Sexual intercourse, whether vaginal, anal, or oral, can spread HPV infection through contact between infected skin. HPV can also spread in less common ways. A child could contract it from their mother in utero or during a vaginal delivery. Using shared infected bath towels or sex toys exposes you to the risk of HPV. Infected medical instruments or toilets at the doctor's may also present a risk.
While a Pap smear is important to detect and prevent cervical cancer, there are other medical conditions that it cannot detect. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes, and syphilis are common STDs that a Pap smear cannot screen for. And since they don't show any symptoms, most people often fail to diagnose them. Other serious conditions that a Pap smear can't detect are PCOS and ovarian cancer.
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Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that may not always have any noticeable symptoms – and that’s what makes it a challenge to identify. Be watchful and you might notice cracks in your skin or lesions that could mean a mild outbreak of genital herpes. If you have a harsher outbreak, you may have symptoms like feverishness, pain, tiredness, or swelling of the glands. Not to mention the blisters, ulcers, or lesions that you have to live with for a few weeks.
The Zika virus can be transmitted through mosquito bites and sexually. Avoid areas with the virus during pregnancy. Screens, bed nets, and mosquito repellents can protect against mosquitoes. Natural repellents like neem oil, fumigants like citronella oil, and larvicides like the essential oils of sweet flag and sweet basil may also be useful. Also, clear out stagnant water. Condoms and dental dams can help protect you from sexual transmission of the Zika virus.
Wheezing is whistling sound that’s produced when you breathe and usually indicates respiratory problems. Medical conditions like asthma, cardiac asthma, bronchiolitis, bronchiectasis, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and gastroesophageal reflux disease can cause it. So can a foreign object stuck in your airways and reactions to medications or insect bites.
AIDS is caused by the HIV virus, which can be transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids like blood, semen, and vaginal secretions. While you can’t just catch AIDS out of the blue, it's important to know how to protect yourself from this incurable disease. Risky sexual behavior with unfamiliar or multiple partners is a big risk factor. So is direct contact with infected blood through syringes or needles. HIV cannot be transmitted through sweat, tears, saliva, urine, or feces.
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Mononucleosis, "mono" for short, is a systemic viral infection that causes fatigue, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and a fever. If that sounds like every other viral infection, you're not wrong. Often called the kissing disease, mono spreads through a person's saliva and other bodily fluids. Mono usually sorts itself out on its own in a few weeks. However, watch out for secondary issues such as liver and spleen disorders may arise. Treatment includes ample rest, hydration, and consuming foods that can help build immunity.
If you aren't sexually active, it's not genital herpes. Genital herpes spreads via sex with someone who has herpes. It causes blisters and sores around the genital area, sometimes along with flu-like symptoms during the first outbreak. Yeast infection by a fungus called candida causes itchiness but no sores and an odorless, cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge. Genital herpes causes a watery and smelly vaginal discharge.
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Herpes is a highly contagious viral infection which shows up as oral herpes (cold sores) or genital herpes (blisters in the genital/anal areas). Topical application of vit. E and lemon balm on cold sores can help relieve the burning sensation. Also, frequent baths with a sol. of warm water, 2c ground oatmeal, 1/2c baking soda can help soothe your genitals.
If you are pregnant/trying to conceive, you should be extremely cautious of this mosquito-borne illness that can even threaten your unborn baby's health. Zika can cause microcephaly and other severe neurological defects among newborns including vision problems, impaired growth. The best approach is to prevent mosquito bites, avoid traveling to zika-prone areas.
The thought that the humble onion can battle respiratory infections might seem ludicrous. Here’s why the onion that gets you all teary-eyed can also be incredibly soothing and ease symptoms of flu, bronchitis, and allergic rhinitis.
Ayurveda strongly believes that immunity is directly related to digestion. Reduce food intake to improve digestive strength and immunity to help body fight viral infections better. Avoid heavy-to-digest foods. Include spices like ginger, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon in your diet. Drink warm water and sip Tulsi or ginger herbal teas. Avoid any form of exercise.
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