Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by the herpes simplex virus. Infections are categorized based on the part of the body infected.

Oral herpes involves the face or mouth. It may result in small blisters in groups often called cold sores or fever blisters or may just cause a sore throat.

Genital herpes, often simply known as herpes, may have minimal symptoms or form blisters that break open and result in small ulcers. These typically heal over two to four weeks.

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In this article, we discuss the Genital Herpes.

Signs of Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Once you are attacked by the disease, after a while, painful blisters filled up with fluid develop, then eventually break up to ooze. Most people get their initial genital attack during their childhood.

What Causes Genital Herpes?

Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus either herpes simplex virus, HSV-1, or HSV-2, but mostly HSV-2. Although the HSV-1 causes cold sores it can similarly cause genital herpes.

Once you are infected by the virus, its present in your body fluids such saliva, vaginal secretions, and semen. Therefore when you come into contact with an infected person, the virus carried by the bodily fluids gets entrance to your body through the thin tissue layers around the genitals, nose or mouth.

Once the virus causing genital herpes gets into your body, it can take as little as two days or even three weeks before you experience the initial herpes attack.

Herpes Symptoms

Cold sores and herpes symptoms show up and then disappear again. The first attack usually is the most severe one and can take as long as four weeks. Once you have become a herpes victim the virus resides in your blood even if the visible signs do not show up on the skin.

Due to then dormant nature of the virus, many people carry the diseases unknowingly in their body. The time taken for the symptoms to show up differs from individual to individual. Herpes symptoms include the following:

  • Tingling, burning and itchy feeling

Before the first outbreak and the appearance of blisters, you could experience an itchy feeling, tingling or burning on your genitals.  If you sense such a feeling then be sure the herpes attack is on the way.

  • Painful blisters on the genitals

After approximately a day, the itchy feeling progresses to a cluster of itchy and painful blisters. These painful blisters will be visible on the:

  • Penis
  • Butt
  • Anus
  • Vagina
  • Vulva
  • Inner sides of the thighs
  • Scrotum
  • Sores develop on other parts infected by the virus

In addition, any other body parts that contacted the virus will develop sores, for example, the lips, mouth or face in general. When the blisters have developed their full sizes, they burst and begin to drip fluids. In response to the painful blisters, the lymph glands then swell up in an attempt to fight the infection. The swellings can often be seen around the pelvis, throat region or in the armpit.

  • Difficulty in passing urine

The blisters and the ulcerated wounds at times may block the urine passage. Consequently, when passing urine you will ten experience pain and difficulty. Moreover, when the urine drops or touches the herpetic sores, a burning feeling is ignited.

  • Pain and itching on the genitals

Due to the presence of the herpetic sores, the itching and pain around the genital region still persist.

  • Flu-like symptoms

Added to the blisters development, the herpes victim will exhibit the flu-like symptoms. For example general tiredness, fever or a headache accompanying the herpes outbreak.

After some days, the open wounds begin to heel. Crust develops and new skin begins to form. Within a few weeks, the blisters heal up completely and the symptoms disappear. However, the HSV-1 or HSV-2 continues to be in the victim’s body for his whole life.

The pain accompanying the herpes symptoms is severest on those with low body immune system. After the initial genital herpes attack, a consequent attack may follow but quite unpredictable in frequency.

Herpes and Pregnancy

To a mother who is herpes positive and pregnant too, she has a reason to worry. The STD can be passed on from the mother to the baby during childbirth if no precaution is taken. That is especially true when the delivery time coincides with the herpes outbreak.

Disclosing to your family doctor your herpes condition at the onset of the pregnancy period will have you and your baby benefit in the following ways:

  • He’ll walk you through and prepare you psychologically on the expectorations before, during and after the delivery
  • The doctor will advise you and put you on the recommended pregnancy treatments for the safe treatment of your baby. The treatment will see you avoid a miscarriage, related complications and even opt for cesarean delivery when necessary.

Herpes symptoms on a baby include ulcers visible on the face, genitals and the body too.  Genital herpes is a threat to the young baby as it may interfere with the brain development, blindness, and even death.

Our Advice

If you suspect that you have herpes, it is wise to consult a doctor for a herpes test confirmation. It will help you begin treatment as soon as possible thereby lessening the pain and discomfort.  If you stay alert for its early symptoms, stick to treatments like anti-viral plus the right diet, you will leave with herpes.