Genital herpes is a virus infection which is caused by Herpes simplex virus 2. Along with the genital areas this virus also infects the area around buttocks, anus and inner thighs. The infection of the genital herpes mainly occurs due to the exposure of the genitals to the virus which comes from a partner having active herpes. Though most of the people do not show any symptoms of the virus but there are ones who have the symptoms. The initial outbreak of this disease is even worse that the recurrences. The initial stage of genital herpes outbreak is mainly associated with symptoms beside rashes.
Occurrence of first genital herpes outbreak
The herpes rash mainly consists of some vesicles clustered on a reddish base. In areas like vagina which are moist, the herpes may also result in ulcerations instead. The initial outbreak in women occurs in the region of cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, urethra, buttocks and thighs. Whereas, men have their outbreak on tip or shaft of the penis and sometimes on the base. Men who practice sex with other men may have blisters on the anus. Men usually have mild rash which include six to ten blisters. The blisters that follow the initial genital herpes outbreak are very painful and contagious as they contain large number of viral particles.
Symptoms of genital herpes outbreak
Majority of people faces general symptoms during their first genital herpes outbreak and they usually last for about a week’s time. Some of the most common symptoms include headache, swollen nymph nodes, muscle aches, fatigue, fever and others.
How long does genital herpes outbreak last?
If you are having the first outbreak then it will generally last for about 2 to 3 weeks but the pain in skin will last for about one to six weeks. In due course of time the blisters becomes dry and crust over. After the crust falls off the area is not contagious anymore.
Sometimes low levels of virus may also be present even when there are no signs and symptoms.
Dealing with genital herpes outbreak:
Since genital herpes is not curable, so once you are infected with this problem you may suffer from numerous outbreaks during your lifetime. But there are also various ways by which these outbreaks can be dealt.
First of all ask your doctor for the medication which can shorten the period of outbreak. Since some outbreaks even last for several weeks thus by reducing their period you can get some relief.
It is always recommended to abstain from any sexual activity while having the genital herpes outbreak as it will prevent your partner from having the infection. And in case if you are having sex during this time then proper protection like condoms should be used.
Infected genital area should be kept clean. It should be washed and dried often during the outbreak.
Comfortable clothes should be worn during the genital outbreak and the affected area should be kept away from the heat of the sun.