Treatment and prevention of genital herpes

Currently there is no available cure for herpes. Outbreaks do tend to be less frequent overtime. Medication is available which can decrease the duration of an outbreak or even prevent outbreaks from occurring.

  • Pain Management
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    Symptomatic treatment for pain and inflammation are used to lessen pain and make the patient more comfortable

    Symptomatic treatment for pain and inflammation are used to lessen pain and make the patient more comfortable. This treatment includes the anti-inflammatory drugs and occasionally, if necessary, treatment is given for a neurological-type of pain. An over the counter treatment like Brufen or Voltaren is used to reduce inflammation and pain.
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  • Anti-viral medication
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    Anti-viral drugs are used to lessen the symptoms and suppress the herpes virus

    There are a few anti-viral drugs available which are used to lessen the symptoms and suppress the herpes virus. This means that the medication stops the virus from reproducing and lessens the number of viruses in the blood stream, but presently anti-virals are not able to completely eradicate the virus. The most common anti-viral medications used in the management of genital herpes virus are acyclovir and famciclovir. The sooner the medication is started the more effective the result is.
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  • Symptomatic relief
    Besides for taking anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers, taking a warm bath or applying an ice pack to affected lesions may help relieve some discomfort and pain.
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  • Natural remedies
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    A natural remedy which helps herpes sores heal is applying Propolis to the herpes sores

    It is important to consult with a doctor before resorting to natural remedies. Even when treatment is considered natural, it still may have some side-effects. A natural remedy which helps herpes sores heal is applying Propolis to the herpes sores. Propolis has a waxy consistency and is made by honeybees. According to studies done, people who applied Propolis to their genital lesions caused by Herpes healed much faster than those people who didn’t apply Propolis. Other nutritional supplements which have not been officially approved for genital herpes but may help fight the infection are supplements containing Rozites caperata or Prunella vulgaris. These supplements are both derived from a type of fungal plant.
  • Treatment of sexual partner
    It is important that the patient’s sexual partner is also notified, tested and treated for genital herpes. The patient should avoid penetrative sex for the duration of treatment. He should be informed that Herpes cannot be cured and he is still able to spread the virus to other partners even when he does not having symptoms.

 

Treatment of herpes during pregnancy

If a woman is pregnant she should be treated for herpes in the last month of her pregnancy. Sometimes a caesarean section will be needed to reduce the risk of transmitting the herpes virus to the new born baby.

Further research is still being one on the treatment and management of genital herpes. Currently, a vaccine for herpes is still in the trial phase. This vaccine might prevent future outbreaks of herpes and might even be able to cure herpes infection.
 

Prevention of Genital herpes

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Always use condoms, even during oral sex.
A long term trusting relationship with one person also lowers the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease

The herpes virus cannot be completely eradicated from the body therefor it is better to prevent contracting this virus. Once it is contracted there are some measures to prevent the reoccurrence of symptoms.

This measures are briefly discussed:

  • Safe sexual practices
  • It is best to always use condoms when having sexual intercourse and even during oral sex. Being in a long term trusting relationship with one person also lowers the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Sex with multiple different partners should be avoided.
     

  • Medication
  • If someone gets recurrent episodes of genital herpes chronic or prolonged treatment may be recommended. This treatment usually consists of anti-viral medication like Acyclovir. The dosage is adjusted according to each individual patient.

  • Stress less
  • Herpes is a virus which can remain dormant in the body for a long time. Stress is something that can trigger herpes to reemerge and cause symptoms. Therefor stressing less and learning better stress management skills can prevent attacks from reoccurring.

  • Increased Immunity
  • Herpes tends to re-occur when the immune system is lowered. Any treatment which will increase the body’s immune response will help to prevent the herpes infection from re-occurring. This will include living a balanced lifestyle, controlling stress and eating a healthy diet. Taking vitamins and supplements like Echinacea plant extract will also help to boost immunity and therefor prevent reoccurrence of attacks.