What is Instillagel?
Instillagel contains the active ingredient, lidocaine hydrochloride 5%, which is a local anaesthetic. Instillagel can be applied to genital herpes as and when is needed to numb the affected areas offering immediate relief from pain, discomfort and irritation.
Each 11 ml tube of Instillagel is supplied in a pre-filled sterile syringe making it quick and easy to apply even when you are on the go.
What is Instillagel used for?
Instillgel can be bought online from The Independent Pharmacy to numb the pain and irritation caused by genital herpes. Instillagel does not work to combat the infection itself, however, when used alongside other genital herpes treatments, or on its own, it can help you feel more comfortable during a flare-up.
What is genital herpes?
Genital Herpes is a highly contagious Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) that is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Once you have caught herpes, through vaginal, anal or oral sex, the virus will always remain in your body but you will only experience symptoms intermittently.
The main symptoms of genital herpes are:
- Small blisters or sores around the genitals, anus, thighs or buttocks
- Tingling, itching or burning around the genitals
- Pain when urinating
- Women may also experience abnormal vaginal discharge
Symptoms of genital herpes, in most people, will clear up without any treatment, however, Instillagel can offer additional short-term relief during a flare-up.
How does Instillagel work?
Lidocaine hydrochloride is the active ingredient in Instillagel that is a medicine known as a local anaesthetic. It works as soon as it is applied, by numbing any areas of the skin with which it is in contact, by blocking pain signals from reaching your brain. The effects of Instillagel normally last for around 4 hours.
Alternatives to Instillagel
At The Independent Pharmacy, we stock a range of management and treatment options for people affected by genital herpes. Lidocaine Ointment is a direct alternative to Instillagel and works in the same way to numb sore, irritated areas. We also have antiviral tablets, including Aciclovir and Valaciclovir available on prescription.
If you are suffering from a flare-up of genital herpes but are unsure as to what is the best treatment for you, you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.