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Is Herpes Permanently Curable?

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I faced multiple boils on the back, just below my neck, doctor told that it is harpies and started the treatment. I want to know that if the treatment is permanent or I have to take medicine throughout the life. Right now i am 57 year old.
Mon, 16 Mar 2015
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Hello,
Thank you for posting your query to HCM,

Herpes is a viral infection. It is difficult to find medicines that treat it completely. The medicine you are taking helps reduce pain, prevent complications, and shorten the course of the disease, if taken before 72 hours that the disease started. You will need to take the medicine for 10 days. The boils that you have will last 2-3 weeks, and heal in appearance.

The virus will sleep in the nerve root, and when you will have a low immunity, it may appear again, and you will need to start over with the medicine you are taking for 10 days.

So, my answer is no...you don't need to take the medicine all your life, but only when the infection appear again. Though, not necessarily it may reactivate again.

Meanwhile, be careful to keep the area dry, and wash your hands when you touch the blisters, because it may be transmitted to other people.

Hope this helps,
If you have other questions, I qould be happy to answer.

Take care,
Dr. Papaqako
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Is Herpes Permanently Curable?

Hello, Thank you for posting your query to HCM, Herpes is a viral infection. It is difficult to find medicines that treat it completely. The medicine you are taking helps reduce pain, prevent complications, and shorten the course of the disease, if taken before 72 hours that the disease started. You will need to take the medicine for 10 days. The boils that you have will last 2-3 weeks, and heal in appearance. The virus will sleep in the nerve root, and when you will have a low immunity, it may appear again, and you will need to start over with the medicine you are taking for 10 days. So, my answer is no...you don t need to take the medicine all your life, but only when the infection appear again. Though, not necessarily it may reactivate again. Meanwhile, be careful to keep the area dry, and wash your hands when you touch the blisters, because it may be transmitted to other people. Hope this helps, If you have other questions, I qould be happy to answer. Take care, Dr. Papaqako