A Genital Herpes Breakout
Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. It is caused by the
herpes simplex virus (HSV). Most of the time genital herpes are caused by the bacteria by herpes simplex virus type
2 or the HSV-2. The HSV 1 or the Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 is the cause of sores, blisters or lesions around the
mouth and it can also cause genital herpes. There are some people who don’t know they have this kind of STD since
most don’t have or experience any symptoms at all.
What happens if there is a breakout of Herpes?
Genital herpes is contagious disease that can be transferred by having sexual intercourse with a person who has the
infection. This can also happen even if the infected person has no signs and symptoms of the infection. Once the
herpes virus enters the skin, it then goes to the nerve paths; it may become inactive for a while and remain there
forever. It will become active again from time to time; the virus travels again to the nerve path and then to the
surface of the skin then causes the outbreak. The symptoms for genital herpes will occur such as sores and lesions
that often resemble small pimples or blisters that eventually crust over and finally scab like a small cut. It
would take 2 to 4 weeks for the blisters to heal. You will experience flu like symptoms that includes fever and
swollen lymph nodes. Headache and painful during urination may also be experienced. Cold sores may also be found on
the genital area, anus, thigh and buttocks. Sometimes herpes would also be mistaken for insect bites, abrasion,
yeast infection, bacterial or bladder infections. The only way to find out if the infection is really herpes is to
go to a health care professional so that you can be diagnosed properly. It is diagnosed through physical exam or
blood test to confirm.
Can genital herpes be treated?
Herpes is considered as an incurable type of disease. The symptoms for this can be treated to lessen and be
prevented from any recurrence. These treatments can reduce the risk of infecting other people. Your doctor may
prescribe you anti-viral medications to reduce the pain and discomfort that cause this virus. Medications can be
taken on a daily basis to suppress the virus and reduce the outbreaks and risk of infection to others. There are
also home remedies for treatment. You can take over-the medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Wash the sore
area with warm salt-water solution daily. Wear loose fitting clothing to let air circulate around the sore.
Put an icepack on the affected area and wrap it with a piece of cloth.
How can herpes outbreaks be managed?
The frequency of genital herpes outbreaks can be managed though stress management. As much as possible avoid being
stressed may it be mentally or emotionally. Avoid kissing your partner if you noticed that he or she has cold sore.
Avoid oral sex when either of you has a cold sore. Refrain from having sex during breakouts. Practice proper
hygiene like washing your hands every now and then. Have an adequate sleep or rest. Have a healthy and balanced
diet for strong immune system to fight against the bacteria. Exercise your body for proper blood circulation. For
people with frequent herpes outbreaks, daily therapy is best with any one of the antiviral treatments can reduce
outbreaks by as much as 80%.
Dealing with Herpes
Accept the fact that you already have herpes all throughout your life. Dealing with it is a struggle. The best
ways to deal with herpes is Taking care of yourself and talk to your partner on this issue. Being sexually active
is such a normal thing. If you already have the strain of this virus then you should find some ways on how to deal
with it. The two strains used to be referred to as oral and genital herpes because HSV-1 usually occurs in or
around the mouth while HSV-2 usually occurs in the genital area. However, HSV-1 cold sores or blisters can be
spread to the genitals and the reputation of oral sex means that 50% of cases of genital herpes are now caused by
the HSV-1 strain. Most infections are acquired from a person with no known history of the disease since they don’t
realize that they have it. Symptoms generally manifest between two and seven days after having been infected, but
in some cases the virus can lie stagnant for years. For couples in long-term monogamous relationships, an
unexpected herpes diagnosis unavoidably raises questions about faithfulness and if the couple has been having
unprotected sex, both partners will probably be infected.
The fundamental flaw in this squabble is that if the relationship subsequently breaks down, both partners must
deal with the humiliation of having to disclose their herpes status to future partners. What you say and how you
say it will depend on your own personal style. An upfront and positive conversation about herpes issues is the best
tactic and may be helped by forward planning. No matter where the conversation will lead to, it’s significant to
allow for the fact that one or both of you might get emotional and sensitive. Most people find that their partners
are both supportive and understanding. You may initially feel that a person may base their judgement of you on the
fact you have genital herpes. However, for most this is a minor skin infection. Some and others may fear the
possibility of being rejected but in reality this rarely happens. By being honest and telling your partner you have
herpes you are allowing them to enter into the relationship with full knowledge of your infection and that you
reduce the likelihood of them becoming infected with herpes.
Here are some tips on that may help you:
1. Avoid sexual contact when either you or your partner has herpes
2. Avoid touching the sores
3. Practice washing your hands though out the day
4. Avoid being stressed. Stress is a factor that causes any viral infection and herpes is one of it.
5. Wear cotton underwear and loose fitting clothes
6. Take Lysine rich supplements to reduce the healing time of the sore
7. Exercise your body to have a strong and healthy mind and heart
8. Eat the right foods and a balanced diet for strong immunity against any diseases
9. To ease pain and discomfort wash the genital area with warm salt water and apply ice packs on the area
where the sores are present
10. Keep the sore or blisters dry