Valacyclovir

Valacyclovir is an antiviral that is used to treat viral infections caused by herpes simplex virus (cold sores) and varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox and shingles). This medicine is also used to reduce the episodes of genital herpes, which is also caused by the herpes simplex virus. Valacyclovir does not cure these viral infections but decreases the severity and duration of the viral outbreak.

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How to improve immunity to prevent recurrent HSV-2 infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am diagnosed with HSV-2 last month from skin-to-skin contact with an asymptomatic boy. I took Valacyclovir for about four days, and the lesion on the right vaginal wall (one small cut), pain, burning, and pins and needles went away for the most part. But at times, I am feeling a strong...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Yes, the herpes virus remains dormant in our body. So you might be having herpes virus in your body despite taking Valacyclovir. But I do not think this current symptom is due to the herpes virus. Because herpes virus will cause pai...  Read Full »

Can I take Valacyclovir for the mouth sores caused due to herpes infection?

Query: Hi doctor, Does Valacyclovir 500 mg help to prevent mouth sores caused due to herpes?   Read Full »


Dr. S D Sinha

Family Physician, Infectious Diseases Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Valacyclovir is an antiviral drug used for the treatment of cold sores (herpes labialis). The efficacy of Valacyclovir is not established after the development of cold sores. Hence, it should be used as early as possible. It should be used preferably at the earliest sym...  Read Full »

How common is oral HSV-2 infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I was recently diagnosed with HSV 2. I am having both genial and oral lesions. What is the best dosage of Valtrex to kill virus? Also, is HIV 2 oral infection uncommon one? I had shingles before 10 years and at that my doctor believed it as HSV 2. My IgG blood test showed HSV 1 0.06 and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, oral HSV 2 (herpes simplex virus) is uncommon, but it can be the cause. Same way HSV 1 is mostly oral, but it can cause genital disease too. The dosage of Valtrex (Valaciclovir) differs according to the course of the disease such as initial disease episode and recurr...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest treatment for painful pus-filled group of rashes on the back.

Query: Hello doctor, I developed some skin rashes where medium-sized reddish marks have developed on my stomach and back. They have a burning sensation and minor pain when touched. At each of those rashes, there are multiple minor pus-like swellings grouped together. I have had this for the past three da...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. These rashes could be herpetic rashes. I need to see these rashes to confirm the diagnosis. Please revert with a photo so I can suggest you treatment accordingly. Do seek treatment to avoid to prevent complications.  Read Full »

Will lesions on lips recur often?

Query: Hello doctor, I have lesions on lips reduced for a few days and now it started to come again. I have a burning and itching sensation. I took tablet Acyclovir 400 mg, Levocet 5 mg, and Acyclovir cream IP 5% for 10 days.   Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Apply Sodium fusidate cream twice daily on it for seven days, tablet Pregaba M tablet two times daily for seven days. I need to ask a few questions also. Did you take Acyclovir three times dai...  Read Full »

What could cause skin infection in face, neck, and ear in a cardiac patient?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 57 years old and she is a cardiac patient. She is having skin infection around his face, neck, and ear area. For the past two days she is taking the following medicines for this infection: 1. Surfaz- SN ointment (Clotrimazole, Beclomethasone Dipropionate, and Neomycin s...  Read Full »


Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the picture. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is herpes zoster. The following medicines are required for this condition. Tablet Valcivir 1 g thrice daily for seven days, Fusidic acid cream twice daily, and tablet Dolo 650 mg (as r...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a treatment plan for keratitis.

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from stromal viral keratitis. My doctor mentioned in my report as stromal keratitis (herpes?). Is that herpes? Also I was prescribed Pred forte, Add Tears and Acivir ointment. Are these right medicines? This is the second episode after five years. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me share some facts about viral infection of eye. Primary viral infection of the eye is usually followed by recurrent infection that may involve any or all layers of cornea. Cornea has three layers: Epithelium, stroma and endothelium. It is when the stroma affec...  Read Full »

I am getting a boil like thing on my lips. Is it herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am starting to get a boil kind of thing on my lips. Picture attached. How can I stop it? I hope it is not herpes.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry the picture is slightly blurred (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I am not able to make out if the lesion is a bump or blister or a pustule. It is very important for me to have a clear view of the lesion. Can you please attach clear pictures ...  Read Full »

I got some rashes on my hands after carrying iron rods. What could it be due to?

Query: Dear doctor, I am a 66 year old male. No diabetes, no hypertension with normal lipid limits. I am working in a remote area where no medical facility is available. Since last week, I have a rash on my right hand with a rose circle that has several watery eruptions. It is only in the hand. The ones I...  Read Full »


Dr. (prof.) Kumaresan Muthuvel

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are having herpes zoster. This is a viral infection. I suggest taking the following tablet. Valtoval (Valacyclovir) 1 g thrice a day for five days. Consult your specialist doctor, discu...  Read Full »

Can I take Acyclovir until I find Valcivir?

Query: Hello doctor,Tablet containing Acyclovir 200 mg is only available here. I have arranged to receive tablet Valcivir 1000 mg, but it will take a week to reach here. Kindly advise.  Read Full »


Dr. (prof.) Kumaresan Muthuvel

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acyclovir can be taken as 800 mg five times daily. Usually, Acyclovir is a dispersible tablet. Place four tablets in a glass of water and then you can drink the water once the tablets dissolve. Repeat this five times daily for five days. After a week, there is no p...  Read Full »

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