Genital herpes is one of the sexually transmitted disease that can affect men as well as women. This disease is caused by a virus that is sexually transmitted. This infection is recurrent and there is no cure for it.
Causes of genital herpes
There are two types of herpes simplex viruses that can cause genital herpes. Herpes simplex virus type 1 can cause genital herpes, although it usually causes cold or mouth sores and fever blisters. However, the infection from the mouth can be spread to the genital area. On the other side, herpes simplex virus type 2 is, in the majority of cases, responsible for the occurrence of genital herpes. This herpes is easily passed from person to person through the sexual contact even when there are no open sores. This virus dies very fast outside the body. Therefore, it is practically impossible to get infected by using, for example, utensils, towel, or other similar objects that were previously used by an infected person.
Symptoms of genital herpes
Sometimes genital herpes does not show any sign. However, when they appear, the most common are small red bumps, sores or blisters in the genital or anal area. Furthermore, the people who suffer from genital herpes may also experience itching or pain around the genital area, buttocks and inner thighs. In women, sores or blisters can appear in the vaginal area, external genitals, buttocks, anus or cervix. In males sores can appear on the penis, scrotum, anus, buttocks and thighs or inside the urethra. In addition to these symptoms, the people with this sexually transmitted disease may also experience headache, muscle aches and fever, as well as swollen lymph nodes in the groin.
Treatment of genital herpes
Although genital herpes is a recurring condition and is not curable, it should be treated. The doctors usually prescribe antiviral medications like acyclovir, famciclovir and Valacyclovir. Acyclovir and valacyclovir are usually used for pregnant women. The people who have weak immune system should take antiviral medications daily in order to prevent the recurring of the herpes. However, these people may develop resistance to some antiviral medicines. When it occurs, other antiviral medicines are usually given to them intravenously.
There are some experts who claim that the antiviral medicines are not effective and that they are actually useless. These same experts claim that genital herpes can be successfully treated by a diet and by certain herbal remedies. A proper diet and herbal cures can eliminate the virus and make the immune system stronger.