Make Living With Herpes, HSV-1 and HSV-2, Easier With Famciclovir
Although there is no cure for herpes, it can be controlled with the medication famciclovir, the generic version of Famvir. It treats current herpes outbreaks in the mouth (HSV-1) and genitals (HSV-2) by speeding up healing and reducing the shedding period, which is when the virus is contagious to others. Famciclovir is also prescribed for suppression therapy which reduces the severity and occurrence of future outbreaks.
Famciclovir works best when taken at the first signs of an outbreak. Early symptoms genital herpes outbreak include tingling or burning in the groin and upper thigh area. Burning in the mouth and lips and a sore throat may be early signs of an oral herpes outbreak. A slight fever and swollen glands are also commons signs.
What Is The Difference Between HSV-1 And HSV-2?
Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV-1) causes oral herpes. HSV-1 breakouts include painful sores in and around the mouth and on the lips. Sores around the mouth may scab over before healing.
Herpes Simplex 2 (HSV-2) causes genital herpes. A full genital herpes outbreak starts with small blisters that eventually burst and spread. They are painful and then scab over before healing.
HSV-1 can spread to the genitals and HSV-2 can spread to the mouth.
Children infected with the herpes virus can get chickenpox. Adults may develop shingles.
HSV-1 and HSV-2 Facts
- By the age of 50, on average 85% of people in the United States are carriers of either the HSV-1 or the HSV-2 virus.
- 25% of women over the age of 18, and 20% of men in the US carry the HSV-2 (genital herpes) virus.
- There are over 50 million people in the US living with the herpes virus.
- Most people do not know that they are carriers.
- In some cases, the virus can cause no symptoms at all but the infected individual still can spread the virus to others.
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