcyclovir are standard treatments. You should take them prophylactically during the last month of pregnancy to avoid getting an outbre... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Avoid contact/ RX: Genital herpes can easily spread between partners and between the mother and the delivering baby. The risk is greatest if the mom contracts primary ... Read More
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Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 29 years experience
Not Really: Anything available over the counter will only give temporary relief and only make it feel a little better for a short time. It is best to get prescrip... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Lesions there say no: Herpes infectious in all its forms (cold sores, genital and shingles/zoster) is contagious as long as the rash is present, and the sores are healing. ... Read More
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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Yes/no: Bleeding means.....open mucosa in vaginal area. It can be caused by the mechanics of sex, dryness, herpes sores, other infections.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Herpes treatment: The are no medicines that have any benefit for herpes except acyclovir, valacyclovir and famciclovir. In the US and most industrialized countries, the... Read More

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