Genital herpes is caused by a certain strain of herpes simplex virus or HSV. It is a sexually transmitted disease that presents itself as an infection in the genitals. Once infected with genital herpes, the virus will remain dormant in the body. This virus can be triggered by illness, stress and lack of sleep which will create an onset of symptoms (an outbreak). These outbreaks will occur at different frequencies. Some individuals will have outbreaks each month while others may only have several per year.
After genital herpes is contracted, a person will carry this virus in their bodies for the rest of their life. There is no cure for genital herpes. There are, however, effective treatments for genital herpes used for suppressing the virus and preventing future outbreaks.
Options for Treating Genital Herpes
As with all types of treatment regimes, there are various options to choose from. If one treatment fails, another option can be chosen. Treatment will vary depending on the individual and how their body responds to the actual treatment itself.
Here, is a brief look at several of the treatments used for genital herpes:
- Anti-viral Medications can be prescribed by the physician treating an individual with genital herpes. This type of medication will suppress the virus and help to minimize outbreaks from occurring. Anti-viral medications will increase the quality of life for a person with genital herpes. Many individuals find anti-viral drugs to be too strong for their bodies, and they suffer from adverse side effects. Others have no problems with the medications.
- Homeopathic and Home Care Remedies are quickly becoming popular in the treatment of genital herpes. These allow a person to care for themselves without ever leaving their home. Outbreaks are usually painful to most sufferers, so over-the-counter pain medicines should be kept in the home for these outbreaks. Keeping the sores dry will increase the healing process. Many find wearing cotton underwear also helps the infected areas by allowing for better air circulation.
- Herbal Remedies are another option for treating genital herpes. As with other over the counter medicines, you should always check with your physician before beginning any herbal remedy. Herbs have natural healing qualities that can bring needed comfort to a person suffering a genital herpes outbreak. Many herbal remedies are less expensive than other synthetic medications.
- Intermittent and Suppression Treatments can be prescribed after completing the initial course of treatment. These medications can also assist in outbreak suppression thereby, decreasing frequency and severity.
There are many other types of treatments for genital herpes and more being developed each day. Nearly all of the treatments are proven effective and safe when administered under proper medical attention. Effectiveness of any treatment will depend significantly upon the severity of a person’s condition.
Prevention is the best solution in fighting genital herpes. Unprotected sex increases an individual’s chance of contracting this virus. Anyone with genital herpes should seek the advice and treatment of a qualified health professional.