Genital Herpes | Signs of herpes
Signs of herpes
It is important to know what the herpes virus and signs of herpes are, genital herpes are caused by the virus herpes simplex, there is commonly type 1 and type 2 of the simplex virus. Herpes type 1 is oral herpes, signs of herpes type 1 is in the form of cold sores. Herpes simplex type 2 is the cause for genital herpes and is referred to as a STD.
What is a STD
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease which is passed on through sexual contact in the form of bodily secretions or saliva.
A STI is a sexually transmitted infection, sometimes a STD can cause an infection without actually causing a disease if caught early enough and treated. What are the signs of herpes
Like other sexually transmitted diseases and infections during the early stages, they do not always carry obvious symptoms. For this reason, there may be no signs of herpes for between two to twenty days after being exposed to the virus. When the first symptoms of herpes appear it is usually in the form of blisters, usually one or two. The first outbreak of genital herpes is normally the worst. Signs of herpes to look for are blisters around the genitals or anus the blisters will break and leave painful sores. These sores can be very painful and uncomfortable. It is important to remember the virus can still be spread even when no signs of herpes are present. It is estimated that 3% of people who carry the virus on their skin without knowing and they can pass it on to other people.
Common signs of herpes in woman
sores of blisters around the genitals
blisters in the vagina
swollen lymph glands in or around the groin
Lower back pain
pain or discomfort passing water
a vaginal discharge
There is no actual cure for the simplex virus once a person has been infected the virus will remain in the body, it can be controlled when there is an outbreak of blisters. Some people may only have the one outbreak but for 80% of woman, they will likely have another outbreak. As time passes the outbreaks usually become less serve and the period of time in between outbreaks usually lengthens.
Once you doctor has taken swabs and confirmed you have the simplex virus, he will usually prescribe a five day course of antiviral tablets. These will help reduce the signs of herpes and accelerate the healing of the blisters.
After the first outbreak, most individuals will develop the warning signs of herpes and know they are about to have an outbreak. Thy may have pain, itching or discomfort in the groan area before the blisters appear At this point a person is considered contagious even in the absence of the blisters. Confused signs of herpes
Signs of herpes may be confused with the following
A Razor burn
These could be caused by other things for example.
A result of wearing tight clothing, sweating, heat rash, or an allergic reaction,
Sex and herpes
Condoms will not always protect a person from the herpes virus a condom only protects the part that it covers. When experiencing an outbreak or showing warning signs of herpes it is important not have sex until the virus is completely gone.