Patient Comments: Genital Herpes - Treatment
What kind of treatment are you using for genital herpes?
A Doctor's View on Genital Herpes Treatment
Read the Comment by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
There is no known cure for genital herpes infection, but antiviral medications can treat acute outbreaks and help prevent subsequent outbreaks. Common antiviral medications that can reduce the severity and length of outbreaks include acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex). To be effective, treatment must be given prior to the outbreak or within the first 24 hours after an outbreak has started. Certain medications can be applied topically to the blisters, but they are not as effective as oral medications. Read the entire Doctor's View
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