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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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If I have oral herpes, will it go away? Can I transmit it if I give oral? Also, do I need medication or can I just use salt water

If I have oral herpes, will it go away? Can I transmit it if I give oral? Also, do I need medication or can I just use salt water

Need Rx if new: If a new infection with severe symptoms (multiple sores, sore throat, swollen nodes, etc), you need Rx ASAP with an anti-herpes drug like valacyclovir. If recurrent cold sores, it's too late; they'll heal soon. You can transmit to a partner by kissing or oral sex, if s/he hasn't previously had the same herpes type (probably HSV1). Transmission risk highest during outbreak, low risk at other times. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes, do I need to be on medication to get rid of the outbreak, or can I do without meds. And it go away.?

I have genital herpes, do I need to be on medication to get rid of the outbreak, or can I do without meds. And it go away.?

Let me explain: There's no cure for genital herpes. Treatment with prescription antiviral medications may:
help sores heal sooner during an initial outbreak
lessen the severity and duration of symptoms in recurrent outbreaks
reduce the frequency of recurrence
minimize the chance of transmitting the herpes virus to another. ...Read more

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How long does it take for genital herpes sores to heal and go away? Have been taking anti viral medication but the sores are very sore

Some 2-3 weeks...: The natural course of genital herpes is about 2+ to 3 weeks for average healthy persons in assuming no significant additional inflammation, i.e., cellulitis. Anti-viral drug can shorten its course by some 45% if taking in within 24 hours of its onset which begins with local hypersensitivity followed with blisters at the same location. Now, just keep the area as clean & dry as possible + pain med? ...Read more

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Herpes, can medication make it stop?

Herpes, can medication make it stop?

In time and number..: Medication should shorten the duration a lesion is present and the frequency they occur. ...Read more

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What medication do you take for herpes?

What medication do you take for herpes?

Valtrex (valacyclovir): Valtrex (valacyclovir) is probably the best anti-viral medication for herpes, as it is taken twice a day, as compared to other medications that need to be taken 3-5x per day. It will help to suppress the viral shedding and make it less likely that you will pass the virus to your sexual partner. You should still avoid contact while having an outbreak in any event. ...Read more

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How do I afford herpes medication without insurance?

How do I afford herpes medication without insurance?

Important ideas. . .: Find a neighborhood doctor and establish a long-term relationship (easier done when one has insurance). Most docs will continue to see a regular patient during temporary hard times, for just a few dollars. A new patient will likely need a minimum of $70, at a doc who serves lower income areas. The generic Acyclovir should be pretty cheap, and can be taken at the first sensations of a herpes rash. ...Read more

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Could the reseachers trying to find medication that can treat herpes?

Could the reseachers trying to find medication that can treat herpes?

Although there are: Antiviral medications that can be used to treat herpes simplex virus infections — there is not a cure at this time. ...Read more

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Got told I had herpes and II was put on medication but results came back clear, what happened?

Got told I had herpes and II was put on medication but results came back clear, what happened?

Herpes simplex: Don't know how you were tested, but most often this is a clinical diagnosis based upon the mode of presentation of the lesions. Treatment, unless begun immediately after onset is seldom effective in shortening the duration of symptoms. You don't say where the infection occurred, but am assuming genitally, in which case you might want to be tested for other stds. Hope you are well soon. ...Read more

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How long does it take for herpes to clear up after taking the medication? And he has an out brake and I don't why is that?

How long does it take for herpes to clear up after taking the medication? And he has an out brake and I don't why is that?

Resistance &Exposure: Like any other viral (or bacterial) infection the host has to be susceptible to the infection and the exposure must occur in a place that harbors the infections (mucous membranes for example) Some people develop antibodies to certain infectious agents and therefore when exposed never contract it. Herpes lasts 7 to 14 days as a natural course. ...Read more

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If a monogamus couple both have asymptomatic herpes, should they take medication?

If a monogamus couple both have asymptomatic herpes, should they take medication?

