Genital Herpes occurs as frequently in men and women mainly because sexual intercourse is its only but effective mode of transmission. Its occurrence will forever live as this kind of infection cannot be cured. The available treatments are only there to provide the patient some relief from the symptoms.
Genital Herpes is widely contagious. It has been established through clinical studies that over 50 million Americans has the disease. Yet, that number may even balloon to unbelievable figures once the infection becomes active. Genital Herpes, during its early stages, does not provide any symptom. Studies have shown that the infected patients are mostly poor, chronic cocaine users, and polygamous.
GENITAL HERPES CAUSESGenital Herpes is caused by certain types of viruses that only transmit through sexual contact. Unprotected sexual intercourse, may it be vaginal, anal, or oral, is a foolproof way of contracting the disease. Herpes simplex or HSV, the virus that causes Genital Herpes, does not thrive when it is outside the body. That is why the myth that it can be obtained from infected toilet seats is just that, a myth. There is no germ of truth in it.
The occurrence of HSV virus is often left alone unnoticed. Newly-infected patients would not usually show any kind of symptoms. However, once the symptoms of Genital Herpes start to crop up, it will spell utter physical discomfort. Itching, irritation, and pain around the genitalia are just about the common symptoms of the disease. This is usually followed by the existence of sores, blisters, or ulcers in the vagina, the penis, the anus, the buttocks, or the scrotum.
With the physical manifestations of Genital Herpes come the inconveniences. Patients afflicted by this STD would find it too painful to urinate. Aside from that, they experience flu-like symptoms like fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, shortness of breath, and headache. Since Genital Herpes cannot be cured, relapse may happen at any point. The recurrence of an outbreak in the future, however, takes a shorter time to heal.
The Genital Herpes virus may seek comfort hiding in the body while it is under treatment but not go away completely. It will just be there waiting for another outbreak with the same painful sores and the same brand of discomfort.
GENITAL HERPES SYMPTOMSThe symptoms of Genital Herpes usually become evident between two and twenty days after exposure to the virus. With a simple physical examination, the doctor would be able to determine if it is actually Genital Herpes. In some other cases, the doctor would take a swab from the sores to confirm the presence of viruses.
GENITAL HERPES DIAGNOSISAfter proper diagnosis is handled, the doctor will order the start of a medical treatment immediately. Topical medications are not usually prescribed during the initial outbreaks. Strong antiviral medicines like Acyclovir, Valacyclovir, and Famciclovir are often used instead. Such medications are prescribed for use between seven and ten days in dosages that apply to the current condition of the patient as well as his medical history. If the sores remain after the maximum ten-day medication, the doctor may advice the patient to extend the treatment.
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GENITAL HERPES TREATMENTThe antiviral medications are also helpful both in alleviating later outbreaks and controlling their occurrence. Continued use of Acyclovir, Valacyclovir, and Famciclovir are found useful in preventing any more outbreaks or at least control their frequency.
Patients with Genital Herpes may also do self-care treatments. These include avoiding excessive exposure to heat or sunlight, use of antibacterial soaps, and use of tight clothing. For pain relief, patients afflicted with the disease can use over-the-counter drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen. Whenever available, talk to your doctor first about the use of such medicines as well to ensure that they will not do any harm to your overall health condition.
Be aware that Genital Herpes increases your risk for HIV and AIDS. HIV virus can easily enter the body through the open sores. Remember to make protected sexual intercourse a habit. If you failed to do it and got the disease due to carelessness, do not make the same mistake over and expose yourself to greater risks.
Genital Herpes is a life-changing condition. The fact that you have an infected disease can really spell a difference on how you go through every day. However, denying about having Genital Herpes would not help a bit. Honesty is important to avoid inflicting other people and make them go through what you are going through. It is not just fair.
GENITAL HERPES PREVENTIONThe only surefire preventive measure to avoid Genital Herpes is abstinence. Other than that, you can use condoms as protection. Although helpful, condoms cannot be 100% effective as well. If your partner is currently having an outbreak, avoid having sexual contact despite use of condoms.
If you are generally healthy, Genital Herpes must not provide any other serious health threat that concerns your vital organs. As it was mentioned earlier, however, Genital Herpes patients are more vulnerable to HIV, AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases.
GENITAL HERPES COMPLICATIONSAnother complication that may arise from Genital Herpes concerns pregnancy. Women with open sores may transmit the virus to her newborn as it passes through the birth canal. This is quite serious because Genital Herpes infection in newborns does not only cause birth defects but also brain damage, blindness, and worse, death.
To avoid such problems, it is very important that you take extreme care. Your body must be treated properly. All precautionary measures that you can take to avoid going through the inconvenience of Genital Herpes must be taken into account and must be followed strictly. Sticking through a single, Genital Herpes-free partner is ideal and beneficial both physically and morally. Always keep yourself clean. Lastly, once you notice something that is not right, even if you feel that it can be morally damaging to you when shared with others, do not hesitate to consult a third party -- ideally, a doctor.