Cure For Illnesses

The term “cure” means that, after medical treatment, the patient no longer has that particular condition anymore.

Some diseases can be cured. Others, like hepatitis B, have no cure. The person will always have the condition, but medical treatments can help to manage the disease.

Medical professionals use medicine, therapy, surgery, and other treatments to help lessen the symptoms and effects of a disease. Sometimes these treatments are cures — in other words, they get rid of the disease. For example, doctors treat athlete’s foot using antifungal creams, powders, or sprays that kill the fungus causing the disease.

The good news is that researchers are constantly coming up with advances in medicine. So it’s possible that a disease that can be treated but not cured today may be cured in the future. Here are the common cures for known illnesses.

Cure for Herpes

There is no cure for the herpes virus yet. A herpes vaccine does not currently exist because the herpes virus has more complicated DNA than most infections, creating challenges for researchers.

Acyclovir (Zovirax)

Acyclovir is a prescription antiviral drug taken orally or applied topically that treats the symptoms of genital herpes. It can decrease the pain of outbreaks and help them heal faster. In people with weakened immune systems, acyclovir can also help prevent the risk of the virus spreading to other parts of your body, causing further infections. In severe cases, the intravenous (IV) form of acyclovir can be administered by a healthcare professional.

Famciclovir (Famvir)

Famciclovir, taken orally in the form of a tablet, is a prescription drug for oral and genital herpes. It is recommended for people with strong immune systems, though it should not be the first course of treatment for people experiencing their first episode of genital herpes. It is also not recommended for people with weakened immune systems. Famciclovir works by decreasing the severity and length of herpes outbreaks.

Valacyclovir (Valtrex)

Valacyclovir comes in tablet form taken by mouth. It is a prescription antiviral drug that can treat the symptoms of and prevent flare-ups of oral and genital herpes. People with frequent outbreaks can take valacyclovir daily as part of their suppressive therapy to prevent future infections and reduce the risk of transmission to sexual partners.

Docosanol (Abreva)

Docosanol is the active ingredient in the OTC topical medication Abreva, which is FDA-approved for the treatment of recurrent herpes simplex labialis (HSL), the most recognized recurring infection of your lips and perioral tissue caused by HSV-1. A 2001 study concluded that docosanol is safe and effective for treating recurrent HSL.

Cure for Syphillis

When diagnosed and treated in its early stages, syphilis is easy to cure. The preferred treatment at all stages is penicillin, an antibiotic medication that can kill the organism that causes syphilis. If you’re allergic to penicillin, your doctor may suggest another antibiotic or recommend penicillin desensitization.

If you are diagnosed with primary, secondary or early-stage latent syphilis (by definition, less than a year), the recommended treatment is a single injection of penicillin. If you’ve had syphilis for longer than a year, you may need additional doses.

Penicillin is the only recommended treatment for pregnant women with syphilis. Women who are allergic to penicillin can undergo a desensitization process that may allow them to take penicillin. Even if you’re treated for syphilis during your pregnancy, your newborn child should be tested for congenital syphilis and if infected, receive antibiotic treatment.

The first day you receive treatment you may experience what’s known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction. Signs and symptoms include a fever, chills, nausea, achy pain and a headache. This reaction usually doesn’t last more than one day.

Cure for Gonorrhea

Modern antibiotics can cure most gonorrhea transmissions. Most states also provide free diagnosis and treatment at state-sponsored health clinics.

At home and over-the-counter (OTC) remedies

There are no at-home remedies or OTC medications that’ll treat gonorrhea. Anyone who thinks they may have acquired gonorrhea from a partner should seek care from a healthcare professional.

Antibiotics

Gonorrhea is usually treated with an antibiotic injection of ceftriaxone one time to the buttocks and a single dose of azithromycin by mouth. Once on antibiotics, you should feel relief within days.

The law requires healthcare professionals to report the diagnosis, usually to the county public health department. Public health officials will identify, contact, test, and treat any sexual partners of the person diagnosed to help prevent the spread.

Health officials will also contact other people these individuals may have had sexual contact with.

The emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea is a growing challenge. These cases may require more extensive treatment, with a 7-day course of an oral antibiotic or dual therapy with two different antibiotics, usually for a total of 7 days of therapy.

The antibiotics used for extended therapy are usually given once or twice a day. Some common antibiotics used include azithromycin and doxycycline.

Scientists are working to develop vaccines to prevent gonorrhea transmission.

Cure for Chlamydia 

The good news is that chlamydia is easy to treat. Since it’s bacterial in nature, it’s treated with antibiotics.

Azithromycin is an antibiotic usually prescribed in a single, large dose. Doxycycline is an antibiotic that must be taken twice per day for about one week.

Other antibiotics may also be given. No matter which antibiotic is prescribed, dosage instructions should be followed carefully to make sure the infection clears up fully. This can take up to two weeks, even with the single-dose medications.

During the treatment time, it’s important not to have sex. It’s still possible to transmit and contract chlamydia if exposed again, even if you’ve treated a previous infection.

Although chlamydia is curable, it’s still important to stay protected and prevent recurrence.

Home remedies for chlamydia

Chlamydia is caused by a bacterial infection. The only true cure for this type of infection is antibiotics.

But some alternative treatments may help ease symptoms. It’s important to remember that untreated chlamydia can lead to long-term complications, including fertility problems and chronic inflammation.

Home remedies for chlamydia that may be effective (for symptoms, not the infection itself) include:

  • Goldenseal. This medicinal plant may limit symptoms during an infection by reducing inflammation.
  • Echinacea. This plant has been widely used to boost the immune system in order to help people overcome infections of many types, from the common cold to skin wounds. It may help reduce symptoms of chlamydia.