Treatment Yes: If they have an outbreak yes. But, if the herpes is the same there is no need for suppressing viral shedding in the scenario you describe. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter herpes medications for prevention?

Any over-the-counter herpes medications for prevention?

Are you asking: About preventing a person with herpes from spreading it to someone without herpes? The only really effective meds I am aware of are antivirals like acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), or valacyclovir (Valtrex) which are all oral. ...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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Alouivcior is this medication only used to treat herpes virus's? (I may spelt it wrong)

Alouivcior is this medication only used to treat herpes virus's? (I may spelt it wrong)

There are other: Uses as well. For example Acyclovir is used to treat shingles, which is reactivation of varicella zoster (chicken pox). ...Read more

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I have herpes zoster I took my antivirus medication altoghther with cortison I am 56 what is the best analgsic for the pain?

I have herpes zoster I took my antivirus medication altoghther with cortison I am 56 what is the best analgsic for the pain?

Analgesics: Mild herpes zoster(shingles) pain may be helped with nonprescription pain relievers, but severe pain often needs Codeine combined with generic tylenol (acetaminophen) prescription medications for relief. ...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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Does herpes medication cause hot flashes?

Does herpes medication cause hot flashes?

Antivirals: Antiviral medications that are given to treat herpes do not generally have a side effect profile consistent with symptoms of "hot-flashes", although anything is possible! ...Read more

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What other medications are there for herpes?

What other medications are there for herpes?

Herpes Medications: You asked what others there are, besides what? There are several medications such as Acyclovir and valtex to name a couple. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink alcool if I take herpes medication?

Is it ok to drink alcool if I take herpes medication?

Depends: It depends on in which medication. In general if it is Valtrex (valacyclovir) it is ok to drink a small amount of alcohol. Do not drink excessive amounts. ...Read more

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If I have an asymptomatic herpes, should I take medication?

If you are sexually: Active you should take a medication to decrease viral shedding to prevent spread of the herpes which you can do even when you are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to receive oral sex from someone that has herpes and not contract it? If the person is on medication

Is there anyway to receive oral sex from someone that has herpes and not contract it? If the person is on medication

Low risk: If the person is on medication to suppress herpes, that lowers your risk considerably. Remember also that oral herpes is usually caused by hsv-1, which most adults already have. This is different from genital herpes, caused by hsv-2. ...Read more

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Me and my boyfriend both have type 2 herpes. I had an outbreak still on my medication its now gone can we have intercorse?

Me and my boyfriend both have type 2 herpes. I had an outbreak still on my medication its now gone can we have intercorse?

Herpes type 2: Herpes type 2 may run a chronic recurrent course, often requiring chronic prophylasix with antiviral medicines and increasing dose during acute exacerbation. Avoiding contact with blisters or skin lesions and use of protective barrier during sex will reduce transmission. ...Read more

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I have herpes 1 and I want kiss and makeout with my girlfriend without giving to her. What should I do? Is ther me a medication I can take?

I have herpes 1 and I want kiss and makeout with my girlfriend without giving to her. What should I do? Is ther me a medication I can take?

No: If you mean what you say don't kiss her now! And it is known for some time that you can transmit HSV for a few days beforehand. Also, even if you tell her you won't kiss her, who knows what will happen in the heat of passion. Safest not to. ...Read more

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Both my partner and I have gential herpes; is there strades of gential herpes, like for example breaking being so bad that medication not working?

Sorry: But I have re-read your question several times and don't understand what you are asking. Please clarify this further and re-ask. ...Read more

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If I reacted badly to a couple herpes medications, what other treatments exist?

If I reacted badly to a couple herpes medications, what other treatments exist?

What medications?: The standard drugs for herpes are acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir. Side effects are rare with all of them, and it is especially rare to "react badly". They are among the safest drugs that exis, for any medical condition. Most likely you can continue the same treatment. Contact the doctor or clinic that prescribed the medication to discuss your symptoms and the best treatment. ...Read more