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How is herpes simplex treated?

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lro1979 | Valedictorian

Posted November 5, 2012 at 3:39 AM via web

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How is herpes simplex treated?

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ncchemist | eNotes Employee

Posted November 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM (Answer #1)

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Herpes simplex is a disease caused by a virus.  There are two forms of the virus, herpes simplex virus type 1 and herpes simplex virus type 2.  It is quite communicable and can be transmitted through the exchange of body fluids.  Since it can affect the genitals, it is classified as a sexually transmitted disease (STD).  There is no true cure that can destroy the virus.  It remains with a person for life.  Antiviral medication can be used to try to control periodic outbreaks and methods to prevent body fluid transmission are used to curb the spread of the disease to others.

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naldskee27 | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted November 5, 2012 at 5:42 AM (Answer #2)

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Lets first classify the two different types of Herpes Simplex Virus. We have Herpes Simple Type 1 and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2. In Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 it usually characterized by having a symptoms such as; cold sores of the mouth, or otherwise known as fever blisters." You usually acquire or get HSV-1 by having in contact  into  saliva of the carrier of the virus. Meanwhile, the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 can be described by the manifesting symptoms such as; having herpes at the genital or sex organ of both male and female carrier.  You can usually get HSV type 2 during sexual contact with someone who is an infected from this  HSV Type 2 virus.  HSV has also a flu-like symptoms such as; fever, headache, vaginal dischrage for female

Treatment

Since the health condition we are treating is viral in nature of course we should use anti-viral medication such as; Acyclovir  that has been proven to to reduce the multiplication of the virus in initial outbreaks, thus possibly decreasing the number of subsequent outbreaks.   Anti-viral therapy must be started immediately after the first appearance of sores. Screening or detection of every sexual partner of the infected person needs to be examined, to be treated if they are also been found infected.

Famcyclovir has also similar effects that prevent a herpes infection to be more complicated or worse.

Long-term medication or drug therapy ('suppressive treatment') are also  helpful for individuals who are  carrier and suffering for another  outbreaks.

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