Eruptions with itching, burning sensation and pain in the genital parts of males and females could be an indication of Genital Herpes. It is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).
Homeopathic Treatment Of Genital Herpes
There is great scope of treating genital herpes in homeopathy. The homeopathic remedies for Genital Herpes are made from natural substances that boost the body’s defense mechanism to fight against the virus to overcome infection. With natural homeopathic medicines, the frequency and intensity of genital herpes eruptions wither away slowly till the disease is diminished completely.
Top Homeopathic Medicines For Genital Herpes
The most frequently used homeopathic medicines to treat genital herpes are Natrum Mur, Petroleum, Nitric Acid, Sepia and Hepar Sulph.
1. Natrum Mur – Top Natural Medicine For Genital Herpes
Natrum Mur leads the list of homeopathic medicines in treating genital herpes in both males and females.
– In males, Natrum Mur can be used when blisters form on any part of the genitals – on scrotum, penis, glans penis (rounded head of penis), and on thighs and around anus. There is marked itching and stinging pain on the scrotum and glans penis.
– In females, it can be used when bumps form on vagina, vulva, or around the anus. Burning and soreness in vagina can be felt after urination. It may worsen before menses. Itching in vagina may also be present. In some cases, white discharge from vagina, with itching and burning can arise.
When and How to use Natrum Mur?
This medicine has shown good clinical results in a large number of cases of genital herpes, so it can be used as the top-most medicine for treating genital herpes in both males and females. It proves highly effective in healing herpes sores and managing the associated itching. It can be used in different potencies from low to high, the most preferred is 6X potency. When diagnosis of genital herpes is confirmed, two to four doses of Natrum Mur 6X can be taken as per the intensity of complaint.
2. Petroleum – For Genital Herpes With Marked Itching And Redness
Petroleum is the next most important remedy when the bumps are accompanied by marked itching and redness.
– In males needing this medicine, though the eruptions may develop on any part of the genitals, they are present dominantly on scrotum and prepuce. Itching in these bumps is felt intensely and turn reddish that may ooze fluid or remain dry. In some cases, the affected skin may be rough with cracks, and bleeding.
– In females, use of this medicine is considered especially when the breakouts along with itching occur mostly during menses. The itchy bumps may appear scattered on any part of the genitals. A burning sensation can be felt in vagina.
When and How to use Petroleum?
This medicine suits the majority of cases where itching and redness is well marked in sores.
– In males, the characteristic to use it is blisters on scrotum and prepuce with redness and itching.
– In females, its use is highly recommended when itchy bumps form on genitals in majority of cases during menses.
This medicine can be used in 30C potency twice or thrice a day in the beginning, with gradual reduction in dose when improvement seems to start. It can be taken in high potencies as well, if recommended by homeopathic physician.
3. Nitric Acid – To Treat Ulcers
Nitric Acid is a very important medicine to treat ulcers in genital herpes.
– In males, this medicine is indicated when ulcers form on scrotum or foreskin. These exude foul-smelling moist fluid or in some cases blood. They are very sore and painful. Burning sensation and stinging pain is also felt.
– In females, Nitric Acid is useful when ulcers are formed in the vagina that are itchy with burning sensation.
When and How to use Nitric Acid?
This medicine can be taken when there is ulcer formation.
– In males, ulcers with pain, burning/ stinging sensation, soreness indicate its use.
– In females, itchy, burning ulcers in vagina guide its use.
Use of this medicine is suggested in 30C potency once a day.
4 . Sepia – For Genital Herpes In Females
Sepia is the top-most medicine to treat genital herpes in females. It is indicated when blisters form on various areas of female genitals. Marked tenderness of genitals is felt. Itching on external genitals is also present. Yellow, green discharge from vagina can appear, along with itching.
When and How to use Sepia?
Sepia is recommended when there are blisters on genitals along with marked tenderness and vaginal discharge. The potency varies from low to high varying in every individual case. Initially, Sepia 30C can be taken once or twice a day. Afterward, high potencies can be considered under the supervision of homeopathic physician.
5. Hepar Sulph: For Highly Sensitive Eruptions On Male Genitals
It is a highly effective medicine for treating sensitive eruptions on male genitals. It works well when little blisters form in groups. These look white with red base. Extreme sensitivity to touch predominates, itching may be felt.
