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Alternative Names Cold sore; Fever blister; Herpes simplex - oral; Oral herpes simplex Treatment Untreated, the symptoms will generally go away in 1 to 2 weeks. Antiviral medications taken by mouth may help the symptoms go away sooner and decrease pain. Acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir are the three oral treatments currently available. Herpes sores often come back again and again. The antiviral medicines work best if you take them when the virus is just starting to come back -- before you see any sores. If the virus returns frequently, your doctor may recommend that you take the medicines all the time. Topical (rubbed onto the skin) antiviral cream (penciclovir andaacyclovir) may be used, but must be applied every 2 hours while you're awake. They are expensive and often only shorten the outbreak by a few hours to a day. Wash blisters gently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus to other areas of skin. An antiseptic soap may be recommended. Applying ice or warmth to t...
I'm always amazed at the amount of
misinformation, or lack of information, that people have about Herpes. Often when I tell a new partner that I have
Herpes his response is a simple "I know nothing about that, so it doesn't
really bother me". I also hear
contrasting information from doctors. For example, just a couple weeks ago, a friend told me she was concerned
that she may have picked up an STD from a casual fling. Her doctor gave her tests for everything but
Herpes, saying that the Herpes test was too expensive to do and that if my friend
did, in fact, have the disease she would surely already know. I was suprised by the doctor's decision
given the statistics about the number of people who have the disease but don't
I told my friend about my
first six months with the disease in which I had a light rash above my
butt. It was so insignificant that I
tried to make an appointment with my dermatologist, thinking it was just an
allergic reaction. When I coul...
Recent studies suggest that 1 in 4 New Yorkers have genital herpes . Prior to this report, another study suggested that 1 in every 4 teens in America (between ages 14 and 19) has an STD. Clearly, with current levels of sexual awareness that we assume is actively present in the population - something is not connecting or resonating with the average New Yorker and teen, and probably the average person. Otherwise we'd have decreasing rather than increasing rates of herpes and STDS.
Let me first say that as a parent of a teen...and if you've read some of my earlier blogs, you know- kids and teens seem to be more worried about pregnancy (which actually has solutions) than about "catching herpes or an STD." Another thing I'm beginning to realize in general is that we all seem to think, "not me," or "one time can't possibly cause harm," or "I'm being generally careful," or some other intellectualization is happening, that we believe will somehow pro...
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