The treatments break down to either pills or creams of any viral agents. The most classic are:
How do Anti-viral Agents Work?
There are two different ways that you can take the medication. First, for the primary outbreak or recurring outbreaks, you begin the medication immediately, and it has been shown to shorten the duration and decrease the severity of the outbreak itself.
It’s not going to clean things immediately, but it will lessen the severity. The other approach is to do a suppressive therapy where you take medication on a daily basis to decrease the chances of having an outbreak.
How Well Do Patients Respond to Treatment for Herpes
There are studies available that show that the Zovirax, valacyclovir, and Famvir shorten the time during which the virus is being shed in an outbreak, and it cuts down the time for complete healing.
And if a person takes the drug on a suppressive basis to suppress outbreaks, they can cut down the chances of having asymptomatic viral shedding by as much as 75%.
A significant percentage of patients improve with the anti-viral therapy, especially regarding the suppressive therapy which has been shown to decrease the frequency of recurrences.
This is probably one of the better ways to use the medications for someone who has more than a couple of outbreaks a year.
The medication itself, again, may not completely shut the viral infection off, but it decreases the duration and intensity.
So instead of having a 7-day outbreak they might have a four-day outbreak. So the better approach is to suppress the outbreaks totally for someone who has recurring outbreaks.
For someone who has a primary infection, and never has another outbreak again, symptomatic therapy is probably a better approach.