When and How to use Hepar Sulph?
It treats extremely sensitive sores on male genitals. It can be used from low to high potencies. It is safe to start with 30C potency two to three times a day. Higher potencies should be taken under a homeopathic expert’s guidance.
Note You may continue any of these medicines for about one month, only in the above-recommended doses. To continue further and for using high potencies, seek homeopathic advice.
What Causes Genital Herpes?
Genital herpes is caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). This virus can be found in semen, vaginal secretions or saliva.
Two types of Herpes Simplex Virus or HSV are linked with Genital Herpes i.e. HSV2 and HSV1
– HSV2 is specific for causing Genital Herpes and is transmitted through sexual contact. It is highly contagious (spread quickly through skin or sexual contact with infected person) even if there is no open sore on genital area.
– HSV1 is the main cause of fever blisters (fluid-filled bumps/eruptions) around the mouth which causes genital herpes through the orogenital route (during oral sex)
The HSV virus tends to enter the body through any cut in the skin or mucus membrane lining the openings in the body, like mouth, nose, and genitals. After entering the body, the virus enters cells where it multiplies and symptoms appear.
What Are Signs And Symptoms Of Genital Herpes?
1. Blisters (fluid-filled bumps) on genital parts with itching, burning, and pain. The eruptions may appear between 2 days to 2 weeks after contracting the virus. The appearance of blisters is referred as having an outbreak. Tingling, burning or itching is felt around genitals before eruptions appear. In males, the eruptions appear on the penis, inner thigh, scrotum, buttocks and area around the anus. In females, the eruptions appear on vulva, vagina, pubis, clitoris, buttocks and area around the anus.
2. The blisters can turn into ulcers and ooze water or blood, followed by crusting and healing.
3. The general symptoms of fever and body aches may appear in a patient, along with discharge from the vagina or penis.
4. Female patients can also experience pain while urinating.
How Does Genital Herpes Spread?
A person can get herpes if he or she comes in contact with a sore of herpes, genital fluids of infected person, saliva or skin of oral area (mouth) of someone having oral infection. An infected person even in the absence of any active eruptions can still pass the infection to another person via sexual activity. A person cannot contract infection from toilet seats, swimming pools, towels, bedding or any other object used by an infected person as virus dies quickly outside the body.
Who Is At Risk Of Getting Genital Herpes?
Though genital herpes can affect anyone, certain people are at greater risk, like
– Those having multiple sexual partners are at highest risk
– Those having sex without using protective barriers like condoms
– Those having low immunity may be unable to resist the infection and contract it more easily if they come in contact with the virus
– The risk is also high in women as compared to men as the transmission of virus occurs much easily from men to women
Can Genital Herpes Sores/ Eruptions Recur In A Person?
Yes, outbreaks can recur at any time in genital herpes after healing for the first time, though there is no surety of its recurrence. After the first outbreak, the virus remains dormant (inactive) in the body. It can become active anytime on getting a trigger (like stress, or any other illness or when immunity of sufferer is low due to any reason) leading to an outbreak. The sores may keep appearing off and on for many years. In some people, these outbreaks may occur several times a year while in others, the sores may repeat less frequently.
Are There Any Complications Of Genital Herpes?
Yes, certain complications are linked with genital herpes as follows:
– It increases risk of getting other sexually transmitted infections like AIDS
– It can cause swelling of urethra, that carries urine from bladder which expels it outside. Here, catheter may be required to drain urine from bladder.
– In rare cases, it can lead to inflammation of membranes around brain or spinal cord
Effects On Baby If Pregnant Woman Has Genital Herpes?
In case of vaginal delivery, the babies may contract this infection from mothers. It can lead to blindness, damage to brain or even death. So if a pregnant lady has genital herpes, she must tell it right away to her doctor who will further take all precautions to prevent its transmission to the baby.
Measures To Be Followed By Persons Suffering From Genital Herpes
1. Avoid having se, if any active sores are present
2. Always use condom while having sex to prevent its transmission to your partner
3. Maintain good hygiene, keep the affected area clean
4. You may apply an ice pack or petroleum jelly to ease the pain
5. Avoid wearing tight clothes
6. Do not touch the blisters or sores except while applying petroleum jelly or ointment