Top
40
Doctor insights on: Are There Over The Counter Herpes Tests

Share
1

1
Is there an over-the-counter test I can take to test for herpes?

No: As far as I know, no over the counter test is available. Clinicians can diagnose herpes lesions by simply looking at them. If in doubt, they can order more tests, but they aren't otc. Sorry. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


2

2
Any over-the-counter herpes medications for prevention?

Any over-the-counter herpes medications for prevention?

Are you asking: About preventing a person with herpes from spreading it to someone without herpes? The only really effective meds I am aware of are antivirals like acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), or valacyclovir (Valtrex) which are all oral. ...Read more

3

3
Herpes what best oral over-the-counter for vagial?

Herpes what best oral over-the-counter for vagial?

None: There is no good over-the-counter medication for vaginal herpes. All anti-viral medications are over the counter. ...Read more

4

4
What is an over-the-counter medicine for herpes in the vaginal area?

What is an over-the-counter medicine for herpes in the vaginal area?

Hsv2: There is no acceptible herpes cream for vaginal herpes one needs to see her gyn and may need prescription drugs. If you are pregnant and have vaginal herpes the child sometimes needs to be born by c section. ...Read more

7

7
Is there an over-the-counter med that can treat first signs of ocular herpes?

Is there an over-the-counter med that can treat first signs of ocular herpes?

Herpes: Herpes infection of the eye should be considered a medical emergency. See an ophthalmologist for prescription treatment. ...Read more

8

8
What's the best over-the-counter genital herpes medicine?

What's the best over-the-counter genital herpes medicine?

None, need Rx: To treat genital herpes, you do need a prescription for Acyclovir or one of the brand name equivalents. None of the over the counter medications will effectively treat genital herpes. ...Read more

9

9
Is there any over-the-counter drugs that can help genital herpes?

Is there any over-the-counter drugs that can help genital herpes?

No: There is no specific treatment or over the counter medications that can be used for genital herpes. ...Read more

10

10
Is there a lotion for herpes on stomach, back, and chest over-the-counter without perscription?

If you have herpes: Zoster which it sounds like you need Valtrex (valacyclovir) pills that will get rid of it the fastest, u can use zovirax ointment u need a script for both, so see your doc or a doc. ...Read more

11

11
What over-the-counter pain killer should I take to help relive the pain of blisters around my vagina, that may be genital herpes?

What over-the-counter pain killer should I take to help relive the pain of blisters around my vagina, that may be genital herpes?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): OTC Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a good medication for this problem. Dose 325 to 650 mg every 4 to 6 hours. Max dose is
4 g/day. Hope it helps. ...Read more

12

12
What over-the-counter products can I try to get rid of a canker sore due to herpes simplex 1?

What over-the-counter products can I try to get rid of a canker sore due to herpes simplex 1?

Not the same: Cankers (aphthae) are not herpes. Usually they heal quickly ; require no med. Primary herpes is the very first herpes infection ; shows a mouthful of sores. Most people skip this stage, reasons unknown. The only effective treatment for herpes is a prescription pill. See a dermatologist if you are in distress. ...Read more

13

13
I have a herpes outbreak on my butt, above the crack. What is the best over-the-counter medication - without hydrocortisone - for curing that?

I have a herpes outbreak on my butt, above the crack. What is the best over-the-counter medication - without hydrocortisone - for curing that?

Nothing OTC: Unfortunately there are no otc meds which will cure this...A prescription antiviral will assist with healing but will not cure it. ...Read more

14

14
I have herpes simplex 1 and get cold sores on my tongue and inside cheeks can I use the same over-the-counter products as I would for a lip cold sore?

I have herpes simplex 1 and get cold sores on my tongue and inside cheeks can I use the same over-the-counter products as I would for a lip cold sore?

May be oral aphthae: Herpes inside the mouth is uncommon. Oral aphthous ulcers are much more likely. The cause of oral aphthae is not known; sometimes oral ulcers are associated with other diseases or with systemic medication. There is no standard (nor very successful!) treatment for oral aphthous ulcers. Check with your doctor to see if he or she can make a more definitive diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

16

16
Do cold sore creams sold over counter work for genital herpes?

See your doctor: There are very effective oral and prescription topical medications to tx genital hsv infections. See you doctor for proper treatment, it will be far more effective than otc cold sore creams. ...Read more

17

17
Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

18

18
How do you get rid of yeast infection? How do you get rid of yeast infection? What kind of tests should I get done and then what kind of medications are recommended? Are there over-the-counter options? What about natural alternatives?

