In this article, I will discuss and assess the various herpes treatment options. In a condition as emotionally laden as herpes, there are bound to be promises of effective treatment-even cure that do not deliver. There have been many articles in scientific journals and the lay press claiming discovery of substances effective against herpes. In most cases, proper testing has shown such treatments to be ineffective. Longtime herpes sufferers learn to discount reports of bogus treatments.
- 1 Conventional Ways of Managing Herpes
- 2 Acyclovir
- 3 Valaciclovir
- 4 Famciclovir
- 5 Drug Development: An Overview
- 6 Natural Treatments for Herpes
- 7 Alternative Herpes Treatments
Conventional Ways of Managing Herpes
Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases out there. In spite of its prominent presence, there is still no permanent cure for this virus. What you can do to take control over this condition is to manage your infection properly.
Proper management will go a long way in minimizing (or even eradicating) outbreaks, saving you from the trouble of dealing with herpes on a regular basis.
Managing Outbreaks with Drugs
Speciﬁc medications are prescribed for managing herpes cases, with each drug having different mechanisms of action. The type of case you have, the symptoms you show and potential interactions with other medications mainly determine the drug that is effective for you. Because there is no permanent cure discovered for herpes, the main effect of drugs is mainly to manage viral outbreaks and their effects. Most of the drugs mentioned here are classiﬁed as antivirals, drugs that work in suppressing viral infections.
The three drugs to be mentioned here are the ones most recommended for managing herpes cases. This list merely exists as an educational illustration and by no means endorses speciﬁc drugs. Never self-medicate and work with your physician to determine which drug is best for your case.
This guanosine analogue antiviral medication is considered as the main pharmaceutical intervention used for treating genital herpes, as well as related medical conditions such as chicken pox and shingles. It is mainly administered orally, but it can also be administered intravenously during severe cases.
Acyclovir, due to multiple reactions inside the body, is converted to acyclovir triphosphate, which has an inhibitory effect on HSV DNA polymerases, preventing further DNA synthesis.
Without DNA, basic viral functions will cease and prevent further replication. This drug has been used since the 19705, and has been praised for its speciﬁcity of action and minimal side effects.
Aciclovir is the most commonly known medication to treat herpes and the only one approved by the FDA. It works by suppressing the growth of herpes in the body.
Aciclovir is marketed under names such as Cyclovir, Herpex, Acivir, Acivirax, Zovirax, Zoral, and Xovir. It is marketed in tablet form and as a topical ointment.
This is the only non-natural method of ﬁghting herpes that I recommend, and I don’t recommend it without some restrictions. For one, Aciclovir only works in the beginning stages of a herpes outbreak. If you take it after the first 72 hours, it doesn’t work at all.
The other factor is that Aciclovir has lots of potential side effects. It works ﬁne for me, and I encourage you to give it a try, but immediately stop taking it if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Upset Stomach
- Pain, especially in the joints
- Hair loss
- Changes in vision
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- Rash or blisters
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Fast heartbeat
- Pale skin
- Difficulty sleeping
- Fever, sore throat, chills, cough, and other signs of infection
- Unusual bruising or bleeding – blood in the urine
- Stomach pain or cramps
- Bloody diarrhea
- Decreased urination
- hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
- aggressive behavior
- difficulty speaking
- numbness, burning, or tingling in the arms or legs
- temporary inability to move parts of your body
- shaking of a part of your body that you cannot control
- loss of consciousness
As you can see, it has a lot of potential side effects. In practice, it has worked well for me and everyone I’ve recommended it to for acute outbreaks. Just be careful and pay attention to how your body reacts.
The topical Aciclovir ointment has no such side effects and can be used without restrictions. Aciclovir tablets are usually not available without a prescription. You can either get a prescription from your doctor, or if you are too embarrassed to do so, there are online pharmacies that do a consultation with you online and anonymously, and then ship the product to you within 2 — 4 days.
The Aciclovir is not absolutely necessary in treatment, but it does help stop a herpes outbreak faster if you use it in the early stages.
