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Genital Herpes: Symptoms & 4 Natural Treatments

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that has no cure. In the United States, an estimated 25% of adult women and 20% of adult men have the disease. The genital herpes simplex virus can live dormant inside a person’s immune system. (1) Genital herpes symptoms such as painful cold sores can appear periodically. Natural genital herpes treatment focuses on practicing safe sex, strengthening the immune system and naturally reducing pain.

Genital Herpes Risk Factors and Causes

  • Oral sex with a partner who has cold sores
  • Any form of unprotected sex
  • Having sex with multiple partners
  • Having other illnesses that lower immune functions

Genital Herpes Symptoms

  • A single cold sore of a cluster of multiple cold sores that form on the genitals, buttocks, upper thigh or near the groin (2)
  • Cold sores that become exposed and painful, develop a white coating and burn for a period of time before healing
  • Pain, tenderness and other symptoms of a rash around the cold sores
  • Symptoms of a viral infection such as fatigue, aches or a fever
  • In mean, genital herpes sores usually occur on the base of the penis and the surrounding area
  • In women, genital herpes sores occur on the vulva, vagina and cervix

Genital Herpes Treatment

1. Practice Safe Sex

Unprotected sex is a major risk factor for genital herpes. Even if your partner doesn’t have any noticeable symptoms, they can pass the virus to you. Avoid any type of intimate contact with someone who has an ulcer, a canker sore or other symptoms of oral or genital sores. Research has shown that most HSV-2 infections are acquired from people who didn’t know they had herpes and report having no symptoms. (3) Practicing safe sex can help better protect you from the disease.

2. Improve Immune Function

Strengthening your immune system can help keep genital herpes symptoms at bay. A strong immune system able to fight off the virus much more quickly than a weak immune system. To help improve your overall immune system for genital herpes treatment:

  • Cut out sugar and processed foods from your diet
  • Avoid smoking or using drugs
  • Limit or avoid the use of antibiotics and unncessary medications
  • Limit exposure to toxic chemicals in packages foods, chemical cleaners or synthetic beauty products
  • Eat plenty of anti-inflammatory foods loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants
  • Exercise regularly
  • Manage stress levels
  • Get plenty of sleep (4)

3. Use Antiviral Herbs

Antiviral herbs can help treat genital herpes symptoms by lowering inflammation and helping the body attack the virus. Antiviral herbs and antioxidants that you can use as part of a genital herpes treatment plan include:

  • Astralagus root (5)
  • Burdock root
  • Elderberry
  • A multivitamin that includes Vitamin C, zinc and Vitamin D
  • Calendula (6)
  • Adaptogen herbs including ashwagandha, maca, medicinal mushrooms and rhodiola (7)

4. Reduce Pain and Speed Healing Naturally

When you experience a genital herpes outbreak, you can use natural methods to help speed healing and reduce pain. Try:

  • Only using natural, mild soap and warm water on sores
  • Pressing a warm towel against the affected area to reduce pain
  • Sitting in a warm bath
  • Wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to allow air to get to the sores
  • Using a separate towel on your genitals near any open sores than you would on your mouth
  • Not touching any open sores during an outbreak (8)