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Genital Herpes

Genital Herpes | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the infection?

Acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir are the most commonly used medicines for genital herpes. They reduce the amount of time that viral particles are shed. They also help the blisters to heal faster. These medications can also be taken on a regular basis to reduce recurrences.

A person with genital lesions may use warm compresses or sit in warm water several times a day for comfort. A drying agent such as povidone-iodine solution may be recommended to soothe the discomfort of lesions. Medications for pain or fever may be needed, particularly during the first outbreak.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Medicines used to treat genital herpes can occasionally cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. They can also cause headaches or a rash. More serious side effects, such as kidney or nerve damage, are quite rare at normal doses.

What happens after treatment for the infection?

Medications may reduce recurrences. They will not stop active blisters and shedding of viral particles. There is no cure for genital herpes. Lifelong treatment may be needed if symptoms are severe or bothersome.

How is the infection monitored?

Some people who are familiar with their disease are given medication to use at home when blisters return. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Stuart Wolf, MD
Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
Date Reviewed: 06/07/01

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