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Genital Herpes is a virus that is sexually transmitted and very common. About 20% of the US adult population has the infection, but many people have no symptoms and donât know they have it. Genital herpes can be diagnosed with simple testing, and while there is effective treatment, there is no known cure for the disease.
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What are the symptoms of genital herpes?
Many people will have no symptoms of genital herpes which is why it often goes undiagnosed by doctors. Those who do experience symptoms may have an initial outbreak 2-4 weeks after exposure with painful sores and blisters over their genital region. The symptoms will improve slowly over a few weeks. Then, the disease may return at any time with repeated sores and blisters in a milder outbreak. Outbreaks can be brought on by different things such as stress and happen in different stages, symptoms will vary from stage to stage.
How long does a genital herpes outbreak last?
A herpes outbreak typically lasts 2-4 weeks from the onset of infection to being completely healed. That said, there are different stages within an outbreak that will vary for each individual. It is common to have multiple herpes outbreaks, but the first is usually the worst.
What are the genital herpes stages?
Stage 1: Prodrome – This stage is highly contagious. Pain, tingling or itching may begin as HSV-2 activates inside the skin.
Stage 2: Skin Redness – The skin may turn red and become sensitive. This lasts 1-4 days.
Stage 3: Lesion Formation – Lesions and sores will begin to appear around the anus or genitals. They will fill with fluid and may become very painful. The sores will last for 2-6 days.
Stage 4: Development of Lesions – This stage is the most contagious. The lesions or sores will continue to grow and eventually burst, releasing the buildup of fluid. The sore may stay open and runny for 1-4 days.
Stage 5: Scabbing – After the fluid drains from the sores, they will dry out and scab for a few days.
Stage 6: Healing – The sores heal when the scabs fall off. Sometimes, a scab doesnât develop, and the sores will just fade away. This process takes about 3-7 days.
What Does a Herpes Outbreak Feel Like?
As mentioned above, the onset of a herpes outbreak is often associated with tingling, itching, or burning around the affected area. Blisters and ulcers are unfortunately painful and can cause discomfort. You can get antiviral medication prescribed to reduce the symptoms of an outbreak and begin healing faster.
How Do You Get Rid of a Herpes Outbreak Fast?
The fastest way to get rid of herpes is to take prescription-strength anti-viral medication, such as Valacyclovir. Luckily you can get this prescribed in as little as 15 minutes using an online doctor. The board-certified physicians here at PlushCare can diagnose and treat your condition all from the comfort of your home. Get treated here.
What can be mistaken for herpes? Can herpes be just one bump?
Common conditions easily mistaken for herpes include yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, syphilis, urinary tract infection, and common acne. Herpes may present as one single sore, though it is most commonly a small patch of red or white bumps around the mouth or genitals.
What are the top treatments for genital herpes?
The most common prescriptions for herpes are: Acyclovir (Zovirax), Famciclovir (Famvir), Valacyclovir (Valtrex). In addition to prescription medication, at-home treatments and over-the-counter medications can be used to help with genital herpes symptoms. These include: Painkillers (e.g. acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen), icing the area(s) that are affected (or using a cold compress), getting sufficient rest, air circulation (wearing loose-fitting clothes to aid genital outbreaks), rinsing with warm saltwater.
What is acyclovir?
Acyclovir cream (also sold under the brand name of Zovirax) is an antiviral medicine that treats cold sores. It can help reduce pain and shorten the duration of the outbreak.
What is acyclovir cream used for?
Acyclovir cream stops the herpes virus from spreading within the body. While acyclovir cream is used to treat cold sores, it does not cure the underlying herpes virus. Even during and after treatment with acyclovir cream, you may spread herpes to others, and you may have recurring bouts of cold sores.
What are cold sores?
Cold sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). While cold sores eventually go away, there is no cure for herpes. Since you will always have the herpes virus, you may have cold sore outbreaks off and on for the rest of your life.
Cold sores usually clear up within one to three weeks without treatment and a little faster with acyclovir cream. Symptoms of cold sores include:
-Itching and tingling, usually about a day before a painful small hard spot appears and blisters erupt.
-Small fluid-filled blisters, typically around your lips and mouth. Cold sores may also appear on your cheeks, on your nose, or in your mouth.
-Oozing and crusting. Herpes is most contagious when cold sore blisters are oozing, so it is especially important to take precautions not to spread it to others during this stage of herpes.
What are acyclovir side effects?
Side effects of acyclovir are usually mild and may include:
-Cracked or dry lips
-Dry, peeling, or flaky skin
What acyclovir precautions should I be aware of?
While acyclovir cream is generally safe, you should always tell your doctor about your medical history and any medications you take, especially:
-If you are allergic to acyclovir, valacyclovir (Valtrex), or any other medications
-If you have any condition that affects your immune system, like HIV or AIDS
-If you are nursing, pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant
Always tell your doctor about any medications you take, including vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medications. Be especially sure to mention any of the following:
What is the acyclovir cream dosage?
Always follow your doctor’s or pharmacist’s instructions when using acyclovir cream. Typically, you will apply it 4 to 6 times a day for up to 10 days. Here is the typical way you should use acyclovir cream:
-Wash your hands and put on gloves to avoid spreading the virus to other parts of your body or to other people.
-Clean and dry the cold sore and the area around it.
-Apply a layer of cream where the cold sore has formed or seems to be forming.
-Rub the cream into your skin until it is completely absorbed.
-Leave the area uncovered. Do not use a bandage unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
-Remove your gloves and wash your hands again.
-Do not shower, bathe, swim, or do anything else that may wash the cream off your skin right after applying it.
Do I need a prescription for acyclovir cream?
Yes, you do need a prescription for acyclovir cream. It is not available over the counter.
How long does it take for acyclovir cream to work?
Acyclovir cream may start to relieve some of your symptoms, such as pain, burning, tingling, or itching, as soon as the first dose. On average, acyclovir cream will reduce the length of your outbreak by about half a day.
How long should I use acyclovir cream?
Always follow your doctor’s directions about how long to use acyclovir cream. Typically, you will apply it 5 times a day for 4 days. Do not stop using it sooner or keep using it longer than your doctor or pharmacist tells you.
Does acyclovir speed up healing?
Yes. On average, using acyclovir will help your cold sore go away about half a day sooner than it would without treatment, although your results may vary.
Does acyclovir cream cure cold sores?
While acyclovir cream is used to treat cold sores, it does not cure the underlying herpes virus. Even during and after treatment with acyclovir cream, you may spread herpes to others, and you may have recurring bouts of cold sores.
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