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

Comment from: rena, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I am a four year breast cancer survivor. Four years ago when I began chemotherapy, I had a breakout of genital herpes. Now it has been on a monthly basis for four years. I use no medications, my immune system is not low. My white blood cells are good. I just use plain water and wear white cotton undies. I just have gotten very tired of having this on a monthly basis. I eat good, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Hadenuf, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

After 17 years of no outbreaks of genital herpes, I am having one now. I have been under severe stress for the past 3 years and it is ongoing, so I attribute it to that. After a week of symptoms, I finally asked for a prescription to help. I wish I had done it sooner.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Genital Herpes - Symptoms Question: What symptoms of genital herpes did you have with your first outbreak?
Genital Herpes - Pregnancy Question: How did you manage your genital herpes during pregnancy?

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.