Herpes is a viral disease that manifests itself in the form of characteristic rashes with bubbles. The causative agent of the disease is the herpes simplex virus. The first and second type of the virus (found in the vast majority of cases) lead to the development of recurrent rashes on the lips, body, eyes, mouth and genitals.
In a severe course of the disease, herpes can cause complications, therefore, it is important for people with weakened immunity to consult a doctor when the first symptoms appear.
Antiviral drugs are used to combat herpes. Preference is given to those drugs that are highly effective, cheap and well tolerated.
How can you get the herpes simplex virus?
The herpes virus is transmitted by contact from an infected person to a healthy person, as well as through common things. The first type of virus can be contracted through oral contact, and the rash is localized around the mouth or on the mucous membrane of the mouth. With oral-genital contact, genital herpes can develop.
The virus can spread by airborne droplets, settling on the mucous membranes of the mouth, upper respiratory tract or genitals.
After that, the virus enters the blood and lymph, and then into various internal organs.
What is special about herpes?
In response to a viral infection, the immune system produces specific antibodies that block viral particles that are in the blood. However, the virus penetrates into the nerve endings and is embedded in the genetic apparatus of nerve cells, which is why it is impossible to completely rid the body of the virus, it remains with a person for life.
Herpes, according to the study, can affect the development of Alzheimer’s disease, because when infected with the virus, there is a significant increase in the level of beta-amyloid, from which plaques form. The virus was found in the brains of almost 70% of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, while 90% of the plaques contained the DNA of the herpes simplex virus type 1.
What are the symptoms of herpes?
With herpes infection, the affected areas of the skin or mucous membranes are covered with small bubbles located close to each other. In this case, a person may be disturbed by the following manifestations:
- tingling or burning sensation in the affected area;
- general malaise;
- chills (in some cases).
Why does herpes recur?
After the initial infection, the herpes simplex virus remains in the human body and is reactivated when exposed to such adverse factors as:
- prolonged exposure to direct sunlight;
- febrile diseases;
- prolonged physical activity;
- decreased immunity in various diseases;
- taking immunosuppressants.
In some cases, it is impossible to determine the cause of the recurrence of the infection. It is believed that stress factors and psycho-emotional experiences can also lead to the development of repeated rashes.
What diseases does the herpes simplex virus cause?
Herpes simplex viruses of the first and second types can cause the following diseases:
- Mucocutaneous infection (most common), including genital herpes;
- Eye infection (herpetic keratitis);
- Central nervous system infection;
- Neonatal herpes.
In patients with HIV infection, herpes can be especially severe, with the risk of complications. One of the serious complications of herpes infection is the appearance of herpetic eczema. In this case, the patient develops severe herpetic eruptions on areas of the skin affected by eczema.
When large areas of the skin are affected (generalized herpetic infection), there is a high risk of developing herpetic encephalopathy, as a result of which the entire human nervous system is affected.
How can the herpes virus be identified in the body?
Diagnosis is based on characteristic lesions on the skin or mucous membranes. In a severe course of the disease, especially with damage to brain cells, additional studies (MRI, CT, PCR) may be needed.
Laboratory diagnostics (examination of bubble scraping) can be useful for patients with weakened immune systems, during pregnancy and with an atypical clinical picture of the disease.
It is also necessary to exclude shingles, which has similar symptoms, but differs in more intense pain and unilateral lesions of large areas of the skin.
If herpes often recurs and does not respond to the effects of antiviral drugs, then the patient needs to be tested for the presence of an immunodeficiency state.
What treatment is recommended for herpes?
It is impossible to completely cure herpes, therefore its treatment consists in relieving acute symptoms and accelerating the healing process of the affected skin areas. One of the most effective drugs against herpes is Zovirax with the active ingredient acyclovir. It is a relatively cheap and affordable antiviral drug that can be bought at any pharmacy. Zovirax is also well tolerated, which allows its use in patients with severe concomitant diseases.
How should i take Zovirax?
For the treatment of herpes, it is necessary to take Zovirax tablets at a dosage of 200 mg 5 times a day (every 4 hours), with the exception of the night period. In severely immunocompromised patients or in patients with poor intestinal absorption, the dose can be doubled to 400 mg. Treatment should be started as early as possible after the onset of infection.
To prevent relapses, Zovirax is taken at a dose of 200 mg 4 times a day (every 6 hours) or 400 mg 2 times a day.
For the prevention of herpes in persons with immunodeficiency, Zovirax is prescribed in a dosage of 200 mg, 4 times a day, and in severe forms of immunodeficiency, the dose is increased to 400 mg.
Since acyclovir is excreted mainly through the kidneys, patients with renal insufficiency should adjust the treatment regimen by reducing the dosage of Zovirax.
The duration of treatment is determined by the doctor based on the severity of the infection.
How to buy Zovirax without a prescription?
In our online pharmacy, it is possible to order Zovirax generic without a prescription. Generic Zovirax has several advantages:
- has scientifically proven high efficiency;
- well tolerated;
- has a cheaper cost than the original drug.
Before you buy a generic Zovirax, you need to consult with your doctor.