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Can herpes be treated?

Can herpes be treated?


There is no cure for herpes but it can be treated through antiviral medication and some changes to your lifestyle.

Genital herpes treatment with medication helps shorten the initial outbreak of the infection and helps lower the chances of the outbreak returning. Typically medication is taken for 7 to 10 days. A patient’s doctor may advice continued treatment beyond 10 days if the ulcers associated with the virus continue. Individuals with frequent outbreaks may also be advised to take medication everyday. That would be determined by your prescribing physican.

Outside of medication, those with genital herpes should avoid excessive heat or sunlight, which makes the irritation more uncomfortable; not use perfumed or antibacterial soaps, feminine deodorant, or douches; wear comfortable, loose fitting cotton clothing; take aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen; and use cool cloths on the affected area if it soothes the pain.

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