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Treatment for Vaginal Herpes

September 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Genital Herpes Tips

Genital herpes such as vaginal herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) which is from the same family of viruses that cause cold sores. Cold sores are generally caused by a type of Herpes Simplex Virus called Herpes Simplex Virus 1, and genital herpes such as vaginal herpes is usually caused by Herpes Simplex Virus 2. However, both types of herpes viruses can infect the genital areas, causing painful herpes sores and genital herpes or vaginal herpes.

There is no cure for genital herpes or vaginal herpes and often people will have recurring herpes outbreaks. During these herpes outbreaks the infected person will have sores and symptoms caused by herpes for a while, then the herpes virus will go into a dormant stage and the person will have no herpes symptoms again until the next herpes outbreak.

The number of herpes outbreaks and the amount of time between herpes outbreaks varies from person to person. Some people may have the herpes outbreaks frequently and others may have only one or two herpes outbreaks. It is still possible to transmit the herpes virus during the herpes dormant stages when a person has no symptoms of herpes.

There is no cure for herpes, but effective herpes treatments for herpes outbreaks do exist. To be effective these herpes treatments must be started immediately after herpes symptoms appear. Outbreaks of herpes sores may appear again and again throughout a person’s life. Medication can be taken to make these herpes outbreaks less common, and to treat the herpes sores themselves. Like these ways below:
1.)    Wear loose clothing during outbreaks of herpes
2.)    Drinking large amounts of fluids will decrease pain during urination, and urinating in the bath may be less painful during herpes attacks
3.)    Wash your hands with soap and water if you touch an infected area, and in particular, do not rub your eyes or touch your mouth after touching infected skin during herpes attacks
4.)    Avoid further infection during herpes attacks by keeping the infected area clean and dry. When drying actively infected areas, use a hair dryer or lightly pat the area dry
5.)    Epson salts in bath water can help clean and dry out herpes infected areas
6.)    Wash bath towels before reusing and wash underclothing frequently to avoid herpes
7.)    A healthy lifestyle including proper diet, adequate rest and low stress levels can improve your immune system, and reduce the likelihood of herpes outbreaks
8.)    If you think you have herpes, see a doctor immediately. Medication is available to help treat herpes infected areas and to reduce the pain of sores caused by herpes. This medication may be prescribed for herpes outbreaks as they happen, or it may be taken regularly to suppress the herpes virus and lower the chance of having herpes outbreak.

Though there is no cure for genital herpes or vaginal herpes, frequency and severity of herpes infections can be partially managed with medication for herpes. By themselves, Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and Herpes Simplex Virus 2 are generally not considered a serious health risk. However, in very rare cases, the Herpes Simplex Virus can cause serious illness. Herpes infected pregnant women can pass the herpes virus to infants during birth, causing lesions and possibly life-threatening infections of the central nervous system of the baby. In a very small number of cases herpes simplex virus can cause meningitis or encephalitis and herpes infection of the eye can cause scarring of the cornea and even blindness.

Because herpes viruses from vaginal herpes or genital herpes can cause sores on the penis or inside the vagina, it also increases the risk of transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Herpes is a very serious disease. People affected with herpes, especially with vaginal herpes or genital herpes must consult doctors immediately at the sight of it. It is also important for herpes infected people to get support from their friends and family as well.


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