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Genital Herpes

 

Is a very highly contagious, sexually transmitted disease caused by a viral infection

What to look for

Watery blisters in the genital area.
A burning sensation while urinating or having intercourse,
Painful or frequent urination
Tingling, itching, numbness or burning in the genitals.
It is a very familiar and highly contagious sexually transmitted disease. At the moment it is incurable but it is not fatal.
Herpes normally spreads only if the infected person is experiencing an outbreak of blisters. But people who have no symptoms can sometimes spread it . It can also be spread through oral sex if one partner has a cold sore on their mouth. (cold sores are caused by the herpes virus)
It can last from five days to three weeks, normally the first outbreak is the most extensive and painful. There are some people who never have another attack, and others do have more throughout their lives.

Causes

 

This disease is caused by a virus that invades the body upon sexual contact with another herpes carrier. When the symptoms disappear the virus travels to the deep nerve centres at the bottom of the spinal cord near the buttocks. The virus is then triggered, it moves out along the nerves and this results in a new outbreak.
People who are very sick or stressed out have the most attacks and there are so many types of causes or stress that may reactivate the virus, this includes sexual intercourse, sunburn, allergic reactions to food or menstruation and medications.

Personal Care

 

You should apply diluted lemon juice, vitamin E, or tea tree oil to dry up sores.
You should use zinc sulphate ointment to help heal your sores.
You can also try adding 3 tbsp of salt to a warm bath, then follow with a cold bath.

Dietary considerations

 

Amino acid lysine prevents the herpes virus from living. You should avoid argentine-rich foods such as chocolate, peanuts and cashews. Lysine helps prevent outbreaks, so eat foods that is rich in lysine like fish, cheese, beef, milk and lamb or you can take the capsules daily. In addition vitamin E may decrease pain and speed the healing of lesions.

Prevention

 

Don’t have intercourse if your infected partner is having a herpes outbreak, even if you are using a condom. You should always use a condom if the person has a disease, the symptoms may still be present.
Do not practice oral sex if one of you has a cold sore.

When To Seek Further Professional Advice…

 

If you have any of the symptoms that is listed above

Alternative/Natural Treatments

 

Alternative treatment is a good idea to investigate because they are often successful in relieving the symptoms and preventing future outbreaks.

Chinese Herbs: this may include herbs such as Dong Quai and Gentian a (Gentiana Scabra) a doctor of Chinese medicine will prescribe a formula that is tailored to your need.

Herbal Therapies : Garlic (allium sativum) and Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) Is thought to strengthen the body’s defences against viral infection. Some researchers also suggests that liquorice (Glycyrrhizin glabra), eliminates the herpes virus. You should drink herbal teas or take capsules as directed.

Homoeopathy : will prescribe a specific combination of remedies that may be beneficial for you. This may include Natrum mariaticum, he par sulphuric, Rhus toxicodendron, Thuja occidentals and Sepia. By also reducing stress you can prevent outbreaks.

Traditional Treatment

There are ways to relieve the discomfort and boost your recovery but there is no cure for herpes.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-21