Treatment for Genital Herpes

Treatments for genital herpes are helpful in reducing the duration of the first outbreak. They may also help to reduce the risk of recurring infections and also diminish the severity of later outbreaks. Genital herpes is treated with antiviral drugs. These drugs are prescribed for a course of 7 to 10 days. Antiviral medication helps in the following ways:

  • Enables quicker healing of the sores during the first outbreak
  • Reduces the severity and duration of symptoms in later outbreaks
  • Lowers the frequency of subsequent outbreaks
  • Reduces the risk of spreading the infection to others

Doctors usually advise patients to take the medication only when they experience symptoms of an outbreak. In some cases, doctors recommend taking a medication daily even if there are no symptoms so that the chances of later outbreaks are reduced. Individuals who develop severe symptoms and complications may require hospitalization and intravenous antiviral medication.

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