What are genital herpes?
Genital herpes outbreaks are contagious viral infection that affects primarily the genitals of men and women.
It is characterized by recurrent clusters of lesions in the genital areas. Genital herpes outbreaks are caused by the Herpes Simplex-2 virus (HSV-2).
While it’s not generally know to be dangerous, it is a nuisance and can be emotionally traumatic. The virus is always with you and usually “sleeping” in the nerves and is not contagious during this time.
Approximately 500,000 people in America are diagnosed with herpes outbreaks each year. Many people don’t even know they are infected with the virus, since they have either very mild or no symptoms at all.
Over 50 million cases are currently estimated to exist in either the active or dormant stage. Genital herpes outbreaks are usually transmitted by sexual intercourse. The virus occurs through contact with infected secretions or mucosal surfaces. Below are the facts about genital herpes outbreaks:
- Transmission is caused by oral, anal, or genital contact including – intercourse, kissing, or any direct skin-to-skin contact which allows for the transfer of bodily fluids.
- A person is considered contagious when these symptoms are present – active sores, and healing lesions.
- Herpes is still contagious when no symptoms are present. A person who has genital herpes is potentially always shedding the active virus.
- Some people do not get typical blister-like sores but they harbor active virus in their saliva, vaginal, or penile secretions, and can shed the virus without knowing they have herpes.
- Lesions can occur deep inside the vagina where they cannot be seen or felt, but can transmit the virus.
- Oral herpes outbreaks can be transmitted to the genitals, and vice versa. Symptoms are similar.
- Auto-inoculation – An infected individual can spread the virus to other parts of their body by touching an area which is shedding virus and then touching, scratching, or rubbing another susceptible part of the body.
- Towels are especially conducive for herpes transmission.
Symptoms of genital herpes:
Have you experienced any of these symptoms? Do the symptoms go away after a week or more, and then return just when you thought you had gotten rid of them once and for all? If you have any of the following symptoms you may have Genital herpes outbreak symptoms (HSV-2):
- Tingling in or around the genital area
- Flu-like symptoms such as headache, fever, and swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the groin
When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. These blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that can take between two to four weeks to heal the first time they occur. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years.
Genital herpes outbreaks can sometimes be triggered by the following:
- Being run-down
- Suffering from other genital infections (affecting the local skin area)
- Menstruation Cycle
- Drinking a lot of alcohol
- Stress and anxiety
- Ultraviolet light
- Friction or damage to the skin, caused by, for example, sexual intercourse which may also lead to a recurrence
- Diet and certain foods
- Temperature extremes
It is believed that oral and genital outbreaks cannot be cured and once you have this condition you will have it for life as the symptoms will keep recurring. Whilst we agree that current understanding states that oral and genital outbreaks cannot be cured, we believe that we have a formula that drastically reduces the number of outbreaks as well as lengthens the time between outbreaks. How have we managed to do this?
Homeopathy – a form of medicine that helps to treat the body as a whole and helps it to heal itself. We have created a homeopathic remedy that will address oral and genital outbreaks and will ensure that symptoms don’t recur as often or as intense.