Looking For A Herpes Cure
by Doug Smith
The human body is not as much of a mystery as it was in earlier times. Modern medical scientific techniques have revealed an amazing amount of previously unknown information. Rigorous scientific methods have only been available for about 200 years, and only recently have non-invasive examination techniques become available. It is no wonder that more wonders about the body are being discovered today.
Some diseases and conditions remain resistant to modern medicines and procedures, but there is progress. These include cancer, the common cold, and the behavior of viruses. A common and harmful virus is herpes.
At the time of this writing there is no cure for herpes. Some physicians insist that patients infected with herpes who get treatment with 3-7 days can defeat the virus and be outbreak-free for their whole lives. It is rare for herpes infected persons to seek treatment that quickly, and the herpes virus remains in the body forever.
Although there is no herpes cure, doctors have been able to minimize or eliminate the symptoms and the frequency of herpes outbreaks. Herpes symptoms include itching and redness, bumps and sores, dry cracking and bleeding, aches and pains, and penile or vaginal discharges.
Medicines taken orally or applied topically are two methods of keeping herpes symptoms away. These medicines are generally used once or twice daily for maximum effectiveness. Symptoms can be reduced in as little as 3 days.
Sometimes there is no need for medication if outbreaks occur in young and healthy persons. The other extreme are those people who suffer herpes symptoms daily. The latter extreme case requires suppression therapy, utilizing regular and regimented use of available medicines. A strict treatment schedule is more effective than sporadic usage of herpes medicines. Symptoms can be reduced, but alas, not cured completely.
Acyclovir is a common medicine employed as a partial herpes cure. It is a standard treatment. Famciclovir and Valacyclovir are two of the newer herpes drugs created as doctors work towards a herpes cure. 80 percent of patients using these drugs had their symptoms suppressed. 30 percent of herpes test subjects had no recurring symptoms whatsoever.
Despite the use of these medicines, sometimes herpes symptoms will be present. Herpes symptoms appearing during the use of these medicines are usually milder and the healing time is faster. These partial herpes cure medications are prescription drugs which are best chosen after a thorough examination by a doctor. The physician must know all drugs you are currently taking, your herpes history, and your complete medical background.
The best form of treatment is not to get herpes at all - prevention. Potential sexual partners need to be told of the condition before contact. If intimate contact is made, prophylactics and other preventive means must be used to prevent transmission of herpes to one's partner.
Do not engage in any intimate contact during an active herpes outbreak. Until there is a herpes cure, the best medicine is not to get it in the first place. Failing that, preventing the spread of herpes will have to suffice until a herpes cure is found.
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