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GENITAL HERPES

GENITAL HERPES

What is Genital Herpes?

Genital herpes is caused by a virus called herpes simplex virus (HSV-2). It is a common sexually transmitted infection which can affect both men and women.

There is severe pain, itching, and sores in the genital area in most of the cases while in others there might be no signs and symptoms but they remain affected by the virus and are contagious to others.

Genital herpes, as the name suggests, spreads mainly due to sexual intercourse with an affected individual. Once affected, the virus lies hidden in the nerve pathway and gets reactivated many a time later when the conditions favor.

Symptoms of Genital Herpes

Most of the times, in cases of genital herpes the person is not aware that he/she has the disease as they have no visible signs and symptoms or have very mild symptoms.

The symptoms that may be experienced by an infected person are:

  • Pain or itching in the genital region 2-10 days after a sexual intercourse with an infected partner.
  • Tiny, red, bumps or blisters in the affected area which forms after some days of exposure.
  • Ulcers or erosions that form when the blisters burst open and start oozing.
  • Scabs that are formed when the ulcers start healing.
  • Painful or burning urination due to ulcers
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the groins.
  • Fever with weakness
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • During recurrent attacks, there is a pain, tingling or burning in the same region where the person had got the lessons last time followed by blister formation and ulceration.
  • Also, there can be lower backache, pain in the legs and buttocks.

 

Causes of Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is mostly caused by HSV-2 virus; however, it can also be caused by HSV-1 virus if the disease comes up due to oral sex.

The recurrence is less if the cause of the disease is HSV-1.

The virus spreads through direct skin-to-skin contact or sexual intercourse with an infected person.

The virus immediately dies outside the body of a human. So it is impossible to get the disease by using same toilets or towels used by an infected person.

 

Diagnosis of Genital Herpes

The diagnosis can be made by proper physical examination of the patient and few lab tests. They are:

  • Viral culture: this test is done by taking a scraping of the genital lesion and observing in a laboratory under a microscope to see for the virus.
  • Blood tests: this is done to reveal anti-HSV antibodies if present, to check if the person has had a previous episode.

 

Homoeopathic Management of Genital Herpes

Homoeopathic medicines can treat Herpes in both male and Female. The medicines are safe without any side effect and help to eradicate the disease completely.  The Intensity and frequency of eruption decrease slowly.

Natrum Mur

  • Eruption on glans, scrotum, and penis in males
  • Itching and Stinging pain
  • In females, eruption located on vulva with itching and inflammation.
  • Acrid white discharge from vagina with itching and burning
  • Itching < warm room > washing in cold water
  • Falling of hair from genital

Petroleum

  • Eruption on scrotum and inner thigh
  • Burning and itching
  • Oozing or dry eruption with marked redness
  • < night
  • Soreness itching and burning
  • Eruption extend to thigh and perineum
  • Intense offensive perspiration on genitals

Hepar Sulph

  • Orogenital ulcer
  • Burning and stinging pain
  • < slightest >pain
  • Pustular eruptions
  • Sour smelling perspiration
  • Oversensitiveness to cold air
  • Eruptions with thick discharges

Croton Tig

  • Genital Herpes with stinging smarting pain
  • Eruption on scrotum and Penis, labia and vagina
  • Blisters appear in clusters
  • Blisters burst ooze and form crusts along with violent itching
  • < scratching > slight rubbing

Merc Sol

  • Herpes eruption in ulcerative stage on genital
  • Burning Cutting pain in ulcers
  • Irregularly shaped ulcers
  • Bleeding from ulcer

Nitric Acid

  • Acts on mucocutaneous junction
  • Genital herpes with stinging or splinter like pain
  • Soreness and Burning
  • Ulcer with raw base