When you find out that you are infected with genital herpes, it can be humiliating. When you find out that genital herpes has no cure and you have no choice of curative treatments, it is plain devastating. The only course of action you can opt immediately for a future cure is that you can keep calm and lead a healthy life style to get your immune system up. People will definitely like you if you act normal instead of continuously freaking out. It seems to me to be the first step towards a safer and better course towards genital herpes treatment.
It's very important to keep the sores as clean and dry as possible to prevent other infections from developing. Also you don't want to infect another person in your family and among friends, so as part of your genital herpes treatments program, always wash your hands thoroughly after touching the area where sores are present.
If you are pregnant and about to deliver a baby, it’s very important that you inform the person delivering the baby. There are several complications when pregnant women get infected with genital herpes. The doctor may want to cease your oral genital herpes treatments during the period of pregnancy to avoid the side-effects of the medication on the fetus. When you discover you are pregnant and infected with genital herpes, notify the attending doctor immediately.
Normal course of treatment doctors prescribe for genital herpes are antiviral in nature. This type of treatment tries to suppress and weaken the virus, so that further outbreaks are delayed and the intensity of the secondary attacks is minimized. This type of treatment seems to be the only logical solution to every patient as there is no hope of a curative treatment in the horizon at present. Let me warn you here, it has its share of long term repercussions. My intension here is neither to frighten you nor to sound wise. I am only trying to state facts.
The antiviral treatments are only effective and have better results if taken before blisters and sores appear. Some genital herpes treatments are to be taken when the genital herpes symptoms are active, and some genital herpes treatments are to be taken all the time, even when the genital herpes symptoms are not active.
Once you develop blisters and ulcers, you might be prescribed anti viral cream to speed up the healing process; however, many medical practitioners believe that anti viral cream has very little effect. Some people find that bathing the affected area in warm salt water helps to relieve discomfort as well as dry out the blisters. Those people who suffer from repeated outbreaks of genital herpes will often be prescribed courses of potent antiviral medicines to try and reduce the number of attacks. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will also help to prevent further attacks of genital herpes.
Homeopathic and herbal remedies are available to people not wanting to have side effects caused by taking prescribed medications. Eating foods low in arginine may prevent recurring outbreaks; avoid peabuts, chocolate, sunflower seeds, soy and alcohol which are high in arginine. Aloe Vera can be taken orally or used topically as a natural genital herpes treatment. Drinking fruit juice and Aloe Vera juice in a small amount daily can help to control the number and severity of outbreaks.
Genital herpes treatments are just on the horizon, it may be years before any are available to consumers. We can even get some vaccine to totally prevent this infection. Getting the FDA approval is as cumbersome a process as inventing the medicine itself.
Before the FDA approves a drug, it must go through rigorous clinical trials, which are divided into three phases.
Phase I. Researchers try to find out if the drug is safe for people to take. If the drug is deemed safe, it may go on to phase II.
Phase II. Researchers determine if the drug works as it should.
Phase III. Trials, they expand their research to include more patients in more places. To conduct a clinical trial, scientists need people to participate voluntarily. Clinical trials often involve thousands of patients who volunteer to take the experimental drug.The FDA and an independent review board carefully monitor every aspect of the trial. There are rules the researchers must follow to ensure that their work is not only scientifically correct, but also ethically sound.The study volunteers have clearly defined rights, such as the right to drop out of the trial at any time. While there are risks involved in joining a clinical trial, there may be benefits, too.
With suppressive treatments, all of us can do our daily activities and keep leading an apparently normal life, but we will always be conscious of the virus we carry. We will never be the same persons again; we were before being diagnosed with genital herpes. It will be wise to resort to long term herbal treatments, which can strengthen our immunity system and gradually neutralize the strength of the virus.