[Question #5078] Genital Herpes

25 months ago
Hi,
I have two questions.

1. Which doctor would be better to treat  genital herpes a gynecologist or a MD?

2. If you do the oral antiviral therapy will it affect your liver over time?

I read information on the site about taking oral meds once a day or twice a day.

Thank you,

25 months ago
 Hello, 

I have questions.

1. Which doctor would be better to treat  genital herpes a gynecologist or a MD?

2. If you do the oral antiviral therapy will it affect your liver over time?

3. Once you start taking it do you have to take it for the rest of your life?

4. If you pop a blister will that make it worse or cause a infection?

5. Are there natural supplements that can help suppress the virus?



Thank you in advance!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
25 months ago
I think for a female, the use of the GYN would probably be best. 
We do not see a greater impact on the liver from taking the medicine vs. not taking the medicine.
You can stop and start antiviral therapy - it isn't like a bacterial infection where stopping and starting would be dangerous.
Popping the blister would not make an infection worse, no, but it should be done with something sterile
Some people swear by something called Lysine.  Good studies not have proven a benefit but studies are averages and for some people, they find it very helpful

Terri
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25 months ago
Thank You!
25 months ago
What antiviral therapy would you recommend for a individual that has a outbreak about twice a year?
Thank you!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
25 months ago
Either valacyclovir or acyclovir - val is once a day dosing and acyclovir is twice a day dosing for every day use.  For episodic use, with outbreaks only, val is twice a day and acyclovir is three times a day.

Terri
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