Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease which is transferred through sexual contact. Sexual contact could include oral-gential contact, sexual intercourse or kissing. Sexual contact results in the transmission of the microorganism from one person to another. Herpes is one of the leading sexually transmitted diseases and is transmitted through vaginal or anal sex.
Herpes also referred to as genital herpes, is a viral infection which is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). The virus is transmitted through contact between the mucosal lining of the mouth, vagina or the skin of the genitals.The virus enters the skin or the mucosa and then travels to the nerve root and settles their permanently.
Signs And Symptoms Of Herpes In Women
The symptoms associated with herpes are similar in both men and women. Following an exposure to the virus, the incubation period may range from a few days to a week. During the incubation period the female may not manifest any symptoms or signs associated with the condition but are at a high risk of transmitting the infection to others. The following symptoms manifest about two weeks after the exposure,
- Itching, redness and tingling sensation on the genital skin is the first symptom which is associated with the condition.
- This is followed by formation of painful blisters which may result in ulcers. These ulcers are very tender and may last for about a week or two. The infection is highly contagious at this time and is associated with severe itching.
- Fluid filled blisters on the vulva and the vagina are characteristic signs associated with the condition in females. These blisters are very painful.
- Other associated symptoms may include cervicitis (i.e. inflammation of the cervix) or urethritis (i.e. inflammation and burning in the urethra).
- The ulcers heal naturally within two to four weeks.
What Causes Genital Herpes In Women?
There are two forms of herpes virus that are associated with genital ulcers- HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is associated with blisters and ulceration around the mouth while HSV-2 is associated with genital lesions and sores. Some of the common causes associated with herpes in women include,
- Suppressed immunity or weakened immune response is the primary factor responsible for the condition.
- Certain medications are also considered responsible for the development of herpes.
- Stress tends to weaken the immune response which in turn is responsible for herpes.
- Recurrent infections, especially urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, etc increase the risk of developing a herpes infection.
- Sexual transmission is considered to be the primary reason for the condition. Estimates suggest that approximately 50 million Americans suffer from the condition with the prevalence of herpes estimated to be as high as 60% in the sexually active age group.
Natural Remedies For Herpes In Women
There is no cure for herpes; however conventional treatment suggests the use of anti-viral drugs to reduce the severity and intensity of the infections and symptoms associated with the condition. Here are however some alternative therapies that might be beneficial,
- Local application of paste of honey with turmeric is considered beneficial. Both, turmeric and honey have strong anti-microbial properties and help in effective management of the condition.
- Soaking the vagina in a tub of warm water containing a few drops of tea tree oil is also considered beneficial. Tea tree oil also has strong anti-microbial properties and has protective action against the spread of herpes.
- Homeopathic drugs like Nitric Acid and Arsenic Alba are considered beneficial in the management of ulcers and pain. They help alleviate the symptoms and also prevent the spread of the virus.