Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). The most common genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex 2 virus. Most individuals initially have little or no signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2 viral infection. When signs finally do occur, they typically appear as small blisters on or around the genitals.
These blisters usually break, and leave tender ulcers that may take up to four weeks to finally heal the first time they occur. Typically, another outbreak will appear within weeks or months after the first episode, but is almost always less severe and much shorter than the first outbreak. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years, in most cases. Daily suppression therapy is the most common treatment for severe cases. A doctor will prescribe antiviral drugs, to be taken on a daily basis to help stop the outbreaks from developing. Outdated topical ointments and creams are still used, but most feel stopping the outbreak before it starts to develop, is the best option. There are also very powerful over the counter herpes daily suppression therapy herpes products available. These products seem to work very well and have no known side effects.