Should you take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

How Severe? Most cases of herpes simplex i will resolve within a few days without treatment. Routine use of a broad spectrum sunscreen will help prevent and reduce the frequency of episodes. If the blisters are numerous with discomfort, an oral antiviral drug may be prescribed (valacyclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir).

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Do I need to take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

No. Most episodes will resolve without treatment. Treatment will hasten resolution and can prevent frequent recurrences. Read more...

How long does the herpes simplex virus (1) last on a finger. -if one touched a present oral blister that hasn't yet opened, then touched another area?

For life. It's not as bad as it sounds. The first episode is the worst. Recurrences become less and less symptomatic, and less frequent until finally it stops . There is usually an interval of months, or years between attacks. Are you a health care worker? It can defiinitely be transmitted to other areas but for some reason isn't commonly. Good Idea to cover it while you have it with a band aid. Read more...

I just need a prescription for acyclovir, I have herpes simplex virus 1 one and my doctor gave me a prescription for it with 4 refills and I lost it?

2 options. Your options depend upon what's happened thus far. If you already left your prescription at your pharmacy and lost the medications, just go back to pharmacy for early refill (although insurance may not pay). If you lost actual prescription, call doctor's office for new one. Since acyclovir isn't a controlled substance, I don't foresee an issue. Many docs use electronic prescribing so can't lose it. Read more...

Can someone be immune to the herpes simplex virus? And still have the shingles? If so is there a test you can take to see?

Yes, serology. Herpes viruses include herpes simplex types i (labial) and ii (genital), varicella-zoster (chickenpox and shingles), epstein-barr virus (infectious mononucleosis and burkitt's lymphoma) and cytomegalovirus (gi and eye infections in the immunosuppressed). Infections with one member of the herpes virus family does not convey immunity to other members of this group of dna viruses. Serum blood titers. Read more...
Painful 1-side rash. Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a member of the herpes virus family. Herpes simplex viruses are also members of the same family but different viruses from herpes simplex. You can have one & not the other. Having antibodies to herpes simplex doesn't prevent you from having shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of chickenpox that a person had previously. There are blood tests for all 3. Read more...

How can one reduce the antibody counts for herpes simplex virus, rubella, cytomegalo virus?

No reason to. They are your immunity. CMV and rubella antibodies protect your unborn child. I'm sorry someone confused you. Best wishes. Read more...