Acyclovir

Acyclovir is an antiviral medication used to treat the outbreaks of cold sores, shingles, and chickenpox. It does not cure these diseases but just decreases the severity and length of such lesions.

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Do I have to terminate my pregnancy as I took steroids for herpes zoster infection?

Query: Hi doctor,I am being advised to terminate a desired pregnancy because of the medication I have been prescribed to tackle a virus that I got just after becoming pregnant. I am looking for a second medical opinion on whether termination is necessary. I would like to understand the risks to the fetus o...  Read Full »


Dr. Vidya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The increased exposure to corticosteroid can cross the placental barrier and cause adrenal suppression in the fetus. This can lead to salt wasting, electrolyte imbalances, and even poor development of the fetus. The organs can also have improper developed and ...  Read Full »

How to cure the wart-like growth on my foreskin that is recurrent?

Query: Hi doctor, I had wart-like growth on my foreskin. I consulted a doctor, who asked me to get a circumcision done. So I got the circumcision done. The biopsy result showed that they were viral warts (condyloma acuminatum), and the doctor gave me tablet Valtoval for a month. After going through the int...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. You are right in saying that genital warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), and even the biopsy of the excised skin confirmed the same. Although there are some reports that Valtoval (Valacyclovir) has some eff...  Read Full »

How to identify shingles?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed this itchy, sore and bubbly rash on my back, in the bra strap area. The rash is relatively small and oval in shape. I have attached an image for your better understanding. I have been using tanning beds, so I am not sure if that could have caused this rash. But my mom says...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and examined your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Shingles is a viral infection caused by varicella zoster. It is characterized by unilateral pain, with multiple fluid-filled eruptions limited to a dermatome. It does ...  Read Full »

I took a herpes antibody test for my lip blisters, but the result came as indeterminate. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a sore in my inner lips since morning. I took a herpes antibody test, but the result came as indeterminate.Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. N Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I acknowledge the test report and image attached with this query (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). The blood investigations show indeterminate herpes simplex IgM (immunoglobulin M) antibody. I suggest you repeat the test to confirm...  Read Full »

Do HSV infection recur?

Query: Hello doctor, Some months back, I got a sore on my lips. So, I went to see the doctor who diagnosed it as HSV-1 through a swab test. It was the first time I had it, and I did not know about it before. I did not have a recurrence even after three months, but I was told that it is a recurrent conditio...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and concerns. It seems you have herpes labialis. It is an infection of the oral mucosa seen in young adults due to HSV (herpes simplex virus) type 1 or rarely type 2. It is a common disease, and in most cases, the transfer is through sexual contact...  Read Full »

How can I avoid scars formed from chickenpox?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 34 year old female. It started with two days of fever and body pain. I developed blisters and spots. My doctor diagnosed it as chickenpox. I have a few red spots and blisters on my face. I am taking Acivir 400 DT thrice, Azithromycin once daily and Cetirizine 10. I am also applying...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chickenpox or varicella is a viral infection and if not treated correctly leads to complications. From your clinical image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the diagnosis looks to be so. There are some necessary precautions that you need to take so that th...  Read Full »

I got infected with HSV-1 a few days back. Will it affect daily lifestyle in future?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with HSV-1 four months back, HSV IgG was positive, and IgM was negative. I am a healthy person, and if I keep myself away from HIV, will I still have HSV outbreaks after 60 years of age? HIV is the only known immunocompromised state. Will a cold, flu, thyroid, diabete...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are not immunosuppressed, then HSV (herpes simplex virus) outbreaks will not increase at 60 years or later. General ill health can cause an outbreak, but thyroid disorders, diabetes, flu, and cold will not cause an outbreak. Sore outbreaks at any time without any ...  Read Full »

My wife got chickenpox during pregnancy. What are the risks?

Query: Hi doctor,My wife is 7 months pregnant. We found red rashes on her body two days back. Today, two of them found as blisters. We met the doctor and she said it as chickenpox. Can you advise the precautions we need to take? Also, what are the risks associated with this? She is currently on Amoxicilli...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances are good that your baby would be fine. If you get chickenpox during the first or second trimester, then there is a slight risk (less than 2 percent) that your baby could get congenital varicella syndrome. The risk is highest if you are infected between w...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some remedies recover from chickenpox.

Query: Hello doctor, I have chickenpox, and the blisters are big. What should I eat, and what should I avoid eating? And please tell me some remedies.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashish Agrawal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should consult a nearby physician to confirm the diagnosis of chickenpox. I suggest you try the following. Tablet Acyclovir 800 mg, thrice daily for 14 days. Apply ointment Acyclovir on the blister for seven days. Syrup Zincovit (Multivitamin) 5 ml for ...  Read Full »

Why do I have recurrent pain in my penis with blisters and itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I got blisters, itching, and pain in my penis seven months back. It recurred again and again for almost 12 months. So my doctor did HSV IgG and IgM tests. All my results came back negative. But he gave me Acyclovir 400. What does it mean? Do I suffer from genital herpes?   Read Full »


Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. HSV (herpes simplex virus) 1 and 2 IgM (immunoglobulin M) and IgG (immunoglobulin G) can show negative results even while having herpes. You can repeat the test again. It can come back positive now. Herpes is known for its recurrence. But it is not a dreadful diseas...  Read Full »

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