Herpes Simplex, which is commonly known as herpes is a kind of viral disease, which is caused by the virus called Herpes Simples (Type 1 & Type 2). Herpes can be of many types but the common ones are Oral Herpes (infection in the face of a person) and Genital Herpes (infection in the genitalia of a person). It is transmitted when the body fluid of an infected person comes in direct contact with a healthy individual.
Treatment of Herpes
There is really no treatment to completely eliminate the infection of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), because once the virus enters a body, it will always remain in an inactive form with the possibility of causing further infections.
There are medications that can reduce the frequency of the infections, their duration and the damage they cause.
Prophylactic treatment is important at the onset of outbreaks, so that it can quickly contribute to the recovery and stop anyone else from being infected.
Here are a few precautions that will help in the recovery:
- Keep the infected area clean.
- Do not touch the infected area and also avoid the least possible injury.
- Wash hands thoroughly before and after coming in contact with the lesions.
- In case of genital herpes, avoid sexual contact since your partner will be at the risk of being infected.
- In case of cold sores, avoid direct contact with other people, or else the infection may increase.
Herpes simplex usually responds to anti-viral drugs like acyclovir. It is even more effective acyclovir and valacyclovir oral tablets are very affective. A single dose of 4 tablets (500 mg each) should be enough to reduce the infection. If herpes simplex recurrences are common and affect your daily life, then you can take acyclovir or valacyclovir tablets orally every day to suppress the virus; it is known as suppressive therapy.