How do you get rid of yeast infection? How do you get rid of yeast infection? What kind of tests should I get done and then what kind of medications are recommended? Are there over-the-counter options? What about natural alternatives?

If: If this is the first time you are dealing with a possible yeast infection then you should see your doctor for confirmation. I am assuming we are discussing vaginal yeast infections. The symptoms are vaginal itching, irritation, and a white cottage cheese like discharge. The symptoms vary. Most doctors can make the diagnosis by history and examination alone. In addition a special test called a wet mount can be done; this allows the doctor to look under the microscope and make a diagnosis based on their findings.
As far as treatment goes there are multiple over the counter medications, or your doctor can prescribe you a pill and/or a cream. As far as natural alternatives, visit your local vitamin/herb store for lactobacillus acidophilus. There are many forms of this supplement. Ask for assistance.
Please see your doctor before treating yourself, and if it is yeast then you will know the signs and can self treat in the future.
All the best. ...Read more

19

19
How accurate are over the counter ovulation tests?

How accurate are over the counter ovulation tests?

OPKs: Most are fairly accurate. Be aware that its the day after a positive that you ovulate and the test will stay positive for several days after you get a positive, so don't waste additional tests once your test sticks show a positive surge (LH surge is what is being measured and occurs 24 hours before ovulation) ...Read more

20

20
Are accurate male fertility tests available over the counter?

Are accurate male fertility tests available over the counter?

None I know of: The only real fertility test for men is a semen analysis which is a detailed look at the sperm and other cells in semen. It grades the sperm quality based on number, activity and shape. If the semen analysis is normal, there is no further testing necessary. When it is abnormal, a physical exam and some hormone tests are the next step. ...Read more

22

22
If you having symptoms like HIV and took 2 test 1 over-the-counter and 2nd by primary both negative can it b still possible dat u hve hiv?

If you having symptoms like HIV and took 2 test 1 over-the-counter and 2nd by primary both negative can it b still possible dat u hve hiv?

See your doc: If u are worried about STD including HIV then make an appt with your physician & get tested. Tests can give false positives/negatives and your best bet is to have your blood drawn. Sounds like you are really stressed over this but as long as your unprotected sex didn't result in bleeding/blood contact your chance of infection with HIV is relatively low. This is an incomplete answer see an MD. ...Read more

23

23
I did a drug test and was positive ffor cocaine but have never done any drugs I was sick n taking over-the-counter meds would this cause a falsereport?

I did a drug test and was positive ffor cocaine but have never done any drugs I was sick n taking over-the-counter meds would this cause a falsereport?

Yes, false positive: Yes, many over the counter (otc) medications can cause false positive results on drug tests. This is particularly true for many otc cold medications including inhalers. Up to 65 otc medications and 250 prescription drugs can cause false positive results on drug tests. ...Read more

26

26
Will 16 mg of codeine (over the counter pain med from ireland) taken saturday and sunday show up on a preemployment drug test on wed morning?

Unlikely: If you only ingested what you have said, it is likely that your urine test will have dropped below the cutoff levels and be reported negative. This is no guarantee however and if the medication was obtained over the counter without prescription in a foreign country, the medical review officer will likely not accept that as medical justification and be required to report that as a positive test. ...Read more

27

27
Are over-the-counter male fertility test accurate?

Are over-the-counter male fertility test accurate?

It depends: The otc tests are a decent screening test for fertility problems, but predicting pregnancy rates off a test result is not yet possible. If you suspect there is a fertility problem, get an expert's advice. ...Read more

28

28
When is the earliest time you can take an over-the-counter pregnancy test?

When is the earliest time you can take an over-the-counter pregnancy test?

Missed Period: When the fetus is about fourteen days after conception (remember conception takes one to five days after sex) or when you miss a period. The morning after the first day of a missed period is the most commonly recommended time to do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

29

29
Are over-the-counter UTI test strips as accurate as the one done in the doctors office?

Are over-the-counter UTI test strips as accurate as the one done in the doctors office?

