There is good news ahead for herpes patients, who usually suffer
through a week of treatment before their pain and symptoms are
The FDA has recently approved Famvir as a one-day treatment
option for patients with genital herpes, the first of its kind.
Used properly, under the new FDA dosing regimen guidelines, Famvir
can be used to prevent herpes outbreaks or curtail them as they
This is a huge step in treatment for a virus that affects 45
million people in the U.S. and whose symptoms often go
The key to herpes treatment is managing the virus in the first
signs of an outbreak, when the virus is most active. Studies showed
that patients who were treated with Famvir at these critical
moments greatly shortened the period of time needed for recovery
from herpes symptoms.
A 1,500-milligram once-a-day dosage has been approved for cold
sores, to be taken for one day at the onset of an outbreak.
A 1,000-milligram twice-a-day for one day dosage has been
As someone who frequently struggles with keeping herpes under control, I’m constantly looking for what triggers my outbreaks. I started to cut down on caffeine after an unusually painful situation involving a double cappuccino last year. (I have now decided to completely eliminate it from my diet, and am currently on day thirteen of no caffeine!) I’m also trying to eat healthier, exercise more, and avoid sugar and alcohol (as much as possible) to make my body stronger and more capable of fighting the herpes virus. But I’ve noticed that no matter how well I follow these guidelines, a night or two of poor sleep can always trump their effectiveness and lead to an outbreak.
That’s right, sleep, and the mind and body’s need for it, is almost always an afterthought or a nuisance…a waste of time (as I sometimes feel). While our other basic needs – shelter, food, and sex – are cele...
If someone's partner has Herpes, and there is thus a likely chance that one may contract the virus, would it make sense to purposefully infect oneself in a small place so that one would develop antibodies, and not end up with a bigger infection? Never, ever let love lull you into believing that unprotected sex with a partner with herpes is without consequences. First, we do not know enough about herpes transmission to understand why some people have the disease with few to no outbreaks and others have outbreaks three or more times a year. You could be lucky and never have an outbreak, or you could have frequent ones. Moreover, there's no such thing as a "small" herpes exposure. A woman with herpes could transmit the disease to an unborn child should she have active disease near delivery. If you should ever have another sexual partner, it will become your responsibility to notify that partner of your condition less you unwitting...
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