Valaciclovir is a drug related to acyclovir, the main drug prescribed for managing herpes infections. Considered as a prodrug, this substance is converted into acyclovir inside the host’s body through metabolic means.
An advantage of taking this drug is that valaciclovir has a much higher bioavailability compared to acyclovir, which means that this drug has a much higher potency rating.
Valaciclovir, through metabolic means, is converted to aciclo-GTP, which is a more powerful inhibitor of HSV DNA polymerases. At the same time, this drug has a potential for treating infectious mononucleosis.
Famciclovir is a guanosine analogue antiviral drug that is mainly prescribed for managing infections caused by the herpes virus. It is also a prodrug, facilitating the formation of penciclovir inside the body, increasing bioavailability on the process.
First introduced in 2007, it was found in clinical trials that famciclovir was more effective than valaciclovir as a long-term treatment for suppressing viral shedding of herpes.
There are other medications prescribed for treating genital herpes, but the mentioned drugs are the most commonly prescribed among them. What would be prescribed for you depends on multiple factors.
These include (but not limited to) severity of symptoms, effectiveness of previous treatments, consideration of side effects and potential interactions with other medications. Make sure to have an in-depth consultation with your physician before proceeding with a speciﬁc treatment program.
Drug Development: An Overview
The development of a new drug product is a long, complex process that can begin in many places: a drug manufacturing laboratory, a chemical company, research at the Institutes of Health (NIH). If all goes well, the public eventually benefits from a drug developed over a period of years and tested on both animal and human subjects under carefully controlled circumstances. The FDA is responsible for approving the marketing of all new drugs that are sold in the United States and for monitoring their use after approval.
Many Americans, particularly herpes sufferers, are rightly concerned about how long it takes a new drug to be tested and perfected prior to marketing.
Remember, however, drugs have been marketed that have been very dangerous to humans, causing serious side effects that included horrible birth defects and death. Before 1962, there was no requirement that drug developers notify the FDA when human subjects were being used to test drugs! The 1962 Kefauver-Harris Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act greatly strengthened the government’s authority over clinical (human) testing of new drugs.
With this new regulatory authority, the FDA has taken steps to: (1) provide added safeguards for those on whom drugs are tested; (2) improve reports by drug investigators; and (3) establish investigative procedures to supply substantial scientific evidence that a drug is safe and effective. Learn more about herpes drug development.
Persons who suffer this disease—and those who treat them—must learn about proper drug testing in order to judge more accurately what is valid medical breakthrough and what is medical “hype.”
Natural Treatments for Herpes
As mentioned earlier, there is yet to be a method to be developed that can eradicate herpes infections for life. Because of this, the main treatment methods mainly focus on preventing and curtailing outbreaks. At the same time, treating herpes means properly managing the symptoms associated with viral outbreaks.
The following is a list of techniques that are effective for managing the side effects associated with herpes outbreaks.
Soak sores in warm water
Sores are the most common manifestations of a herpes outbreak. The presence of these sores can be extremely irritating because of the itching and pain that are associated with them. One of the most effective ways of relieving irritation is by soaking the affected area in warm water. Warm water has a soothing effect on damaged skin and may improve healing by enhancing blood ﬂow on damaged skin. Adding aluminum sulfate or magnesium sulfate also helps in giving relief.
Keep sores clean
The last thing you want is to get your skin more infected than it already is. Because of this, it is important that you keep your sores clean. You can do this in two ways. First, gently clean sores with clean and warm water. This will help in disinfection and may speed up the subsiding of sores. Second, keep the sores dry when you are not taking a bath. Moisture is conducive for infection-causing agents. Dry your sores using a towel or a hair dryer.
Be careful with your choice of clothing
Some clothes are better suited for managing a herpes outbreak than others. For genital herpes, wearing cotton underwear is necessary as it allows for proper ventilation. In addition, wearing loose clothing (including underwear) can help with ventilation and can prevent skin irritation. Wearing loose clothing (including underwear) can help with ventilation and can prevent skin irritation.
