What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is associated with Herpes simplex virus that is mainly sexually transmitted from person to person.
There are two genital strains of HSV
This type is accompanied by bumps surrounding the mouth region.
Type 2 is accompanied by lesions on the genital area.
Even though the signs of this virus are different they both spread the infection. A kiss can spread HSV-1 and HSV-2 is spread through sexual contact. HSV 2 is a major concern these days and good care is mandatory to treat it. Studies show that 1 out of 6 people suffers from herpes and out of those women are more prone to this disease. Nobody would love to live with these burdening and embarrassing symptoms that immensely affect the social well being. It gets even harder to bear when the virus starts replicating in the nerve tissue, the breakouts increase so does the irritation. An early diagnosis will help you to combat infection.
Identifying the symptoms
Genital herpes initially starts with slightest symptoms or you may not notice any symptoms. Awareness is the key to control this infection. Here we have mentioned some of the common symptoms that can possibly occur during HSV 2 infection
- Pustules on the genital region that progress to form an ulcer.
- Outbreaks in the anal region.
- The healing of these bumps takes 3 to 4 weeks.
At the initial stage, the above symptoms will be accompanied by fever, body pain and swelling in the lymph nodes. Majority of people are unable to recognize this infection and tend to neglect it. The confusion mainly occurs due to mild symptoms, we take it granted for some other common disease. If you suffer from these symptoms, rush to a health clinic and diagnose to know the actual cause.
Is HSV 2 curable?
Here is a bad news, HSV 2 cannot be cured. Once you are infected by this disease, you will have to suffer the pain of these breakouts for the lifetime. Even though it is non-curable, there are natural herbs that can reduce the impact of symptoms. So you don’t have to feel disheartened, you still can step on the disease and keep it under your control.
Medical treatments for genital herpes
So far the medical science has only found medicines that can suppress the symptoms and help you manage the infection. But anytime in the near future, the researchers are likely to find a cure. Let us keep positive hopes and keep going until the cure is discovered.
Some of the medicines that are used to treat genital herpes are Valtrex, Zovirax and Famvir. These medications are swallowed as soon as a person experiences early signs of blisters (itching or irritation on the skin), or within a day after breakouts occur. These medicines lessen the virus replication and reduce symptoms of the disease. However, these medicines are not effective in treating all cases; it can only prevent 70% of replication and still cause outbreaks. Moreover, these cause various side effects which range from mild to severe. Some of them are headaches, vomiting, nausea, heart attack and vision problems.
Natural treatment for genital herpes
Many of you might be consuming chemical medicines that are not working enough for you and in the background causing a lot of side effects. I would recommend you to try using natural treatments. You might think natural treatments are slow and want to avoid this approach. But you should visualize long-term benefits that it does to you. One important aspect is that it has no side effects. These natural treatments not only help you in treating genital herpes but also enhance whole body health.
A few insights regarding natural treatment are as below:
Some of the supplements that are extensively used to treat genital herpes are Ginseng, Zinc, olive, Aloe Vera, licorice root, vitamin C and B-complex.
Essential oils like tea tree oil, olive oil and clove oil are applied on the outbreaks to improve the healing process. Lemon balm is also used as a topical treatment.
You have to bare this infection throughout your life, so it is necessary to be consistent and patient. The holistic approach is associated with practices like yoga, acupuncture and meditation. These practices will calm stress levels, build endurance and help you to cope with disease symptoms easily.
These approaches will prevent outbreaks and virus replication in the body upon regular use. A little bit of personal effort and consistency in using these treatments will definitely help you live your life freely.