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Has Anyone Been Cured From Herpes
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
No cure, can treat: Herpes is a virus that once you have, it can stay hidden in the skin. Your immune system keeps it from multiplying and causing the breakout or sores. When your immune system is weaker, like when it is busy fighting off a cold, the virus comes out to the surface. We do have medication that can help keep the virus from coming out, but there is no cure that will totally wipe it out of your system.
Depends on cause: Aphthous stomatitis involving the common canker sore can occur in up to 15% of americans, and may involve some bacteria like staph epidermidis. However, similar-appearing aphthous ulcers can be seen with herpes, crohn's disease, and other systemic disorders, if you have multiple aphthous ulcers or frequently recurring ones please have the lesions checked out.See 1 more doctor answer
Blister-like outbrea: Typically a blister-like rash that progresses to sores and scabs, usually on or near the mouth (oral herpes, cold sores, fever blisters) or the genital or anal area (genital herpes), often recurring from time to time. Treatment speeds healing of outbreaks and can help prevent outbreaks and transmission of the virus to other persons, but there is no cure; infection is life long.
"Herpes is Forever": There was an ironic quip that while love may fade..... It has no cure but some symptom relief is possible. It simply goes into ; out of remissions throughout life. Stress - physical or emotional can bring it out of retirement - general good health can keep it at rest. When you see your doctor, ask for guidance on managing it but definitely use condoms always but especially when sores are present.
Can herpes type 1 be cured? How exactly do you know you have it for sure if you don't have any outbreaks?
No: It can not be cured. You know you have it by getting blood test.
Not yet: Herpes is one of the most common & frequent infections. Once infected, the virus travels to sensory nerves and remains there lifelong. There is no treatment to eliminate the virus permanently. Reactivation or 'outbreaks' of herpes can be managed effectively with anti-virals. Frequent outbreaks can be prevented with daily anti-virals taken for a year or longer with close supervision from a doctor.See 2 more doctor answers
Curing Herpes: The simple answer is no. But, there is a way to treat any outbreak and a way to suppress outbreaks. Herpes is the name for two different but similar viral infections. The herpes type on generally is found in the oral or mouth region and herpes type two is thought to be more likely transmitted sexually and is found somewhere between the belly button and thighs. Treated is possible not cured.
Herpes simplex: Once infected with this virus it remains in your body for the remainder of your life. It cannot be "cured" in the sense that it is eradicated, but the frequency and severity of recurrences and the duration of illness may be shortened by the use of Acyclovir and its salts.See 2 more doctor answers
Controlling = curing: antiviral medications, e.g. acyclovir, help to control herpes outbreaks, it can also shorten the duration and limit recurrence, taking good care of yourself helps a lot too, eat a balanced diet, exercise, and get enough sleep, get treated early to prevent complicationsSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Once you get the herpes virus, you will always have it. There are periods of having symptoms when the virus is active & periods of no symptoms when the virus is not active. There are meds to help with the symptoms but will not cure it. Herpes can be spread even if you are not experiencing symptoms (ex rash). Always use condoms to prevent the spread of herpes to others.See 1 more doctor answer
No cure; Yes help: There is no cure for oral or genital herpes, but 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 primary care doctor can discuss the various treatments and prescribe medication.
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