Genital Herpes-Symptoms And Treatment.
Genital herpes is a painful skin infection caused by a virus known as herpes simplex virus (HSV). Small blisters appear on the sex parts. Genital herpes is spread from person to person during sex. This virus occasionally appears on the mouth from oral sex.
But it is different from the kind of herpes that commonly occurs on the mouth, which is not spread by sex (cold sores).
GENITAL HERPES SYMPTOMS
- One or more small very painful blisters, like drops of water on the skin, appear on the sex organs (penis and vagina), anus, buttocks or thighs.
- These dry up and become scabs.
The herpes sores can last for 3 weeks or more, with fever, aches, chills and swollen lymph nodes in the groin. Women may have trouble urinating.
The virus stays in the body after all the signs and symptoms disappear. New blisters can appear at any time from weeks to years later. Usually, the new sores appear in the same place, but are fewer, not that painful and heal more quickly.
GENITAL HERPES TREATMENT
There is no medicine that cures herpes. All you need to do is to keep the area clean. Do not have sex while the blisters or sores are present, do not; even with a condom.
Wash your hands often and try not to touch the sores. The infection can spread to the eyes if the person rubs them after touching the sores.
CAUTION : If a woman has herpes sores when she gives birth, her baby can get it. This is very dangerous. Let your midwife or health worker know if you have ever had genital herpes.