Herpes Genitalis: How to Manage and Cure Herpes Genitalis
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Herpes genitalis, also known as genital herpes or herpes type 2. There are two types of herpes and both are viral infections. The infections are not gender specific and can affect people of all ages. Sexuality and adolescence or adulthood doesn’t have anything to do with the trigger or the spread of the virus.
What is Herpes Genitalis or Genital Herpes
Herpes genitalis is caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are many viruses in the same family. Herpes simplex 1 causes herpes type 1 which is also known as cold sores. Herpes type 2 or herpes genitalis is caused by herpes simplex 2 virus. Genital herpes is a viral infection. Just as cold sore or herpes type 1 develops in the mouth and skin, genital herpes affects the genital areas of men and women as well as gays or lesbians. Neither type of herpes has any vaccine. There is no medicine, traditional or alternative, to cure herpes.
Herpes Simplex 2 Virus
Herpes simplex 2 is a virus belonging to the family of herpesvirus called Herpesviridae. Herpes simplex 2 is one of the two viruses that can cause a viral infection in humans. The infection is chronic. It is progressive and hence can get worse over time before the body is able to produce the antibodies or develops a certain degree of immunity against the viral condition. Herpes simplex 2 is contagious, so is herpes simplex 1.
Symptoms of Genital Herpes
Symptoms of genital herpes may not become obvious for weeks and in some cases months from the date of contracting the virus. It is quite possible that a person would be infected with the herpes simplex 2 virus but would not have any visible or identifiable symptom. Many people continue to live their normal lifestyle without even knowing that they have contracted the virus. In many cases however the symptoms become obvious immediately or within four to seven days from contracting the virus. Immediate symptoms are desirable since one gets to know the actual incident that leads to the spread of the contagion. When symptoms develop a year later or several months after a sexual act or being in physical contact with an infected person, it is quite difficult to identify who the infected person was and how the virus had actually spread.
Those who don’t have any symptoms of herpes genitalis will not know they are infected. Those who have symptoms must be sure that they are indeed signs of genital herpes and not some other condition. The herpes simplex 2 virus takes time to incubate and then comes the outbreak. The immunity of a person, overall health, medical history and also the severity of the contraction of the virus will determine when and how the symptoms will develop.
The first outbreak is usually the most discomforting and it gets worse before one begins to recover. There can be subsequent outbreaks but the severity will be milder since the body will develop a stronger immune system capable of fighting the virus. It must also be noted that the virus doesn’t necessarily get eliminated from the body after the initial outbreak. The virus may well live in the body for years and decades if not an entire lifetime. One simply grows immune to the outbreaks and hence there are no obvious symptoms or signs of the infection.
• The first outbreak, what is also referred to as the primary infection, of genital herpes will be characterized by small blisters. These blisters will show up around the genitals or in the genital area. The blisters will burst, the area will become red and there will be open sores. Many people have blisters in their rectum as well. Buttocks and thighs also have such blisters and ulcers. Women may have ulcers and blisters in the lower part of their womb, what is called cervix. Women will also have vaginal discharge. Both men and women will have some degree of pain while urinating.
• In addition to the symptoms in the genital area, there will be some degree of lethargy and pain. Body aches are very common. Most people suffering from genital herpes will feel unwell and lack desired focus or the urge to work and even do the most common day-to-day chores. Men and women will also experience flu like symptoms. These are initial symptoms that can last anywhere from five days to three weeks. Symptoms may also last a month or longer in some rare cases when the infection or outbreak is severe. It should be noted that the blisters leaving behind the sores after bursting will heal on their own. There will be no scarring if one doesn’t scratch or worsen the condition with any remedy with side effects.
• There are recurrent infections after the initial outbreak or the primary infection. Recurrent infections are caused by dormant viruses. There would be some herpes simplex 2 viruses that will not go through incubation during the first outbreak. They will remain inactive and dormant in the body, waiting to be incubated or activated in time. This will cause subsequent outbreaks which will look and feel like the initial outbreak but will be milder. Recurrent or subsequent outbreaks and infections will cause itching and burning sensations in and around the genitals, there would be tingling feelings and these sensations can extend down to the leg. These sensations will be followed with blisters, just like those observed during the initial outbreak or primary infection. There will be red blisters, open sores and ulcers in the same genital area, rectum, buttocks and thighs.
Recurring infections or outbreaks don’t have as severe symptoms as the first outbreak. The immune system can generate antibodies faster and target the virus more effectively every subsequent time there is an outbreak. The body learns to recognize the virus as such and proactively responds to the infection as the symptoms develop.
Every outbreak reduces the chances of a subsequent outbreak. Hence, those who have had only one outbreak cannot be really content or feel lucky that their infections were short lived. There is substantial possibility of outbreaks in the future. It is better to have the infections pan out and the body to get rid of the virus, if not absolutely then to as large an extent as possible.
Contracting the Virus: Herpes Simplex 2 Transmission
The most common forms of transmission of herpes simplex 2 are sexual acts, including kissing and oral sex. Herpes simplex 2 can infect anyone, regardless of gender, age and medical history. The symptoms and the severity of the condition may vary from person to person. The severity is mostly influenced by the extent to which a person is exposed to the virus. Prolonged exposure to the infection or the viral outbreak will lead to severe outbreaks. Men and women having multiple sex partners and a history of sexually transmitted diseases are more vulnerable. Weak immune system will make one more vulnerable. Personal hygiene and the type of sexual encounters would also be influencing factors. Having unprotected sex certainly increases the chances of contracting the herpes simplex virus and hence having genital herpes.
Cure for Genital Herpes
Genital herpes can be treated with baking soda. You would need a piece of cotton ball, some baking soda to dip the balls in and you should apply them to the itching areas, at or on the sores and also on the blisters. You would have dryer sores, they will reduce in their size and the itching along with the pain will subside to an extent. You may also use cornstarch as an alternative to baking soda. Don’t use both at the same time.
Most symptoms of genital herpes are noticeable and on the skin. Topical remedies are effective in most cases. You can opt for a bath with Epsom salt. The best way to use Epsom salt is in a bathtub. You can mix some Epsom salt in a bucket and then have a brief shower but giving it time is essential.
You should ideally fill up the bathtub to its half with lukewarm water. You should add around a quarter cup of Epsom salt to a half filled standard bathtub. Let the salt dissolve in the water. You can use your arms to stir the water to assist the dissolving process. Once you cannot see the salt accumulated anywhere in the tub, hence indicating the salt has dissolved, you should get in and relax for around twenty minutes. Let the salt work its magic. You don’t need to combine anything else or add any other essential oil, soap and any type of cosmetic product. An Epsom salt bath will reduce the blisters, ease the irritation and you would also get completely healed sooner than later.
You can also use Echinacea tree extract in a drink, preferably juice or tea, to reduce or contain the outbreaks. There are many other herbal remedies but these are the safer options. In addition to these remedies, you should always be hygienic, stay away from contact with others regardless of whether they are infected or not and you should also opt for nutritious meals.
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Note: This Page was last updated on Monday 18th of February 2019