Remedies for genital herpes
GENITAL HERPES REMEDIES
Characteristics of genital herpes
What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is caused by both Herpes simplex virus type 1 and by Herpes simplex virus type 2, the latter being the originator of 90% of infections. It is a type of herpes that is transmitted by sexual contact and is gaining a higher degree of infection among young people.
Genital herpes virus does not disappear completely after the first time that a person is infected but remains dormant for a period of time or long time until it returns to reactivate causing what is called an outbreak. For this reason, we say that herpes is a recurrent disease.
The more serious infections, including death, are as shown in infants as a result of genital herpes transmission from mother to child. (Neonatal herpes) This type of infection usually occurs at delivery.
Causes of genital herpes
How do people get genital herpes?
The cause of genital herpes is infection by Herpes simplex viruses. Within these, the one that produces more cases of infection is Herpes simplex type II (HSV-II) which is credited with 70 to 90% of cases. Herpes simplex virus type I (HSV-I) mainly responsible for cold sores, is also responsible for 10 to 30% of the remaining cases.
This is a highly contagious disease that is transmitted from a sick person to another who is not. Genital herpes appears on the genitals (penis and anus or near it in men / vagina, cervix and anus in women) Pimples that become blisters and these, in turn, burst and become crusty. This process begins as an initial stinging, changing to itching pain afterwards.
Herpes can be spread easily through kissing, caressing or skin contact. Sexual relations are a major cause of infection. The contact between genitalia, vaginal or anal penetration or contact of the mouth with sex facilitate the transmission of the virus. The reason lies in the genital areas being wet by nature, so the presence of mucus facilitates infection. For this reason mouth is so sensitive.
The infections caused by this type of herpes do not only occur when pimples, blisters, or open wounds are present but when the individual is infected, often without knowing it. It is believed that up to 75% of people infected by this type of herpes do not know it.
This is the reason why these viruses are being expanded widely every day. Sex allow infection. In addition, through oral sex, it can spread from the oral form to to genital one or vice versa.
Symptoms of genital herpes
Is there a cure for genital herpes?
- First infection: It is the most powerful, and painful. It is usually preceded by symptoms that resemble many infectious diseases: fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, lack of desire to eat, swollen lymph nodes... etc. This kind of symptoms most often occur between 2 and 14 days after the occurrence of infection.
Subsequently, genital herpes produces the first visible symptoms: After a period of itching, pain or burning sensation, pimples are formed that become blisters and these, in turn, burst and produce scabs that usually heal without leaving a scar on one or two weeks. (It appears on the genitals and around them: penis, scrotum, thighs and anus in men / vagina, cervix, clitoris, thighs and anus in women).
In the worst moments of the disease, when the wounds are open, the disease can be spread to other parts of the body.
- Recurrent infections: Later outbreaks can appear from time to time but they are less severe . Outbreaks are usually more common in women than in men.
Prevention and treatment of genital herpes
How do you prevent genital herpes?
Prevention of this disease is very difficult because infection can occur without transmitters manifesting visible signs of it. Despite this, the contagion is easier when there are blisters or sores, in which case one should should avoid skin contact.
Because sexual transmission is the most normal way of spreading genital herpes, it is prudent to use condoms when you do not have sufficient knowledge of your couple. You should avoid sex when there is a clear evidence of your partner having this disease. People who have had herpes should also use condoms during sex, although, apparently, they are not suffering an outbreak at this time.
People with severe immune problems, such as those undergoing cancer therapies, pregnant women or people with AIDS. should avoid contact with people showing signs of disease.
It is advised that women who have to give birth, in case of undergoing active episodes of genital herpes, make use of a cesarean section to avoid transmission of this disease to the baby, which would produce a type of herpes that can be very serious, even fatal.
Genital herpes is a disease that has no cure but whose symptoms can be improved or their periods of recurrence can be delayed if adequate treatment is applied. If you happen to suffer symptoms of this disease, it is very important to visit your doctor,
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