Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. Also is extremely contagious infection usually spread out through sex. Herpes is an infection of the skin and mucous membranes in the genital and surrounding locations caused by the herpes simplex type 1 or 2 infections.
Most people with genital herpes don’t know they have it. That’s because in most people it produces either no symptoms or very mild ones. Most cases of genital herpes are caused by infection by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is more often the cause of cold sores or fever blisters. But it can also be a cause of genital herpes.
The first symptom of herpes that you will notice is the swelling of your skin in the genital area, which will burn or itch. This symptom usually appears after 1 or 2 weeks of infection throughout which time the virus multiplies in your cells and causes an outbreak. As the herpes development progresses, other things that also develop are blisters and ulcers. While the signs are decreasing, the ulcers from scabs, then they will slowly disappear.
Most common symptoms:
There is no cure for genital herpes. But the symptoms can be lessened and prevented with treatment. Treatment can also reduce the risk of infecting others.
- Pain when urinating
- Feeling sick or nauseous
- Fever and flu-like symptoms
- Muscle aches and discomforts
- Burning or itching experience in the genital area
In addition to taking antiviral tablets you can ease signs by attempting the following:
- Keep the area clean to avoid infection
- You can utilize water or seawater to wash the affected area
- You can utilize an ice pack covered in a towel to lower pain and soothe your skin
- Consume plenty of fluids, this will dilute your urine and make passing urine less unpleasant
- Prevent tight clothes as it may irritate the blisters and sores even more
There are also things you can do to avoid passing the virus to other parts of your body, as well as to other people. Take these steps:
- Don’t wet your contact lenses with saliva
- Don’t kiss when you or your partner has cold sores
- Avoid oral sex when either partner has oral or genital sores
- Don’t have genital or anal contact when any sores are present
- Wash your hands with soap and water after touching infected areas
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