There is no cure for herpes. However, medical treatment is still offered to reduce the severity and duration of the infection. Having said that medical therapy does not alter the natural course of genital herpes infection.
Treatment for Genital Herpes for the First Time
- Oral antiviral medication (such as Acyclovir, Famciclovir, Valaciclovir).
This is advisable to be taken within 5 days of onset of lesions. If your lesion is more than 5 days of duration, your doctor will discuss with you the pros and cons of medication and efficacy of oral medication in your individual case.
- Cream to apply to ease the pain
Treatment for Recurring Genital Herpes
Recurring episodes of genital herpes tend to be milder in comparison to the first episode. Over time, one will slowly have less breakouts. The lucky ones, may even no longer have any herpes breakouts.
Antiviral medication may help shorten the outbreak by 1-2 days if you start taking as soon as possible when the symptoms occur.
If you notice you have more than 6 breakouts per year and it is affecting your quality of life, speak to your doctor for longer-term antiviral medication to suppress the virus. This typically involves taking the medication for a course of 6-12 months.