Antiviral medications are drugs used to treat viral infections. Unlike antibiotics, most antiviral medicines do not kill the pathogen, but they inhibit their development. Zidovudine, Pyrimidine, and Acyclovir are some of the commonly used antiviral medications.
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Please suggest treatment for genital herpes.
Query: Hi doctor, I have recently contracted genital herpes. I am having an outbreak, which scared me. I have blisters (vesicles) on the penis. I had a blood test done last week and this confirmed it. Please help me. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have thoroughly reviewed your health query and can well establish the sensitivity of issues you have. Thanks for uploading the labs here for reference (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, both HSV-1 and HSV-2 are positive. You also mentioned the ... Read Full »
I am suffering from chicken pox but my doctor did not prescribe any medications. Please advise.
Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from chicken pox and I went to the hospital yesterday. But they did not give me medicine and told me it will be cured in some days. I am itchy and the rashes are being multiplied. It has been two and a half days since I saw visible rashes and I am having a slight fever too... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. For chicken pox, ideally, antiviral medication has to be started within 24 hours and if it has crossed four hours there is no extra benefit that you get with those antivirals and that is why you have not been prescribed antiviral medication. ... Read Full »
Shall I take Lysine for herpes infection?
Query: Hi doctor, I have herpes. It was diagnosed around 2 years ago. I had a breakout and took some antiviral Acyclovir pills. I am starting to have outbreaks again on my lips. I have both types of herpes. I have heard that Lysine fights herpes and so I am taking some vitamins too. I would like to know ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to understand the basic pathology about herpes. You had herpes genitalis in the past and there are chances of you having recurrent episode if your immunity is low.As your partner also has it, you both need to take antiviral therapy. The most important line of man... Read Full »
Which doctor specializes in cheek and throat problems?
Query: Hi doctor, For the last one and a half month, I have been having a swelling inside the cheek and some stiffness in the right throat. Rarely, I have gotten white and red patches. Now, I have one line in my lips and some small red dots, which come on and off. When I consulted a general surgeon, he sai... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to see a general physician to get treatment for this.This is most certainly an infection like mumps or rubella from your symptoms that you have described. It is a classic case with typical symptoms.It is a viral illness and you need antiviral therapy and not anti... Read Full »
Can bronchoscopy help in lung collapse caused due to pneumonia?
Query: Hi doctor, My uncle has been admitted to a hospital, after a week of high-grade fever along with a cough, which gradually increased. They took a chest x-ray and blood tests and confirmed that it is pneumonia, and my uncle was on O2. He was also suspected for swine flu, and we waited for the reports,... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen all the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) This history seems to be of acute viral pneumonitis, probably due to a new unknown strain or H1N1. Sometimes, cultures may be negative while he can still harbor it. The CT scan is sugg... Read Full »
Am I suffering from genital herpes?
Query: Hello doctor, It started with a burning pain during urination, which lasted two days with no other symptoms. The doctor said I had a UTI and advised me to drink plenty of fluids, which I did. Then two days after, there was a lump on my right labia. The painful urination has gone, but this lump on m... Read Full »
Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, there are no readily available blood tests for genital herpes, and most often, a clinical examination is enough to confirm it. This is a painful blister, and a possible cause is a genital herpes, with a previous history of urine infection for which ... Read Full »
I have a fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, and an enlarged lymph node. Are my symptoms suggestive of monkeypox infection?
Query: Hello doctor, I am anxious about the increasing spread of the monkeypox virus because I have a fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, and an enlarged lymph node. Have I acquired the monkeypox virus? I have undergone a blood test, but I am scared. Can you suggest some medicines? How can I overcome th... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Depending on your previous exposure to the disease or vaccinated smallpox infection, you might have acquired the monkeypox virus. The signs and symptoms are similar to influenza. Please attach the images of the rashes you have. 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 »
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 »
Could herpes labialis recur after four years?
Query: Hi doctor,I have a recurrence of herpes labialis after four years. Before four years, I had severe blisters on the lips with fever. But now, I have blisters alone. I was given Valacyclovir and Acyclovir before four years for the outbreak. Please suggest me what to do. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You have been suffering from herpes labialis induced blisters on the lips before four years. According to the picture that is provided here, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) it shows that you suffer from cold sore blisters on t... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I am in a need to take steroids for IVF due to autoimmune issue. But, I have herpes 2. Will it affect my baby? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The biggest concern in a pregnant genital herpes patient is that the infection is transmitted to the baby during labor and delivery, which can be devastating. This can happen if you are contagious or shedding the virus. There is no way to know for sure if you are she... Read Full »