Are you sexually active? If so, you must educate yourself with the different types of STD or Sexually Transmitted Disease. To begin with, let’s discuss what genital herpes is. This is a genital infection triggered by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). There are 2 types of HSV; the HSV1 which is defined to be infections above the waist such as on mouth and lip area while HSV2 is an infection found below the waist specifically on the genitals. Therefore, genital herpes is caused by HSV2 and its characteristics are soreness of your genitals, appearance of inflamed papules and vesicles located on your genital surface.
Genital herpes looks like a cold sore however you’ll experience other symptoms such as burning and itching sensation accompanied by pain. This disease tends to appear after 4 to 7 days of sexual contact. This contagious disease is commonly transmitted from a female partner to a male.
One out of five women will have a chance of acquiring this disease while men, on the other hand have a one out of nine chance of acquiring this disease. Regardless of who gets a higher chance of being infected, it is highly recommended to educate yourself with these kinds of diseases to avoid getting infected and of course, to enjoy a life free from sexual problems.
Genital Herpes Cure
A lot of experts have done thorough research for genital herpes cure mainly because it has been a very common STD case in the United States. Unfortunately, the percentage of those who are infected just keeps on increasing. Now, is there really a genital herpes cure? If so, then how can this disease be cured? According to experts, there are 2 things an infected person can do to remedy this condition. First, he must take antiviral medications such as Acyclovir, Valaciclovir, Famciclovir and Penciclovir. The main function of these antiviral medications is to slow down the capability of the Herpes Simplex Virus 2 to reproduce. Some individuals though are not allowed to take such medications especially those who are below 18 years old, those who are pregnant or lactating mothers, and those who are suffering from decrease kidney functions and a lot more. Another drug recommended are those topical drugs that contain Docosanol. This ingredient is potent enough to stop the HSV to damage surrounding cell membranes. Aside from these 2 common medications, others who are experiencing pain and itchiness resort to a more natural approach such as salt baths to reduce discomfort. Others would do ice bath and afterwards use some Betadine solution to quickly dry the blisters and avoid any further spread of infection. Curing this infection could be challenge; in fact this is not curable however it’s good to know that even though there’s no genital herpes cure yet there’s something we can do to relieve the pain.
Genital Herpes Treatment
It is a fact that there’s no such thing as a cure for genital herpes. Luckily, even without a cure, a person who is infected with an HSV2 can undergo several treatments to ease their condition. There is a lot of genital herpes treatment an infected person can do. For instance, taking an antiviral medication helps a lot in lessening the pain felt and hastening the healing of sores. Antiviral is found to be very effective during the first outbreak as it may shorten the length of outbreak and minimize the chances of spreading the infection to someone else. Genital herpes treatment depends on the severity of the person’s condition. If the outbreak is recurrent then it is better to take antiviral drugs every day over a period of time with the doctor’s prescription. Other treatments an infected person can do to lessen the pain and itch are to avoid wearing tight fitting clothes, if possible not to wear undergarments much better. Avoid the use of nylon clothes and start wearing loose outfits. It’s also advisable to wash your body with soap and water very slowly and gently to avoid further damage on the skin. However, in case of any breaks on the skin or an infection brought about by a bacteria and starts to develop, it’s highly recommended to seek help from your physician so he can provide you with the right dose of antibiotic. Genital herpes treatment is a lifelong treatment for there’s no cure for this kind of infection. Therefore, to avoid such condition you must avoid multiple partners and try to maintain a long term relationship.
Note: This Page was last updated on Tuesday 3rd of March 2015