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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


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Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

Hopefully yes: Critical is an early diagnosis and immediate use of such drugs. Outcomes these days are far better with modern treatment, but as noted, time is of the essence. ...Read more

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How harmful can herpes be and are antiviral medications or herbals harmful to the liver?

How harmful can herpes be and are antiviral medications or herbals  harmful to the liver?

HSV: Herpes type 1 and 2 are chronic viral illnesses that have active and dormant phases. In an immunocompromised patient, it can become a disseminated disease. It can be fatal to a newborn if mother has active lesions and baby is delivered vaginally. Treatment includes Acyclovir which is a well known drug used for decades. Please speak to your physician about side effect profile of drugs and herbs. ...Read more

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Taking antiviral for herpes daily and large doses during supposed outbreak.Is this bad for me?As far as drug resistant virus go?

Correct way to use: This is the correct way to deal with recurrent, frequent herpes outbreaks. Daily suppression can decrease the frequency of outbreaks and then taking therapeutic doses when having an actual outbreaks. ...Read more

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Is there an antiviral medicine that i can take that would hinder the spread of herpes?

Yes: There are several antiviral medications that help prevent the spread of HSV. None is 100% effective. Taking one of these medications daily can reduce recurrent outbreaks. It is possible however for a women to have asymptomatic shedding of the virus even while taking one of these medicines. She may unknowingly spread the virus during this time. Condoms help prevent transmission. ...Read more

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What kind of antiviral medicines I should take for herpes outbreaks?

Several: This depends first upon the correct diagnosis - have your lesions been diagnosed as Herpes? The antivirals vary from topical drops for Herpes in the eye, to pills like Valtrex (valacyclovir) for systemic treatment and a few intravenous medications for severe Herpes. You should be under a physicians's supervision for this condition. ...Read more

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A friend of mine was bitten and now is on antivirals in case simian herpes b. What can we do or look for for her and is it contagious between humans?

Symptoms start : and as soon as 7 days with flu like symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches and general feelings of being ill. There may be blisters that form near the site of the bite, but not always. Unfortunately, the B virus can affect the spinal cord or brain, and then there could be change in sensation, balance problems and paralysis. Human transmission is rare. Prophylactic meds decrease risk of nerve damage. ...Read more

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Is taking antivirals every day considered a cure for herpes, or do the meds stop working after a few years?

Prevention not cure: Taking antiviral medication can decrease the risk of having a herpes outbreak but it does not cure or permanently eliminate the virus from your body. Unfortunately there is no cure for herpes. If a patient has frequent outbreaks then taking daily antivirals can be very helpful. ...Read more

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I was just visually diagnosed with herpes. After two weeks of antivirals i took some left over clindamycin & i was better. Could it be a misdiagnosis?

I was just visually diagnosed with herpes. After two weeks of antivirals i took some left over clindamycin & i was better. Could it be a misdiagnosis?

Herpes vs Staph: Yes, cold sores or herpes simplex can look a similar to impetigo or a staph infection around the mouth. The key difference is that herpes sores tend to be at the border of the lip and are clear where as impetigo typically looks crusty and brown and often does not involve the actual lip. Impetigo often is seen in the corner of the mouth or near the chin or nose rather than the lip. ...Read more

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Ulcers on roof of mouth?Antiviral for 6 months no relief!if not herpes what could it be?

Ulcers on roof of mouth?Antiviral for 6 months no relief!if not herpes what could it be?

Biopsy: I definitely agree that it needs to be re-evaluated. My rule of thumb is that an ulcer that does not resolve in 2weeks needs to be biopsied. There are several types of cancer that can show up on the roof of the mouth, so this needs to be addressed asap. I see that you are relatively close to my office mid you like, we can get you in before the weekend for the procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Fine
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Antiviral (Definition)

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 ...Read more