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Genital Herpes: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Genital herpes is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the HSV virus (herpes simplex virus). Herpetic sores, itching, painful blisters and ulcer formation in your genital area are some of the common symptoms of genital herpes. Genital herpes viruses are of two types, HSV-1 that generally causes cold sores and HSV-2 which causes genital herpes.

There is absolutely no permanent cure for genital herpes. Once the virus gets inside your body, you can only use medication to manage outbreaks. HSV virus can remain dormant for years and can also have outbreaks in every two months. Self care and antiviral drugs are the only mode of treatment to manage outbreaks. Once you are infected with genital herpes, it can remain dormant or active in your body for life.

How is the treatment done?

Since there is no permanent cure for genital herpes, the treatment only consist of self care and antiviral drugs. Medications for genital herpes is taken orally and in some cases can also be injected. It is used to reduce the duration and severity of the outbreak. Some of the most common antiviral drugs used in treating genital herpes are Acyclovir, Famcyclovir and Valacyclovir. Some topical medications are also available in the market but they are not very much effective as compared to oral medications.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

You will have flu like symptoms if are infected with HSV virus such as fever, body aches, chills and in some cases swollen lymph nodes. If you are having symptoms like this then you must visit a doctor for a viral culture test or Nucleic acid amplification. It can develop at any age and is generally a sexual transmitted disease.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

All person who are infected with HSV are eligible for the treatment. Even in case of pregnancy there are oral antiviral medications that can be taken.

Are there any side effects?

There are absolutely no side effects of antiviral medications used in treating genital herpes. Patients, who are on medication daily in case of suppressive treatment only experiences some very minor and mild side effects such as indigestion, itching, dry mouth and irritation. These side effects are very common for antiviral drugs and generally last for a day or two.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Since there is no treatment, there are no post treatment guidelines. Self care is the only treatment as well as post treatment guidelines.

How long does it take to recover?

Genital herpes cannot be cured and hence there is no recovery time for this disease. If you are infected with HSV, you will have the virus and the disease lifelong. Only the severity and duration of the outbreak can be reduced.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price of the antiviral drugs used to treat genital herpes are not very expensive. Some of the medicines starts at INR 87 and can go up to INR 400.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

There is no cure for genital herpes and hence the result of the treatment is not applicable.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are a number of homeopathic drugs that can be used as an alternative for genital herpes. Some of the most common and effective homeopathic medicines are Natrum Mur, petroleum and Hepar sulph. Ayurveda is also very effective for genital herpes. Some of the very effective Ayurvedic medicines are Kanchnaar guggul, Phyllanthus Niruri, neem and curcumin capsules.

Popular Questions & Answers

Sir I am rajesh I am suffering genital herpes one year some times fiver coming 2 days going but epudu fever 3 months continue avuthundi genital herpes unte fever ache chance undha please telma sir please.

MBBS, DGO - Preventive & Social Medicine
Gynaecologist, Sri Ganganagar
Genital herpes is easily curable these days. Get your self examined and take proper treatment. get your partner also examined
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Hi, I have few questions regarding hpv virus as internet confused me regarding so first question is 1 how did hpv cause I know it is pass from sexual contact. But how does the first get affected with it 2 is a person. Can have hpv without having sex also and at the last 3. I am asking these questions because I do have genital warts and some time they itch. But I never had sex till now so is this possible that I can also have hpv?

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, FCPS, DGO, Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning (DFFP)
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
1. Only some though many hpv pass by sexual contact or close contact. 2. Yes. There are many types of hpv. Even mother to baby in pregnancy possible. 3.meet dermatologist.
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I was sexually active .after that I have lot of itching in vagina ,Tingling sensation deep in vagina upto cervix and pimples also. Is it symptoms of herpes simplex virus and my partner also has pimples and difficulty in urination .my hsv test reports are also positive hsv 1&2 for igg is 1.96.be both partner blame each other .Please suggest me.

DNB - Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
There are many reasons for vaginal infection hsv IG G means there is not active infection currently...you need to do more blood tests and also get examined by a gynaecologist
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I am 23 years old female, I recently shaved my pubic area and now I observe few bumps which might be ingrown hair. Its itchy and painful. I request for an appropriate solution. Thank you.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
Fungal infection or Ring worm. When occurs in groin, called as jock itch. Usually fungal infection is common in moist areas of body like skin folds. It's mostly circular or round in appearance. May be red or black in colour. Treatment depending on...

Sir I have visited skin a doctor he told me that it is herpes genital desease .Is it dangerous? Can my body immune system finish it after some time or not. Is it some thing to worry about?

MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, DNB, Fellowship in Infertility
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
You know it since u visited skin doctor.. Herpes stays and plays with immunity so there can relapses and remission. keep your life disciplined.
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