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is their acure for herpes?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Herpes: No cure for herpes. Treat each episode as needed. May take daily medication if: 1) you have more than 10 outbreaks a year, 2) your partner (s) is (are) herpes negative. You can pass/shed herpes even when you don't have outbreak. Incubation period is 2-26 days.
Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology 23 years experience
Some hope: I agree with dr. Irizarry's comments with one bit of hope. While there is no promised cure and you are contagious even when there is no outbreak, there was a study showing that daily suppressive therapy for 6 months may provide a "cure". That means that instead of taking antiviral medication only when you have an outbreak, you take a lower dose for 6 mos, then stop, and may not get it again.

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I am in a monogamous relationship, am I safe from herpes?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 45 years experience
No: There are 2 people in a monogamous relationship. You cannot always be sure what the other half is doing even if you are in the relationship with a priest (can a priest date these days?); have you been exposed prior to the relationship? Sometimes the virus will lie dormant for determined periods of time prior to becoming active. Dr. J.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will antiviral medication be effective in treating my herpes outbreaks?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Oral antiviral medications are helpful in preventing or clearing up herpes sores. Topical antiviral creams are somewhat helpful but not as helpful as oral medications. To treat an outbreak, one should start the medication as soon as possible to get the best effect.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What is propolis? Can it work for my herpes?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe, but unproven: Propolis is a substance made by bees (out of plant nectar & sap) to seal parts of their hive. Placed on herpes sores, some studies have claimed better healing. However, propolis is not a single item, because bees just use what they can find for their hives. Propolis is different in different hives, even in different parts of one hive, and especially in different parts of the country or the world.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is mono a form of herpes?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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No: Mono (infectious mononucleosis) is caused by epstein barr virus (ebv), and herpes sores are caused by herpes simplex viruses type 1 or type 2. Herpes simplex and ebv are different viruses.
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How can I tell if I have scabie or herpes?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
See Dr.: These lesions look different ;both should be treated asap.

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