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Genital Herpes Treatment

What is Genital Herpes?

Genital herpes is a highly contagious and common infection that can be spread through sexual intercourse. The herpes simplex virus-2 or herpes simplex virus-1 can cause this infection. Herpes simplex virus-1 is responsible for cold sores. The treatment for this condition can include medications for the lesions to heal faster and also help prevent future outbreaks. When someone is showing signs of genital herpes, questions and concerns can arise regarding the causes and possible treatments. Read below to find many frequently asked questions.

Would genital herpes be a lifelong condition?

Once someone becomes infected with genital herpes, this can become a lifelong problem which can cause recurrent attacks. Possible triggers of recurrent episodes can include emotional stress, fatigue, excessive exposure to the sun or wind, skin friction, physical trauma, and menstruation. Wearing loose clothing, avoiding excessive heat or sunlight, keeping the area clean and dry can help prevent outbreaks. Placing a cool or lukewarm cloth on the area may help reduce irritation. Also, individuals can avoid using perfume soaps, sprays, feminine deodorants and douches. To help prevent spreading these lesions, individuals will need to avoid touching them.

What are genital herpes treatments?

The medicinal genital herpes treatments can include Acyclovir, Valacyclovir and Famiciclovir. The medications are most effective if started within 24 hours of an outbreak. The outbreaks tend to be milder as they recur and tend to clear up within 7-10 days. There may be times when the outbreaks clear with no treatment. Using an antibacterial cream on the lesions and avoiding sexual intercourse until the lesions clear may be beneficial. The frequency of the recurrences may lessen as time passes. However outbreaks can occur many years later because this is a lifelong condition. There are no treatments that can eradicate the virus from the body. A medical practitioner may recommend that an individual administers Acyclovir twice a day for one year. This treatment regimen can help improve quality of life and also help prevent transmission to partners.

Would there be any complications if both sexual partners are infected with genital herpes?

The virus cannot be transmitted if both partners are infected. Once an individual is infected with the virus, they are infected for life. The virus can go into a latent phase in the nerve roots between outbreaks. However, someone may not be clear of the infection and there could be intermittent outbreaks. Some individuals may experience rare outbreaks and some individuals may experience frequent outbreaks. However, exposure to an infected partner may not affect the frequency of future outbreaks. During an outbreak, sexual intercourse can be painful.

What are genital herpes symptoms?

Genital herpes could have several different possible presentations. Several individuals may experience no symptoms at all. In cases when there are no symptoms are present a blood test can be performed to help with a diagnosis. About half of the individuals do not remember experiencing symptoms when a blood test is positive for this virus. The most common beginning symptoms can be lesions. When an initial infection appears, several sores can be present. However, recurrent episodes may only have one lesion. Genital herpes symptoms may be include pain, burning and itching before any lesions are present. The symptoms can also occur after the lesions have healed. Systemic symptoms such as a fever, headache, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes can also occur during the first initial outbreak. An individual can also experience pain or difficulty urinating and pain during intercourse.

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection that is considered contagious. This condition can affect someone for their entire life. This virus can go into a latent phase on the nerve roots. However, a medical practitioner may prescribe medications that can help prevent recurrent outbreaks. When someone begins showing symptoms of genital herpes many questions can occur. For more information, turn to the Experts for reliable answers.
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