Herpes


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What is herpes?

Herpes is a contagious viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are notably two members of this family: HSV-1 and HSV-2.

  • HSV-1: This type primarily causes oral herpes, characterised by cold sores or blisters inside of/around the mouth and on the face.
  • HSV-2: This type primarily causes genital herpes, which involves sores that appear on or around your genitals, anus, buttocks, and inner thighs. Sores can also develop inside the vagina.

What is the best treatment for herpes?

There is currently no cure for herpes.

But prescription antiviral medication (Acyclovir) can be used to stop the spread of the herpes virus in the body. This helps to lessen symptoms, speed healing of your infection, limit outbreaks and lower your chances of giving the virus to other people.

For those with frequent or severe outbreaks, doctors may prescribe a daily antiviral medication, also known as suppressive therapy. These medications can make outbreaks less severe and less frequent while also reducing the risk of transmission to others.

If you’ve been previously diagnosed with herpes, the medical team at Siena can prescribe oral or genital herpes treatment online and deliver the medication to your door with free shipping. To request herpes treatment from Siena, get started here.

Topical antivirals ( (Acyclovir Cream 5%)

  • Temporarily relieve the pain and discomfort and may help the sores (if any) heal faster
  • Most effective when used at the start of an outbreak

Oral antivirals ( (Medovir® 800mg)

  • If you have frequent or severe recurrence, a daily dose will help to prevent them (suppressive therapy)
  • If you have occasional outbreaks, start treatment when you feel one coming on (episodic therapy)
Prescription antiviral medication (Acyclovir) and how to use them

How long does an oral herpes outbreak last?

Oral herpes outbreaks may take 1-2 weeks to resolve.

Outbreaks of herpes simplex typically become less frequent, and less severe, the longer the virus is in the body. People who are immune compromised or have other health problems may experience longer outbreaks.

Using antiviral medication or topical creams may be able to shorten the duration of an active cold sore outbreak.

How long does a genital herpes outbreak last?

The first outbreak of genital herpes typically lasts for an average of 20 days. Recurrent outbreaks are typically shorter and may last around 10 days.

Outbreaks of herpes simplex typically become less frequent, and less severe, the longer the virus is in the body. People who are immune compromised or have other health problems may experience longer outbreaks.

Using antiviral medications may be able to shorten the duration of an active outbreak or reduce the frequency of recurrent outbreaks.