Herpes progenitalis, or genital herpes, is caused by the herpes simplex type 2 virus, which is related to the virus that causes sores in or near mouth. Researchers are finding that differences between these two types of herpes virus have narrowed in recent years.
Some believe that this and the growing incidence of genital herpes may be due to an increase in oral sex, which can transmit herpes viruses of both types from mouth to genitals and back again.
Herpes first appear 2 to 20 days exposure include the following:
Tiny clusters of painful, fluid filled blisters on the labia, around vagina, or in the vagina in women, and on man’s penis and possibly, around the anus of both sexes. Swollen lymph glands, aching muscles, and fever. While symptoms usually diminish within a few weeks, the herpes virus lies dormant in the patients body.
Sometimes there is never another active episode of herpes. Some people who are infected with genital herpes virus never have any symptoms, but are still capable of transmit tin to others.
Genital Herpes Treatments
At this time, for genital herpes, just as with HIV infection, there is no cure. However, the antiviral medication acyclovir, taken in pill form, can alleviate symptoms and shorten or prevent recurrences. New research shows that daily use of this drug for three years is safe and effective.
There is also over the counter ointment called ImmuVIr that can relieve painful symptoms of herpes in an hour or less. This antiviral drug, shortened the duration of the average herpes auto break by about two to three days and researchers speculate that it may reduce the chances of infecting another person. This drug is available at pharmacies without prescription.
Avoid the nonprescription natural cures available in many health food stores. This has a number of unpleasant side effects severe stomach cramps, vomiting, dizziness, and even loss of consciousness when taken on an empty stomach. There is also no reliable evidence that BHT prevents genital herpes outbreaks. During an outbreak of herpes, aspirin if you are able to tolerate it can relieve pain and fever. Cool baths can also provide some relief.
To help recurrences, avoid hot baths and tight clothing. Also, decrease the chocolate, nuts, and seeds in your diet. These contain phenylalaine, which apparently allows viruses to enter body cells more readily. Learning to controll stress, following a healthy diet, and getting enough rest and relaxation can also help to alleviate recurrences and can make you feel better in general.