Herpes treatment is different depending on whether you have the infection for the first time known as a primary infection, or if it is a reoccurant outbreak. There is no actual cure for HSV (human simplex virus) despite many claims from companies there is no real expert medical evidence. There are medicines that can help with the symptoms when you experience an outbreak.
Herpes Treatment for a primary infection
In most cases, the first infection of genital herpes will develop some time after being exposed to the herpes simplex virus. In some cases, it can be months even years, in other cases it can be as little as two to seven days. Your doctor may prescribe you Acyclovir this can treat both primary andreoccur ant outbreaks. It can come in the form of a topical cream which can be applied to the sores, it is also available in pill form and can lessen the number of repeat attacks. Other antiviral drugs that may be prescribed are Famciclovir, valacyclovir and Acicovir. The antiviral tablets are usually a five day course, it does prevent the HSV from multiplying but does not clear the virus from the body. Certain anti viral tablets can have undesired effects.
Herpes Treatment for reoccurant outbreaks
Reoccurant out breaks herpes symptoms should not be as severe and are usually more mild and do not last as long. In the case of mild symptoms herpes treatment in the form of antiviral tablets may not be prescribed. Your doctor may suggest some self help techniques as herpes treatment.
Self help herpes treatment
- over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen
- Make sure the affected area is kept clean as possible, this will prevent the blisters becoming infected and help the healing process
- applying petroleum jelly to the infected areas, or using a topical anaesthetic to help control the pain when going to the toilet.
- Avoid tight clothes that may irritate the ulcers/blisters.
- Drink plenty of water to help dilute urine
Episodic herpes treatment
If there are fewer than six genital herpes outbreaks per year when there is a break out your doctor will prescribe aciclovir. This is usually a five day course and is referred medically as episodic herpes treatment.
Suppressive genital herpes treatment
If you suffer with more than six outbreaks of herpes in a year with severe symptoms which are causing a lot of distress, aciclovir may be advised as a long term treatment. Suppressive treatment will be aciclovir twice daily for anything up to 12 months. This is still no guarantee of reoccurant outbreaks in the future but after the herpes treatment, symptoms should be less frequent and mild.