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Genital Herpes in Women

Genital herpes is caused by either the type 1 or type 2 sexually transmitted herpes simplex (HSV) viruses. A person that is already infected with the disease can pass the virus to others through sexual contact. Areas covered in mucus such as the vagina, genital skin, and the mouth lining are the main sources of transmission. Women are more inclined to contract the disease than men, and there are three main reasons why this is the case. One reason is that when compared to a man, the genital area of a woman is larger. Second, a woman’s genitalia contains cells that are moistened by body fluids. Third, during menstruation, women undergo certain hormonal changes that can cause the immune system to weaken. This causes her body to become more susceptible to viral infections.

Herpes genitalis

Herpes genitalis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Symptoms of Genital Herpes Virus in Women:

  • Difficulty urinating, unusual discharge from the vagina
  • Pain in the genital area, buttocks, and legs
  • Headache, muscle pain, joint pain, and fever
  • Excessive abdominal area pressure
  • Burning and itching in the genital region
  • Glands swelling around the groin region

All of these are followed by an explosion of herpes lesions. The lesions appear as little red bumps that later turn into painful blisters. The exact size of these blisters can range from very small pimple-like spots to coin sized areas. The lesions form, then encrust, and finally heal without leaving behind any evidence of a scar.

The symptoms of genital herpes in women usually appear between 2 – 10 days after contracting the virus, and they might last for 2 – 3 weeks. After invading the mucous membrane and skin, the herpes virus moves to the sensory nerves located near the bottom of the spinal cord, where it remains inactive. The exact reason explaining its dormancy remains unclear; however, it’s thought that the herpes virus waits for more favorable conditions such as a weakened immune system of the body. Under these conditions, the virus activates, then duplicates in the ganglia and moves along existing nerves heading towards the skin. Once the virus is at the skin, it multiplies, causing lesions to appear. The site is generally near or at the original virus lesion. This is the main reason that patients experience repetitive episodes of the herpes virus infection.

Natural Treatments for the Herpes Virus:

Wash the genital region with salt water at regular intervals. The water and salt mixture should be combined at a ratio of 1 teaspoon to salt t o 500 ml. of water.

  • Add more vitamin C to your diet. This boosts immunity, which will strengthen the body to help fight against the herpes virus.
  • Wearing cotton undergarment is advised. The cotton will ease any discomfort and help cure the herpes infection.
  • Applying ice to the region and upon the genital sores. It will relieve the burning and itching sensation.
  • You may use over the counter medicine such as paracetamol and aspirin to reduce the pain.
  • To ease discomfort during urination, dilute the urine by drinking plenty of water.

The discomfort caused from the genital herpes virus can be managed using the above home remedies; however, a medical diagnosis will be necessary in order to receive proper treatment and obtaining permanent relief from the infection. An accurate diagnosis can be more easily attained during an active herpes virus infection, and preferably during the time that the first symptoms occur. The diagnosis involves a physical exam, a medical history search, and a swab test of the person infected. Sometimes there are no physical signs, symptoms, or discomfort experienced by the infected person. In these situations, a blood test will be necessary. The antibodies against the herpes virus will give an indication to the presence of genital herpes.

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Posted in Herpes Information at August 21st, 2013. Comments Off.