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Will Antiviral Medication Treating 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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 for systemic treatment and a few intravenous medications for severe Herpes. You should be under a physicians's supervision for this condition. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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