The herpes symptoms in men involve blisters in the penis and the surrounding region. In women, it affects the vulva cervix and the thigh region in general. When the symptoms flare up, intense itching and thus embarrassment begins. Although the disease is incurable, herpes medication and avoiding the triggers helps a great deal. The frequent episodes and signs either disappear or reduce greatly.
The medication usually involves three types of drugs:
- Famciclovir otherwise called Famvir
- Acyclovir also termed as Zovirax
- Valacyclovir, also known as Valtrex
Genital Herpes Treatment
Generally, the treatment can take three forms:
- Initial treatment
If you contract infection for the very first time, the initial treatment will be administered by the doctor. The treatment may last approximately 10 days. Its main purpose is to suppress the symptoms from getting sever and make the pain bearable.
When the initial treatment is over, the frequency of the subsequent episodes and the doctor’s advice will help you adopt the next course of treatment.
- Intermittent treatment
The treatment is suitable for individuals with episodes far apart. In such a case an antiviral drug may be given to you to keep at hand. At the first sign of other herpes symptoms, you then take the drug for about five days. The intermittent treatment facilitates faster healing of the sores and stops the flaring up of the disease.
- Suppressive treatment
Some individuals are prone to numerous attacks, for instance, six or more in a year. In such a case, the daily intake of the pills is advised by the doctors, thus the need for suppressive treatment. The faithful following of the suppressive treatment course greatly reduces the outbreaks by even 80%/.
At the same time, suppressive medication reduces the risk of infecting your partner. The main determining factors for enrolling in the suppressive therapy are two;
- The severity of the attacks
- The spacing from one episode to the next
What are the Dangers of Ignoring Herpes Treatment?
Even though the virus can’t completely be cured of the body, medication helps to make it tolerable.
Anyone who ignores the treatment faces the following risks;
- Prone HIV infection
Research has proven a link between untreated herpes and the spread of HIV. Once the blisters bursts, they form open and bleeding wounds. The bloody liquids that ooze from the wounds carry the virus. Without treatment, the open wounds would stay for long thus making you more vulnerable to receiving HIV infection. On the other hand, if you had AIDS, already the ulcerated wounds make you more infectious.
- Increased risk of spreading the virus
Medication for example suppressive treatment highly reduces the chances of infecting your partner. Therefore without taking the antiviral drugs, the symptoms flares up and the victim can spread the virus at any given moment.
- Mother to fetus transmission risk goes up
An expectant mother, with genital herpes who receive no treatment, increases her chance of passing on the virus to her child. When the virus flares up and manifests itself in the vulva at the time of delivery the child stands a higher risk. In children the infection can lead to blindness and interferences with the nervous system.
- Frequent sever attacks
Lack of herpes medication makes one susceptible to the full flare of the symptoms. With no antiviral drugs to suppress the symptoms, outbreak then becomes closely apart few weeks apart. Moreover, the severity of each attack is increased. Thus in such a case, the disease causes maximum interference and discomfort.
At the same time, the closely packed episodes suppress the immune system. As a result, the individual becomes prone to more opportunistic diseases.
If you contract herpes virus, you can still live a fulfilling life. With timely medication, you can live the symptom-free life. But without suppressive therapy, you risk multiple attacks every few weeks. Besides multiple outbreaks reduces your body’s immunity thus giving way to the entrance of other diseases like HIV. Why should you it inconvenience you every few weeks when antiviral drugs are available?