Yes and no: Otc strips show products that are present with red cells, white cells and bacteria. They don't actually show infection or blood. To do this they need to do a cell count and culture and that has to be sent out. The otc strips are similar and when they are positive they are suggestive of uti. Be careful, blood in urine alone can be stone or bladder cancer. Get it checked. ...Read more

30

30
I'm also curious as to which stores will be carrying the new over-the-counter HIV test, and about how much it will cost?

I'm also curious as to which stores will be carrying the new over-the-counter HIV test, and about how much it will cost?

30000+ stores +onlin: It is currently not available as to where and how much, but this info should be available closer to the actual launch date set for 10/12. I suspect local stores such as cvs, walgreen, wal-mart, target, riteaid etc. Will carry it and probably will cost about 30-40 bucks a pop--just a guess.
Good luck. ...Read more

31

31
I have a 99 efgr rating on a kidney blood test. What does this mean for me. Do I have kidney problems and what over-the-counter meds can I take?

I have a 99 efgr rating on a kidney blood test. What does this mean for me. Do I have kidney problems and what over-the-counter meds can I take?

Normal: I am assuming the estimated GFR is 99 ml/min. While I join other pathologists and nephrologists who has little use for subscientific estimates of glomerular filtration rates from spot creatinines, this suggests to me that your serum creatinine was normal, and that your personal physician is not concerned either. I'm sorry you got a scare and glad you're taking a proactive approach. ...Read more

32

32
I had 2 blasts transferred on friday and now it's monday. Does the 4 days for there to be enough hCG in the urine count for over-the-counter tests?

I had 2 blasts transferred on friday and now it's monday. Does the 4 days for there to be enough hCG in the urine count for over-the-counter tests?

Patience. Patience.: A parent must have a tremendous amount of patience. What's a couple of weeks in the grand scheme of life? ...Read more

33

33
We're wondering are we able to pregnant. What are the tests for men and women? Are there any over-the-counter tests (reliable?) or only hospital tests?

We're wondering are we able to pregnant. What are the tests for men and women? Are there any over-the-counter tests (reliable?) or only hospital tests?

Infertility: For men there are no test. For women there are ovulation kits that will show only if you ovulate monthly. The doctor with specific test will see if you can ovulate, if your tubes can carry the egg, if your uterus can host the pregnancy. 40 % of infertility is male factor, 40% female and 20% unknown. If no ability to get pregnant in 1 year please see an ob/gyn. ...Read more

34

34
How effective are over-the-counter urine pregnancy tests?

How effective are over-the-counter urine pregnancy tests?

Pretty good: Modern tests for home use are mostly reliable 11-12 days after ovulation. For women with irregular cycles they are not unreliable, but harder to predict when to do teh test. ...Read more

35

35
Can an over-the-counter pregnancy test come out negative if you are pregnant but you have an IUD in?

Can an over-the-counter pregnancy test come out negative if you are pregnant but you have an IUD in?

No: The over the counter pregnancy tests are just as accurate whether you have an iud in or not. Chance of pregnancy is low if you have an iud. ...Read more

37

37
I took an over the counter ovulation test it was positive on a Thursday we had unprotected sex 3 days later on Sunday morning. Could I be pregnant?

I took an over the counter ovulation test it was positive on a Thursday we had unprotected sex 3 days later on Sunday morning. Could I be pregnant?

Don’t guess.: Take a test.  they are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period.  if you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

38

38
Will over the counter medicine like uricalm affect the results of a 24-hour urine cortisol test?

Will over the counter medicine like uricalm affect the results of a 24-hour urine cortisol test?

Here are some. ..: Uricalm is cleverly branded to deceit the public on its soothing effect of phenazopyridine; of course, it is less expensive than from prescription. Its possibility to affect 24-hr urine cortisol test is not well studied. So, to be realistic & practical, you may discontinue Uricalm for 3-5 days for cortisol test since it's to ease urinary irritation. Furthermore, checking with the lab would yield.. ...Read more

39

39
I plan on doing a cycle of prohormone steroids soon. I'd rather use a "serm" rather than an over-the-counter test booster/estrogen blocker. Help?

Don't do prohormones: Prohormones are not studied enough to know what the long term side effects are. The most potent form of an androgenic hormone is dihydrotestosterone! the best way to become more androgenic you need more testosterone because everything else is considered less potent. If you can naturally raise your testosterone without going beyond the normal reference range then I see it as safe. ...Read more