Genital Herpes – Cause, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

The genital herpes is an infection by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) .

Genital Herpes is a Sexual Transmitted Disease ( STD ),  caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) of the genitals. This virus enters to your skin or mucous membranes through microscopic breaks in your skin and mucous membranes. According to a survey, 16% people, whose age is between 14 to 49, are affected with this disease.

The virus of this disease transmit from one person to another through sexual contact with the genital area.

Efforts to prevent infection include not having sex, using condoms, and only having sex with someone who is not infected.


Types of genital herps :

There are two types of this disease :

  1. HSV-1 – which usually causes cold sores or fever blisters
  2. HSV-2 – which usually causes of this disease

Causes :

The main cause of this disease is Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). HSV are found on the skin of an infected person, it can easily be passed on to someone else through the moist skin that lines the mouth, anus, and genitals. This infection can occurs when :

  • Having unprotected vaginal or anal sex
  • Having oral sex with a person who gets cold sores
  • Sharing sex toys
  • Having genital contact with an infected person
  • Using the towel that has been touched by an infected person

Symptoms :  

The symptoms, which occurs in only females :
Blasting around or near –
  • your vagina
  • anus
  • buttocks.
The symptoms, which occurs in only male :
blisters on your –
  • penis
  • scrotum
  • buttocks
The symptoms, which occurs in both gender :
  • Infected site often starts to itch, or tingle, before the actual appearance of blisters.
  • Blisters appears in mouth and on lips, face, and anywhere else that came into contact with infected area.
  • Blisters may be ulcerated (open sores) and ooze fluid.
  • Crust may appear over the sores within a week of the outbreak.
  • Lymph glands ( it fight infection and inflammation in your body ) may become swollen.
  • You may have headaches, fever and body aches.

Home Remedies :  

Several home remedies can helps to reduce your diseases, including :

Sage :

Sage is a herbal plant. It is one of the best remedies of it. It also helps to clean the immune system instantly.

  • Take 50 mg of sage leaves.
  • Crush them.
  • Take a pan.
  • Add 250 ml. of water in it.
  • Drop the leaves in it.
  • Boil it for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Strain the water through a strainer.
  • Drink it.

Garlic :

Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Some people eat raw garlic and some drink its juice to keep the doctor away.

  • Take two raw cloves of garlic.
  • Remove its skin.
  • Grind it.
  • Filter it.
  • Drink the juice.

Licorice Root :

Licorice root strengthens the immune system and fights off the herpes virus.

  • Take a bowl.
  • Add one-half tablespoon of water in it.
  • Also add one tablespoon of licorice root powder.
  • Mix it well.
  • Dab it on the affected area.
  • Leave it on for a few hours.
  • Do this process three to four times a day or until the blister is gone.

Drink Lemon-water :

Lemon is full of Vitamin C and Vitamin B. It contains citric acid, so acetic in nature. It is one of the best natural source of energy

  1. Take a glass of water.
  2. Add the juice of half lemon in it.
  3. Add a little honey and salt.
  4. Stir it well.
  5. Drink it at regular intervals until you recover completely.

Apply tea tree oil :

Tea tree oil, also known as ti tree oil or melaleuca, has the ability to kill parasites and fungal infections. It is one of the best remedy for it.

  • Take a bowl.
  • Add 4 to 5 drops of tea tree oil in it.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Mix it well.
  • Apply this oil blend to the affected area by using a cotton ball.
  • Allow it to dry on its own.
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat this remedy twice daily for a few weeks.

Apply Aloe-Vera :

Aloe Vera Treatment acts as a home remedy for several health and beauty issues. It is also evident that Aloe Vera gel is able to kill bacteria as well as speed wound healing. Aloe vera protect you from anti- inflammatory, antiviral and anti-oxidant properties which helps to fight with genital infection, AIDScancer e.t.c.

  • Take an aloe vera leaf.
  • Extract the gel from it.
  • Apply it on the affected area.
  • Allow it to dry on its own.
  • Wipe it off with a washcloth soaked in warm water.
  • Do this process several times daily for three to four days.

Drink Milk and Turmeric :-

Milk is good source of calcium, protein, iodine, potassium, phosphorus and vitamins B2 and B12. It helps to improve your immunity system.

Turmeric is an ayurvedic herb. Raw turmeric is basically popular for making food in the world. It is also used to make Indian golden milk (haldi ka dudh ), which is specially used to get rid of STD, allergy, common cold and fever.

  • Take a glass of hot milk.
  • Add some pinch of turmeric powder in it.
  • You may add sugar in it.
  • Mix it well.
  • Drink it.

Take Amla juice :

Amla is a rich anti-oxidant and full of Vitamin-C.  It eliminate toxins from your body and helps to reduce dry hair . It also increase your immune system. Amla also helps to purify your blood and maintain your body temperature  It also acts as anti allergy.

  • Take 2 fresh Amla.
  • Remove its seed.
  • Grind it with grinder and filter it.
  • Take a glass.
  • Add the Amla Juice in this glass.
  • Add half cup of water in it.

Drink the obtained Amla Juice daily before breakfast.

Diagnosis & Treatments :  

There is no any cure for this disease, but there are medications to make living with this disease more manageable.

General advice :
  1. When bathing or showering in warm water then use mild cleansers.
  2. Keep your infected site clean and dry.
  3. Wear loose cotton cloth.
Medical advice :
  1. Doctors may prescribe an antiviral that helps to speed up the healing time of your sores and reduce your pain.
  2. Valacyclovir is a prodrug that is converted to acyclovir once in the body. It helps to relieves in pain and discomfort and speeds healing of sores.

Prevention : 

There are no vaccine that prevent or completely cure you from HIV/AIDS. But it is possible to protect yourself and others from infection. Always do a safe sex.  Safe Sex is a sexual activity that do not allow your body fluids and your partner’s body fluids ( semen, vaginal fluids and blood ) to come into contact with each other. In other words you may say that safe sex means taking precaution during sex to protect yourself and your partner against STIs ( Sexually Transmitted Infections ) and STDs ( Sexually Transmitted Disease ). If you will not talk it serious and will do an unsafe sex, it may lead many diseases like AIDS, Chlamydia, Syphilis e.t.c.

  • Use a new condom when having sex : If you do not know the HIV status of your partner than use a new condom every time when having anal or vaginal sex. Women can use a female condom.
  • Tell to your partner if you are HIV +ve : If you are HIV positive ( +ve ), than must tell to your partner, so that he/she needs to be tested and to receive medical care if they have the virus.
  • Get a special medical care, if you are pregnant : If you have AIDS, than get a special medical care, so that the infection of HIV/AIDS can’t pass through your fetus during childbirth, pregnancy, and also through breastfeeding.
  • Use new needle : Always use a new or shield needle.
  • Sex with one person : Don’t sex with more than one person. It improve the risk of HIV/AIDS. Try to sex with only one person as much as possible.
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