Tuesday, June 1, 2010

You Don't Have to Suffer From a Herpes Breakout

Solving it With Alternative Relief Remedies

Vaginal herpes can be an extremely difficult and stress filled condition that for many women is downright depressing to deal with without losing emotional control and feeling lost. Although there is no real cure for the herpes virus there is still hope for those that suffer from this sexually transmitted disease.

I assume that you are already familiar with the many different types of prescription drugs that are advertised in the many commercials on television. While helpful to some, the reality is many women that people that suffer from herpes simply can't afford the reoccurring expense associated with having to get a prescription refilled.

If you're someone who suffers from herpes and want to logically and sensibly explore alternative treatment methods to dealing with vaginal herpes then please continue to read this article.

You probably already know that you can contract vaginal herpes through a variety of different ways. Of course, the primary way, as you would expect, is through consensual sexual activity with a person that is infected with the virus.

Once infected the very first herpes breakout is usually the most painful and almost always last longer then all subsequent breakouts. That doesn't mean future breakouts aren't painful, far from it. These lesions are still extremely uncomfortable and irritating and let's not forget about the emotional embarrassment of having the herpes virus.

There is nothing worse than the feeling of being unattractive during the midst of a herpes breakout even if you are the only person that knows what you are going through.

Typical signs and symptoms of vaginal herpes include the formation of lesions around the genital area to include the buttocks, vulva, thighs and vagina walls. Normally these lesions are infectious for about three weeks which is much longer then what is common for a man who has herpes.

Despite all this there are some very helpful alternative relief methods that work as well or better then prescription medications.

Vaginal Herpes - You have to know about it

Do you think that you may have vaginal herpes? Do not be ashamed if you do, genital herpes is unfortunately one of the most common sexually transmitted disease within the United States. Be sure to tell your partner, if you are not completely sure, make sure they are aware... they are your partner, they will understand. Also, as much as you do not want to, go to the doctor immediately.

What is Vaginal Herpes? Vaginal Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease herpes which is a virus.
Common symptoms of vaginal herpes...

  • Sensitive Skin (may appear to be red)
  • Blisters or bumps in the following areas: vagina, thighs, buttocks
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Headaches and/or flu-like symptoms
  • Muscles hurt, especially in your lower back
  • In Outbreaks that occur later, sores hurt less and they do not stay as long in that specific area

You can certainly still have genital herpes without those symptoms, so be sure to consult a doctor if you believe you may have herpes.

Tips to prevent herpes from spreading more:

  • Do not touch your eyes, mouth, etc.
  • Be sure to wash your hands properly with hot water and soap, especially during outbreaks.
  • Avoid sexual contact during an outbreak.

If you are infected, be sure to either get medication from a doctor or find natural cures that you can use. Be sure that you just do not do nothing... it will get worse and you will infect other people, which in some places is illegal.

Foul Smelling Vaginal Odors - Is it a Sign For a STD?

Vaginal odor is quite harassing and an embarrassing predicament for women. It can be chronic or acute. Not that a smelly vagina always signals an STD (Sexually transmitted diseases), it can be the result of poor hygiene as well. By washing with a mild soap twice a day, vaginal odor is something which one can get rid of. The thriving of odor causing bacteria can be the cause of bad smell in the vagina, and killing of these benign bacteria can help in getting rid of the odor. But in spite of all of these, if the odor is something which persists, then it is definitely a matter of concern.

Infection of vagina, if left untreated for a long period of time, can cause infection to the uterus and ovaries of a woman. We find many ladies complaining of vaginal odors within 24 hours after coming in sexual contact with a person. This odor can result in women who engage with multiple sexual partners. A yeast infection can also result in odor in vagina, which thankfully can be treated.

But the most alarming situation arises when vaginal odor is a result of vaginal inflammation which is one of the initial symptoms of STD (sexually transmitted diseases). STD, like the gonorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease. Genital herpes, vaginitis and Chlamydia can result in consistent vaginal odor. Along with vaginal odor if discharge from the vagina is found as a result of the viral infection, the warning symptoms are better taken seriously. Irritation in the region of vagina from where the vaginal odor seems to be originating is quite common in STD.

A diagnosis of vaginitis if missed and delayed can cause this vaginal odor. If by avoiding sugar and adding garlic to the diet, this problem is being overcome then it has been fortunate. But otherwise never hesitate to consult a doctor about vaginal odor. If kept hidden for a long time it can result in uterine, cervical or vaginal cancer. A misdiagnosis on the basis of wrong information would accelerate the STD in the victim.

A contraceptive device or a condom or any other foreign body being lodged for a long time in the vagina can also give rise to the foul stinking smell from it. There are some women who are more sensitive to smell and in spite of nothing being so seriously wrong they can detect a smell and feel a little worried.

In any case, it is always advisable to consult your doctor, rather gynecologist to avoid complication before it gets too late. Vagina is a very sensitive part of the female human genitalia, along with personal hygiene one should also be aware of the risks associated with vaginal infection.

What is Vaginal Cancer?

Vaginal cancer is not a common cancer. Vaginal cancer is cancer that begins in the vagina. There are two basic types of vaginal cancer:
  • Squamous cell carcinoma is cancer that forms in squamous cells. Squamous cell vaginal cancer spreads slowly and usually stays near the vagina without spreading, but it is possible for it to spread to the lungs and liver. This is the most common type of vaginal cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma is usually found in women that are 60 years old or older.
  • Adenocarcinoma is cancer that begins in glandular cells. Adenocarcinoma is much more likely than squamous cell cancer to spread to the lungs and lymph nodes. Adenocarcinoma is usually diagnosed in women who are 30 years old or younger.

The most serious and significant risk factor for developing either type of vaginal cancer is exposure to the drug DES (Diethylstilbestrol). DES is a synthetic hormone that was given to pregnant women between 1940 and 1971. It was believed that DES would prevent miscarriages. It is possible (maybe probable) that DES will increase the risk of uterine, ovarian, or breast cancer in women who took it, and DES has also has been linked to an increased risk of clear cell carcinoma of the vagina or cervix in daughters exposed to DES before birth.

We also know that exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV) or having an HPV infection is a real risk factor for developing vaginal cancer. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recently approved the use of the vaccine, Gardisil, for girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26. This vaccine is administered in the form of three shots given over a six-month period. Gardisil has proven very effective and perfectly safe.