Herpes is the name for a group of highly contagious DNA viruses that stay in your body once caught, causing persistent and uncomfortable symptoms. The most widely spread herpes viruses are the herpes simplex and zoster viruses, which can cause genital herpes, cold sores or shingles. The herpes virus is characterised by long stages where it is dormant and then short periods where it is active, causing the sufferer considerable discomfort, or even pain.
There is sadly no cure for herpes, but there are convenient anti-viral treatments available to control the symptoms and speed up your recovery time . The most commonly used treatments for the herpes simplex and zoster viruses are Famvir, Valtrex and Aciclovir. These treatments are available to buy online from HealthExpress if you complete a short online consultation before placing your order.
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Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus. Genital herpes is highly infectious and can cause a number of uncomfortable and unsightly symptoms - such as water blisters, red sores and ulcers - that appear on and around the genitals, thighs, buttocks and anus. Genital herpes is usually passed on during unprotected sexual intercourse. However, the infection is also spread through touch, so it's possible to catch it from simply coming into contact with an area with active symptoms, which aren't always visible.
The virus affects everyone differently; some people experience genital herpes symptoms days after they contract the virus, and others may not see the effects for months, or even years. While the body's immune system can slowly fight the symptoms, they will usually return, sometimes within a few weeks or months.
Genital herpes has also been linked to the contraction of HIV, especially if you have experienced blisters. In rare cases, the HSV-2 virus has been passed on through birth from a mother who is infected to her baby. It is, therefore, essential that you get treatment as soon as possible for this infection.
Shingles is an uncomfortable and painful rash caused by the herpes zoster virus. This virus is the main cause of chickenpox, and people who caught chickenpox when they were younger can develop shingles later in life. Although you can fully recover from chickenpox, the herpes zoster virus still remains dormant in the nerve cells and can become active later in life.
It is not yet fully understood why some people develop shingles and others don't. If you do develop shingles, you could experience around two to three outbreaks during your lifetime.
Shingles is not contagious. However, if you did not have chickenpox as a child, you can potentially contract chickenpox by coming into contact with a person displaying active shingles symptoms.
Cold sores are usually caused by a different strain of the herpes simplex virus. An outbreak of cold sores is usually signified by fluid filled blisters appearing around the mouth. Cold sores are highly contagious and can spread from one person to another through direct contact or by sharing a toothbrush or razor.
It's one of the most widely occurring forms of herpes and people tend to contract it when they are young, but symptoms only develop during adolescence. You can also contract the virus as an adult, with symptoms appearing a couple of weeks after you've been infected. These symptoms may reoccur throughout a person's life, but future outbreaks are usually less painful than the primary infection.
"A sudden outbreak of genital herpes, cold sores and shingles can effectively be controlled or even prevented with anti-viral prescription treatments."Dr Hilary Jones
HealthExpress Medical Advisor
Herpes can't be cured, but it is possible to reduce the discomfort and duration of an infection, by using anti-viral treatments such as Valtrex, Famvir and Aciclovir. Valtrex and Famvir are fast acting treatments that can provide almost immediate relief from symptoms and can reduce the length of time the virus is active. If you are experiencing symptoms for the first time or if you were unable to take Valtrex and Famvir during the first 72 hours of an outbreak, you may be recommended to use Aciclovir to treat the infection.
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Step 2 - A registered UK doctor will then review your details to make an informed diagnosis, which you will receive in an email if you are eligible.
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If you are suffering from an outbreak, or want to prepare for a future outbreak, you can order herpes medication online securely from HealthExpress. All you have to do to start an online consultation is to click on the button below. Each consultation will be reviewed by one of our doctors, so that they can determine which treatments are suitable for you. You will then be invited to make your choice and place an order with us. We offer free overnight delivery on all herpes medications, so you can start treatment as soon as possible.