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How easy is it to pass herpes from a woman to man? And what about if both are on anti viral medication?
Herpes Newest INFO: Gender has nothing to do with this. Herpes viruses do not discriminate. So here is what we know: a person with hsv 2, the 'genital' form of herpes can shed virus irregularly and without sores. Medication can lower this risk by 50% but not more than that. A person who already has hsv 2 cannot get it again. The same goes for the hsv 1, the simplex virus. I am unsure why you are both on meds. ...Read more
I have herpes and have been prescribed anti viral medication to take everyday, however at the moment I have an aggressive flare up will these work?
Increase the dose: Assuming acyclovir or valacyclovir for suppression, during an outbreak you should increase the dose for a few days. Check with the doctor or clinic who prescribed it for the exact dose and duration. You can also ask if you should take a higher dose for ongoing treatment. For example, 1 g valacyclovir daily sometimes is more effective than 500 mg, especially if outbreaks are fairly frequent. ...Read more
Asthma?: If you have asthma, you need to address inflammation and airway reactivity hence the advice to use both a bronchodilator and an inhaled steroid. If you are having wheezing from a viral illness and the wheezing is reversed with a bronchodilator, there is a possibility that you have had mild asthma and symptoms were not enough to get your attention until the respiratory illness. ...Read more
What anti viral medication is used to prevent someone from getting herpes if he feel he has been exposed?
A HBV viral load of 2255. What is the advice in terms of medication, diet and other for full cleansing of the body system?
Carrier state?: That is a low viral load (if it is measured in copies/ml). You may be in a carrier state - your doctor will have to decide that. You will then need to be followed closely and may not need any meds right now.. In the meantime, eat healthy, avoid excessive alcohol/acetaminophen intake. ...Read more
Does anti viral medication prevent you from getting herpes or does it just prevent symptom from accruing if you already have it?
Might work, but...: The 3 main antiviral drugs active against herpes (acyclocir, valacyclovir, famciclovir) can speed healing of herpes, especially the first infection and sometimes recurrent outbreaks; and reduce (but not eliminate) outbreaks and transmission to partners. They might prevent it if exposed, but only if taken before exposure; from animal studies, even an hour after exposure to the virus is too late. ...Read more
I have herpes 1 (oral) And my girlfriend doesn't have it. I want to kiss her but I'm scared I will give it to her. She knows I have it. Does anti viral medication help so she can't get it from? And how much does it help?
No kissing if active: If and when you have active herpes 1 lesions you should avoid kissing. You might need to take antiviral medicine as soon as you have signs of recurrence. Chance of spreading herpes 1 when you don't have active lesions is very slim but can happen. If you get frequent episodes of herpes then you might need to be on daily dose of antiviral medicine for a long term. Kissing would be safe then. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
...: I was not able to find any information about viralcide online other than a few mentions in some blogs. Perhaps it has another name? Or is no longer available as a supplement? ...Read more
Are there any anti viral medications which are effective against established cases of squamous papilloma?
Hpv: There are meds that affect the manifestations of the virus (ie, the papillomas) but it takes the patient's body to get rid of the virus. Imiquimod is an immune modulator that is very effective. Both tri- and bi-choroacetic acid can destroy visible lesions also but have no affect on the virus. ...Read more
My mom is suffering from fever 102f. Seems viral since its in the air these days. Hv givn combiflame tablet. Please advise medication.
Get evaluated: Fever can be a symptom of multiple etiologies. Best advice is to seek a careful internist to evaluate with a good clinical history, physical exam and a well thought out laboratory evaluation. The differential diagnosis for fever is very large. A good physician will treat best once he has enought data to substantiate a diagnosis. Careful follow up very important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been Hiv+ for a lil over 10years. My cd4 is 1141 and my viral load is 128. I've never been on medication. When will I start to get sick?
Maybe never, but...: It sounds likely you are an "elite controller", i.e. one of the rare HIV infected people who have very slow if any long term damage to the immune system and may survive 20 years or more. But sometimes things can go bad very quickly. You should be under the care of an infectious diseases specialist or other HIV/AIDS specialist and follow her advice. Don't take chances! ...Read more
How soon can I go back to work after contracting chickenpox? I received anti-viral medication for my chickenpox three days ago. How long do I have to wait to go back to work and not be infectious?
Depends: The contagious period is likely lessened by antivirals but we have no clear guidelines for their benefits. The contagious period of chickenpox is considered from 1-2 days before the spots appear until the last one has crusted over, or 7 days from the first spot, whichever is later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Flu medication: The antiviral drugs available are amantadine, rimantadine, oseltamivir and zanamivir. The influenza virus has been shown to be resistant to the first two. Although a growing resistance has also been observed to the third, it is still safe to use in the form of a pill to be taken by mouth. The last drug is in inhaler form. ...Read more
Since valacyclovir is an anti-viral medication will taking it help ward off viral illnesses such as colds etc?
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