Affecting both men and women and very contagious, genital herpes is a very common sexually transmitted infection that causes sores to form in the genital area. Contrary to popular belief, herpes can still contagious even without visible sores and be spread to the lips and gums of the face as well. There are two viruses that cause herpes, HSV-1 and HSV-2; HSV-2 commonly causes the genital variant, but both viruses can cause breakouts on both the mouth and genitals. The virus dies quickly outside the body, and mostly only spread through direct contact with a herpes lesion.
Genital herpes symptoms can be slight enough to go undiscovered, and a good portion of people with the infection may never know they have it. Typical symptoms are both pain and itching, and eventually small red bumps or white blisters can appear that can become oozing or bleeding ulcers. These ulcers dry up, form scabs, and heal. Sores can appear both externally on the skin and internally in the urethra of men and the cervix of women. Once infected, the virus lies dormant and may cause outbreaks several times a year or very few at all. Outbreaks can be triggered by stress, illness, and fatigue.
Natural Remedies for Genital Herpes
On this page are numerous user submitted home remedies for Genital Herpes. Some of our popular cures are apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, L-lysine, hydrogen peroxide, bach flower, and prunella vulgaris. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat genital herpes. Know of a remedy not listed here? Feel free to share your story with us.