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An antiviral is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills viruses. The viruses are usually causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antivirals to help his body get rid of the infection.
Not ypical : About 80-90% of people have hsv 1 antibodies. This is different from hsv 2 (genital herpes). Unless you had evidence of a genital hsv 1 infection (possible but rare) then antivirals would not typically be prescribed. For those with a history of genital herpes then antivirals are usually started around 35-36 weeks for prevention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An elderly friend recently had shingles-he took antivirals fo13 days as prescribed but still has bad pain- what's a natural pain relief regimen?
Shingles pain: This is called post herpetic neuralgia. The older the patient when they get shingles, the more likely they will get post herpetic neuralgia. The pain can be persistent and chronic. Over the counter medscape usually don't work. Zostrix cream is an over the counter treatment. Prescription pain medication may be necessary, or seeing a pain specialist might be needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why an antiviral?: An antiviral is for stopping viral infections. Just having a clear vaginal discharge doesn't mean there is a need for an antiviral. The primary care doctor or the ob-gyn doctor can check to see if there is any infection at all. ...Read more
Yes: This would depend on the specific drug, but the most common antiviral medications used in pregnancy are valcyclovir (valtrex) and acyclovir, both of which target the herpes viruses. They are both safe and can reduce your risk of a herpes outbreak around the time of delivery, which can be dangerous to a newborn. Tamiflu should be limited to known flu infection or exposure in the high risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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