How To Treat Genital Herpes

Every development in medicine brings about a certain level of relief for people waiting for a cure. Treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (such as genital herpes, herpes outbreaks, herpes simplex, genital warts, etc.) has developed and is now becoming more successful than ever.  Despite its sensitivity as a health topic, what is important in treating genital herpes is immediate medical consultation and treatment when you see and feel any of the herpes symptoms.

There are different procedures and prescriptions for treatment of the different types of sexually transmitted diseases, and here are some of the things physicians recommend that are ideal for treatment. Treatment normally involves non-prescription and prescription medicines (usually antiviral) to provide relief from the discomfort.

  • If you are experiencing pain and fever, you can use Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.
  • At home, you can take simple steps to help hasten herpes treatment. Taking a sitz bath and wearing cotton underwear will keep the virus from multiplying and aggravating the condition. Cotton underwear is necessary to keep the area dry and to let air flow. 
  • Ensure that your genital area is always dry and clean (even after treatment). More bacteria live in moist and cool temperature settings.
  • Wear loose fitting pants so as not to further irritate your genital area. This can prevent rubbing of the area, letting it heal faster and avoiding pain brought out by the blisters.
  • During treatment, do not use feminine sprays, or douche products. Some of these products contain chemicals that can aggravate the situation. Especially be careful if you are using medications, the chemicals might counteract with the healing.
  • Use products for your genital area that are prescribed or recommended by your physician, including those products you use regularly. Even your regular products might contain chemicals that you might have to stop altogether or temporarily while you are undergoing treatment.
  • Experts suggest suppressive genital herpes treatment for patients with 6 or more outbreaks each year.
  • Prescription medication called FAMVIR (famciclovir), Zovirax®* (acyclovir), and Valtrex®* (valacyclovir) are prescribed by doctors for treatment. Use only the prescribed dose and duration of treatment. These medicines are for treatment of blisters and sores associated with genital herpes.
  • For patients with more than six outbreaks per year, proper treatment using prescribed medicines may prevent one or two outbreaks per year. 
  • In between outbreaks, avoid sexual contact or use condoms during sexual contact.
  • For pregnant women, the use of prescription medicines should be done with care.

Remember, just like any other medical condition requiring treatment, frequent monitoring is essential in curing this disease (including stopping transmission of the virus to another person by refraining from having sexual contact at any time during treatment).

Regular check-ups are necessary, and remember that with proper personal care and professional medical advice, genital herpes can be treated and can be prevented from recurring. You should regularly consult with your physician to see your progress and the succeeding steps that you should follow. 


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