Genital herpes is a problematic medical condition that needs carefully managed treatment in order to contain the disease and prevent future breakouts. Treatment for herpes is carried out depending on whether you have suffered from herpes before or this is the first time there is an outbreak. Here are some tips on what to do in order to secure the best treatment for herpes.
- See Your GP or Visit a Specialist Clinic
If it is the first time that you have suffered from this medical condition, make an appointment with your GP, online GP, or GUM clinic. The GP will advise you on the treatment plan and also what you can do to prevent further outbreaks.
- Take Aciclovir
Aciclovir is a type of antiviral medication that is taken up to five times a day and it works by stopping the virus from multiplying. You do need to remember that this drug does not work by destroying the virus entirely, and you will not see any effects as soon as you stop taking aciclovir. There are some side effects to this medication like nausea and headaches. There are other antiviral options to take for herpes including famciclovir or valaciclovir.
- Treat Recurrent Outbreaks
If you have already suffered from a bout of genital herpes then you should try to care for yourself at home while the virus runs its course. You can treat the affected area using water – salted if necessary – to stop any ulcers or blisters turning infected. Soothe the pain of any sores by placing an ice pack in a soft cloth on the affected area. You can also use a painkilling cream or petroleum jelly to soothe the area. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid wearing tight clothes that can irritate the genital area.
- Use an Episodic Treatment
If you get many bouts of herpes in a year then herpes treatment is usually given just as you experience the numbness or the tingling sensation that occurs right before the sores develop. This episodic treatment consists of acyclovir.
- Try a Long Term Treatment Plan
If you suffer more than six cases of herpes in one year, or if the condition is affecting your day to day life and causing significant pain, you can take aciclovir on a long term basis. You will normally need to take this every day. With this kind of treatment you reduce the risk of passing on the virus to a partner, but you cannot stop transmission totally. When you suffer from recurrent bouts of herpes you should avoid sexual intercourse while you are infected with the virus and make sure that you do not share clothing, towels, or wash cloths with anyone else in order not the spread the virus.