Herpies Treatment Options

Herpies treatment plays a vital role in making our lives easier.

With the advent of modern science, advancements in medicine and technology have made the herpies virus a lot more manageable.

The bad news: there is no cure for genital and oral herpies.

The good news: there are different treatment options available to help prevent the symptoms from getting worse.

And they are relatively cheap and easily available in your local pharmacy.

Ask for a prescription from your family doctor, that way you will know the right dosage that is suitable for your body and current condition.

In the meantime, here is some information that you should know about these herpies treatments.

Guidelines for Herpies Treatment

Herpies Treatment

Generally, the treatment of choice for genital herpies is the use of antiviral medications.

These can either be topical or oral formulations. However, between the two, oral medications have been found to be more efficient and reliable.

Sometimes, doctors would prescribe both, depending on the severity of the symptoms.

In patients with severe cases, antiviral medications are given via intravenous injections.

Currently, there are three drugs that are considered effective and safe treatment for herpies. These are:

  • Acyclovir (Zovirax). Acyclovir is used primarily for both primary and recurrent outbreaks of herpes infection. If taken within 24 hours upon the onset of symptoms, it can help speed up the healing of the lesions caused by the virus. For some, it can actually stop the lesions from developing.
  • Valacyclovir (Valtrex). This drug is designed primarily to treat recurrent cases of genital herpies. It is recommended to take the drug within 24 hours upon the onset of symptoms, 3 times daily.
  • Famciclovir (Famvir). This drug, on the other hand, is used for immunocompromised patients with frequent outbreaks. Because it is easily absorbed by the body, this drug is taken less frequently than the 2 other drugs. It is recommended to take Famciclovir within 6 hours after the onset of the symptoms.

First Outbreak Treatment for Herpes

This treatment regimen is for when you first experience a herpies outbreak.

You can take any of the above mentioned antiviral medications but you should take note of the right dosage as it differs from one another.

For example, the recommended dosage for acyclovir is 1200mg divided into 3 to 5 doses in a day.

But when given with Valacyclovir, you should take 1g twice a day.

With Famciclovir, 750mg divided into 3 dosages.

Recurrent Outbreak Treatment

This is the intermittent therapy for herpies.

As you can't exactly predict when the herpies virus will produce another outbreak, you don't have to take a recurrent treatment everyday.

You take the drugs only when you start to see the signs and symptoms.

Usually, it only last for about 3 to 5 days.

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