This said, some of the clothes that are not recommended during a herpes outbreak are tight-ﬁtting underwear, restrictive clothing and clothing made from synthetic and non-breathing materials.
Ointments that contain propolis are used to quicken the healing of various skin lesions such as sores. Propolis, a resinous material harvested on beehives and buds of poplar trees, is clinically proven to help in healing skin lesions.
Ointments that contain 3% propolis are more than adequate for healing herpes lesions. The ointment is applied 4 times a day or as prescribed by your physician. Such treatment is often more than enough to remove skin lesions within 10 days.
There are speciﬁc herbs that are seen to be effective as a means for managing herpes outbreaks. Two specific herbs come to mind here: Prunella vulgaris and Rozites caperata. Both of these products are seen in research to have potential for eradicating herpes and managing effects such as sores.
Both plants (Prunella is an herb and Rozites is a mushroom) contain chemicals that help in ﬁghting both HSV-1 and HSV- 2. Prunella is combined with warm water to create a bath solution for soothing and healing sores. Rozites is orally ingested so its active ingredients can take effect.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can be prescribed to ease the effects of a herpes outbreak. Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are all effective in relieving pain emanating from herpes sores. When combined with other pain relief techniques, these drugs can help in providing some comfort while you are in the midst of an outbreak. Those are just some of the most effective ways to treat herpes without using pharmaceutical medications. Of course, the presence of these techniques does not mean you preclude yourself from taking drugs.
Remember that managing and treating herpes outbreaks often take a multifaceted approach. With the help of your doctor, you can create a comprehensive treatment plan for your condition. Still, these non-medical techniques are very helpful in keeping herpes in check.
Alternative Herpes Treatments
The medications and techniques mentioned during the past chapters Seen in Various research as effective in suppressing the are clinically proven and time-tested techniques for quelling a herpes action Of Herpes Virus. This is because lysine blocks outbreak and its associated symptoms, arginine, an amino acid considered crucial for the replication of herpes. By blocking replication, it is possible.
However, there are other techniques used to control herpes outbreaks, to put outbreaks under control.
though their true effectiveness is yet to be tested in a formal setting. These alternative treatments for herpes, while not considered as ofﬁcial therapeutic techniques, still have a lot of value for management purposes. You can use these as complementary or supporting treatments so you can keep herpes in check for life.
These alternative treatment techniques, mostly procured at home, can be effective as extra management options. Here are some of the best alternative herpes treatments out there.
This herb is used for a long time for all kinds of infections. Tea made from Echinacea has been used for centuries, and is currently experiencing a resurgence in interest. Aside from being consumed as tea, it can also be used as a tincture. While it does not treat herpes per se, it does help in quelling outbreaks.
This versatile house product is used for all kinds of ﬁrst-aid purposes. It is particularly effective in managing lesions, drying them out and preventing further infection from happening. It is an incredibly good product for curing sores, blisters, and wounds caused by herpes.
While the exact mechanism for this technique is unknown, teabags are very effective in treating herpes outbreaks. To do this, steep the teabag, cool it afterwards, then apply it to the lesions. Let the teabag stay on the lesion for a few minutes. Make sure to discard the bag after use and dry the skin after application.
This medicinal plant has been used as a medical ingredient for a very long time. In fact, one can also use it as a means of treating herpes lesions. All you need to do is to apply Aloe Vera cream into the lesion. This would signiﬁcantly shorten the duration of an outbreak. One positive about Aloe Vera is that it has been clinically tested to be effective.
Lysine is a type of amino acid that has been seen in various research as effective in suppressing the It is true that herpes has no cure. Because of this, it is not like a ﬂu action Of Herpes Virus. This is because lysine blocks that would just go away with time. Once you have herpes, you will be arginine, an amino acid considered crucial for the dealing with it for the rest of your life. That does not mean you cannot block replication of herpes. By blocking replication, it is possible to put outbreaks under control.
These alternative treatments for herpes, while not considered as official therapeutic techniques, still have a lot of value for management purposes. You can use these as complementary or supporting treatments so you can keep herpes in check for life.