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HERPES


What is Herpes?
Herpes is a disease that is transmitted sexually when a person has sex with someone who has already got the disease. Herpes can be transmitted through sexual contact when the virus is active. Genital herpes is caused by what is called the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). As herpes can spread through direct contact only, a genital herpes infection will remain confined to the affected area unless transferred elsewhere through direct contact or skin-to-skin transference. Genital herpes won't just show up on its own somewhere else on the body

Symptoms of Herpes:
Herpes symptoms, different for different sufferers, may appear two to 20 days after the infection. They may last for a number of weeks. The first episode of herpes is much worse than outbreaks that follow later. The main symptoms of this disease include the appearance of itching, painful and fluid-filled blisters on and around the external sexual organs. In the case of oral herpes, they may appear on or close to the lip. Women may experience a vaginal discharge. Flu-like symptoms like fever, headache, and muscle pain may also be found. One may feel pain while urinating and have swollen and tender lymph glands in the groin. Although the blisters will go away without treatment within a week or so, the virus will lie dormant among clusters of nerve cells till there is another outbreak.

Causes of herpes:
Herpes mainly spreads through sexual intercourse or direct skin-to-skin contact with a herpes-infected person, having blisters or cold sores. The presence of the sores indicates that HSV is active. Sometimes one can have a herpes outbreak without any visible sores whatsoever. A person having genital herpes also can infect a person during oral sex. HSV generally does not spread by touching objects like a hot tub or a toilet seat. Herpes does not spread through the air. If a person has a cold sore and he/she kisses someone, the virus will be transferred to the other person’s mouth. Genital herpes with cold sores can be transferred through anal or vaginal intercourse. The virus cannot live long outside the skin. Recurrence of herpes may occur due to abrasion in the genital area during intercourse or other factors such as stress, heavy drinking, and the exposure of the genital area to strong sunlight.

 

Treatment of Herpes:
At present, herpes cannot be cured because drugs for destroying the virus while it lies dormant in the nerve cells will also harm the nerve cells. However, in the case of acute outbreak of herpes, treatment involves the use of some anti-viral medications such as Acyclovir, Valaclovir or Famcyclovir.

Natural Home Remedies:
Topical antibiotic ointments are useful for preventing secondary bacterial infections. For feeling comfortable after being infected by genital herpes, the person may wear loose clothing, stay away from excessive heat or sunlight, clean and dry the sore area, place cool or lukewarm cloths on the sore area for some time. Don’t us perfumed soaps, sprays, or feminine deodorants and avoid touching the sores. Use bitter melon extracts to cure herpes sooner. Hypericum or calendula ointment can be applied.

Kailash hospital research center in Noida is best center for treating herpes.
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