Genital Herpes

Genital Herpes is a very problematic viral infection that affects areas such as the penis, vagina, cervix (neck of the uterus), anus, gluteus and sometimes lips and mouth. The cause of this infection is the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) and very occasionally the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which is the cause of herpes labialis.

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How do you get genital herpes?

Genital herpes, also called herpes genitalis, can infect both men and women and is normally transmitted with the direct contact between private parts. This means that the virus is transmitted through sexual activities such as genital contact, sex, anal sex, exchange of body fluids or oral sex. In this case, it is possible that when one of the partners is infected with herpes labialis, practicing oral sex, the other partner is going to be infected in the genital parts. It is also possible the opposite, that one of the partner transmits genital herpes to the other partner’s mouth.

The transmission of the virus can also happen through indirect contact. Even if is less frequent, you can get infected through towels, cutlery, dirty toilets or infected bed sheets. This is why I suggest you to be extremely careful when using public bathrooms or some else’s personal belongings.

Genital herpes symptoms

The herpes virus can enter inside the body through breaks in the skin, small cuts or scrapes. Before the virus will manifest (it takes four to seven days after the infection) you may experience itch and/or formication on the skin and sometimes flu-like symptoms. In the most severe cases you may experience high fever, painful urination and inguinal swelling. Since all these symptoms are also common in other condition, genital herpes is sometimes mistaken for yeast or bladder infections.

The first rash is always the strongest. You will have fluid-filled blisters which eventually are going to break open and leave the skin very irritated and sore. Dry crusts will replace the blisters in few days but until then the skin is going to be open causing a lot of discomfort. Sometimes, the herpes can spread also to areas near the genitals, such as thighs and glutes. You have to keep in mind that even if the first outbreak is disappeared completely, herpes can always develop again. Usually, this will happen during periods of high stress or fatigue.

How to cure genital herpes

There are two possible treatments that doctors prescribe for the cure of genital herpes. They are based both on the same drugs which are acyclovir, famciclovir and valacyclovir. You can find them in two possible ways:

Topical creams –  they are creams that can be applied to relieve the pain and help to remove the infection. These creams have to be applied several times during the day until the rash is completely gone. Usually they are prescribed together with oral antivirals medicine.

Antiviral medicines – these medicines can be used for suppressive treatments. They are sold in pills and help to slow the spread of the virus on the body and to fasten the recovery.

What they are not going to tell you is that these drugs are only effective to relieve symptoms and DO NOT cure herpes completely. Also, these medication have a lot of side effects and if you are going to take them every time you experience an outbreak they can also be dangerous for you. Some of their side effects are stomachache, weakness, lost of appetite and in the worst cases confusion, sense of agitation, irritability and fast heartbeat. You should know that there ways to cure herpes that do not involve the use of common medication and they are completely safe for you. These are natural remedies and they guarantee so solve your problem without having any side effect.

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