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Soap For 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
Not so good: Docosanol (Abreva) has little if any effect against herpes outbreaks. It somewhat inhibits the virus in the lab, but has little benefit in shortening outbreaks. (The same is true for all creams or ointments, such as acyclovir or penciclovir, even though these are far more potent than docosanol against the virus.) Effective treatment requires oral therapy, e.g. valacyclovir or acyclovir. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No creams work well: No topical treatments (ointments, creams, etc) work well against herpes. Any moisturizing cream may help make lesions less painful as they heal, and anesthetic gel (e.g. lidocaine, benzocaine) may reduce pain if severe. But none speed healing. Effective treatment to prevent or shorten outbreaks requires treatment by mouth, usually valacyclovir (Valtrex) or acyclovir (Zovirax and other brands). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Razor and herpes: You could theoretically pass herpes through the use of a razor since the herpes virus lives in the nerve endings in the skin and a razor might open wounds in the skin to allow infection. Probably unwise to share a blade no matter the case regardless of shaving of the face or genitals. ...Read more
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It's possible: Sure, you can do that. It won't help the herpes eruption, though. Clotriazole treats fungus so, it would only be useful for a fungal superinfection of the rash. To treat herpes, you would need to use oral medication which is sometimes combined with topical soothing treatments. ...Read more
Sure, water is OK: The temperature is the key. Your skin will react to water if the temperature is too cold or too hot, which could lead to more pain and obvious discomfort. Room temperature water can help ease the painful, uncomfortable skin of shingles. Make sure to wash your towels after the use. Be well. ...Read more
Can genital herpes or any STD be spread through sharing soap or a bottle of body wash? What about towels?
No: If by "intimate" you're referring to your delicate parts, the answer is no, especially for the vagina and anal areas. Harsh soaps can cause drying, cracking and itching, and should be avoided. In fact, it's best to minimize the use of soap at all: just a little water is enough. ...Read more
Been tested for std's, yeast infection, bacterial infection, etc. Vulvar biopsy normal. Have clobetasol ointment. How often how long to use it?
Essential oils: Like tea tree or lemon balm oils can speed healing and relief. Homeopathic rhus box can also help. I have had great success with a chinese herbaceutical called schmoove. (ww.Franzcenter.Com is one place to see it) aloe may offer some relief as can topical zovirax (acyclovir) (a prescription form your doc). ...Read more