Herpes is the general name for a group of incurable DNA viruses that cause recurrent symptoms. The most common herpes viruses are responsible for genital herpes, cold sores and shingles. Herpes is common in young people; in Europe people aged between 20 and 29 represent 55% of all reported cases.
Once infected with the herpes virus, patients usually experience long periods of time without symptoms, when the virus remains dormant. The virus will become active for short periods of time, during which the sufferer will experience considerable discomfort or pain.
A herpes infection cannot be cured, but the virus and its outbreaks can be managed; antivirals can speed up recovery time, control symptoms and push the virus into a dormant state.
The more common treatments for shingles, cold sores and genital herpes are Famvir, Valtrex and Aciclovir. You can buy these treatments online from HealthExpress.eu once you complete a consultation with one of our registered doctors, who will determine if the treatment is suitable for you.
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Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause a number of symptoms such as water blisters, red sores and ulcers appearing on and around the genitals, thighs, buttocks and anus.
You can spread or contract genital herpes through touch, which means that you can catch herpes through skin contact with an infected person, as well as through sexual contact. It’s possible to pass on herpes even if you have no visible symptoms.
Some people will experience symptoms within days of contracting the virus, and some may not realise they’re infected for months or even years. It’s incurable; the body can fight the symptoms but it can’t kill the virus, even with the help of antiviral herpes treatments.
People who caught chickenpox as a child can develop shingles in later life, because both conditions are caused by the same virus that never leaves your body. Shingles itself isn’t infectious, but the virus can cause chickenpox. If you didn’t catch chickenpox as a child, you can develop it in later life if you come into contact with a person suffering from shingles.
Shingles is a relatively common condition; it affects one in five people in the course of their lifetime. Shingles is seen more often in people over 50, perhaps because their immune systems are weaker.
Shingles manifests itself as an uncomfortable and painful rash. It can be triggered by something that lowers your immune system, like being stressed for example. If you’re about to experience a shingles outbreak, you will feel pain on an area of the skin and a rash will develop, lasting for about a week.
Cold sores appear as fluid-filled blisters around the mouth. A small red patch appears, and then a blister or cluster of blisters develops. These cold sores burst and leave a small raw area that scabs over as it begins to heal.
Cold sores are very contagious; they can spread from one person to another through direct skin contact or by sharing a toothbrush or razor, for example. This makes cold sores one of the most widely occurring forms of herpes.
People usually contract the virus that causes cold sores when they are young, but only develop symptoms during adolescence. It can be caught as an adult, with symptoms usually appearing a couple of weeks after infection in the form of cold sores.
You can’t cure the virus that causes genital herpes, shingles or cold sores but antiviral drugs can help you manage and treat the symptoms. These treatments can provide almost immediate relief from symptoms, as well as reducing the length of time a virus remains active.
Famvir, Valtrex and Aciclovir are all approved for the treatment of herpes, and should ideally be used within 72 hours of experiencing an outbreak so they can have maximum impact.
"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
As already mentioned, herpes can’t be completely cured as the virus stays dormant inside your body. However, there are treatments available that can provide relief from symptoms and reduce the duration of an outbreak. Anti-viral treatment will usually be recommended. Fast-acting medications such as Valtrex and Famvir can provide almost immediate relief whereas Aciclovir is usually percribed to people experiencing first time symptoms. By using our online consultation service, you can check your suitability for each medication.
Step 1 - Via the necessary link, carry out your online consultation. Simply provide your medical details, and be sure to be entirely accurate.
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.
Step 3 - If suitable, you will have access to a secure online member's area, and a personalised login, from where you will be able to place your order and receive it within as little as 24 hours.
If you complete an online consultation with HealthExpress.eu, you may be able to buy Famvir, Valtrex or Aciclovir herpes treatments online. This will allow a doctor to determine if it’s safe for you to use the antiviral medication. If approved, we’ll send the medication to you via free next-day delivery so you can treat an outbreak as soon as possible.