Featured Herpes Articles
Descriptions of Featured Herpes Articles
Genital herpes, a common STD, has symptoms that primarily affect the genitals and rectum. This eMedTV Web page explains how the disease is transmitted, lists the treatments that are available, and describes the symptoms of the condition.
Cold sores, which are contagious, generally form around the mouth on the lips, cheeks, or gums. This eMedTV resource explores their causes, explains how the virus that causes them is transmitted, and describes treatment options.
Valtrex is an antiviral medication used to treat shingles, cold sores, genital herpes, and other conditions. This eMedTV article offers an overview of Valtrex, including information on side effects, available strengths, dosing guidelines, and more.
Herpes zoster is a condition that is characterized by symptoms such as a rash and pain. This eMedTV page explains this condition in more detail, including treatment, diagnosis, and how it is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.
Zovirax is a prescription medicine that is used to treat shingles, chickenpox, and genital herpes. This eMedTV article offers an overview of the drug, including information on its uses, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Cold Sore Remedies
Various cold sore remedies are available in the form of creams, ointments, and oral tablets. This eMedTV Web page describes these treatment options in more detail and lists precautions you can take to speed up healing and prevent spreading the virus.
Famvir is a prescription medication that is used for treating shingles, cold sores, and genital herpes. This eMedTV article describes the effects of Famvir, explains how the medicine works, and provides dosing tips and precautions for the drug.
Abreva is a non-prescription drug commonly used to treat symptoms of cold sores and shorten healing time. This eMedTV segment provides an in-depth look at the drug, including how it works, guidelines for those taking it, side effects, and more.
Valtrex for Shingles
As this eMedTV segment explains, using Valtrex for shingles can stop blisters from forming sooner than if the drug was not taken. This page also explains that the recommended dose for shingles is 1000 mg, three times a day, for seven days.
Genital Herpes Medication
Common drugs used to treat genital herpes include acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir. This eMedTV Web page describes each one of these medications for genital herpes in more detail and explains the effects of the drugs.
Genital Herpes Symptoms
Common symptoms of genital herpes may include difficulty urinating, swollen glands, and flu-like symptoms. This eMedTV Web page lists other possible symptoms, including those that can appear during a recurrence of herpes.
Cold Sore Causes
Most cases of cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus. This page from the eMedTV archives discusses this topic in detail, describing how the virus can be transmitted, and explaining the reasons why cold sores return.
Cold Sore Cure
While a cure for cold sores does not exist, certain drugs are available to help treat associated symptoms. This eMedTV Web page explains why time is the only "cure" for this condition and describes the effects of various medications.
Valtrex Side Effects
Some of the most commonly reported side effects of Valtrex include headaches, nausea, and abdominal pain. This eMedTV Web page also takes an in-depth look at some of the more serious side effects, such as seizures, hallucinations, and hives.
The lidocaine patch is prescribed to treat nerve pain following a case of shingles. This selection from the eMedTV Web library describes how the patch works, explains when and how to use it, and lists possible side effects of the drug.