Genital herpes is one of the most common and contagious sexually transmitted diseases in the world. Most cases of genital herpes infections are caused by herpes simplex virus. The infected people usually develop skin sores around their sexual organs and may also feel symptoms such as tenderness, fatigue and aching near their groins. The herpes simplex virus can live permanently in one’s immune system causing blisters intermittently. The blisters eventually burst into painful open sores that take about 1 to 2 weeks to heal.
Though the virus is mainly transmitted by having unprotected sex (all forms) with a partner who has an active outbreak, any form of skin-to-skin contact can spread it too. This includes having contact with the sores in someone's mouth or buttocks.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for genital herpes at the moment. However, there are several natural treatment options that can help infected persons control their symptoms and significantly reduce pain from the breakouts.
The virus causing genital herpes is transmitted mostly during an active outbreak when symptoms are present. But sometimes a carrier without any visible symptoms (no sores, swellings etc.) can transmit the disease. It is very important that you avoid any form of sexual contact if you are infected and have active outbreaks. If you have sex, use condoms consistently to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.
Have you ever wondered why some people with genital herpes do not show any symptoms at all while others do? It all comes down to how strong one's immune system is. A strong immune system is able to fight off the virus and its negative effects more easily and rapidly than a weak one. Therefore strengthening your immune system can go a long way in keeping your outbreaks under control. Some of the things you can do include:
- Sleeping well and enough.
- Managing stress.
- Eating healthy meals rich in vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and minerals. If possible, avoid processed foods and sugary foods.
- Relaxing often.
- Avoiding excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
- Exercising regularly.
You can use the following tips to reduce the pain from the open sores and help them heal faster:
- If you have an active outbreak, avoid touching the open sores; if you do by mistake, make sure you wash your hands every time.
- Wear clothes that are loose and comfortable to air the sores and speed up their healing.
- To avoid transmitting the virus from one body part to the other, make sure to use a separate towel for the body part where you have the sores.
- Use mild, natural soap on your sores to avoid irritation.