Most often herpes does not require any treatment as the vast majority of infected people
never have symptoms. If you do have symptoms, the next step is to be examined by a doctor
who will determine if the symptoms are due to herpes and whether or not medication is
appropriate. Medication is used to decrease the severity and duration of symptoms and also
to suppress the virus and decrease the frequency of outbreaks. The three antiviral
medications used to treat genital herpes are acyclovir,
valacyclovir, and famciclovir.
Do herpes drugs help prevent the virus from spreading?
Yes, but not entirely. If you have genital herpes, but your sexual partner does not, then a
daily medication can help reduce but not eliminate
the possibility that they will contract it. You should use
a latex condom when having sex and avoid sex
altogether when you are having an outbreak. It’s important your partner get tested as most
people don’t know they are infected.
There are FDA-approved drugs (creams
and pills) to treat cold sores/fever blisters.
There are several creams and oral
medications that are used to treat cold sores. If you have cold sores frequently you
should get tested to help determine if they are due to the herpes virus.