Friday, 18 May 2012

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a virus infection which is caused by herpes simplex virus. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted disease which is spread from one person to another during oral, anal or vaginal sexual contact. There is no cure for genital herpes and if a person gets infected with this disease, it stays with them forever. Symptoms may come and go several times during the entire life span and when they are present it is known as herpes outbreak.
Causes for genital herpes:
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV which includes HSV1 and HSV2. The majority of genital herpes are caused by the infection of HSV2. Though HSV1 virus mainly causes oral herpes but there is a significant increase in the number of cases when HSV1 also results in genital herpes. Genital herpes is transmitted during sexual activity or skin to skin contact.
Symptoms of genital herpes:
An infected person may or may not develop the symptoms of genital herpes which may also result in a situation when a person does not even come to know that he is infected. If symptoms are there then they appear within 3 to 7 days of infection. In majority of people the first outbreak is quite painful and worst.
The main symptoms of it appear as sores around the penis, vagina or anus area. Many a times these sores may also appear in the region of buttocks, thighs and scrotum. In initial stages they look like a rash of red bumps which later turns into blisters. At times the blisters also open up and cause severe pain. After some time the sores gets scab and healed. The first genital herpes outbreak generally takes 10 to 20 days to get completely healed up. Majority of people face general signs during their first outbreak which includes headache, muscle ache, discharge from the vagina or penis, fever, swollen glands, difficult and painful urination.
Treatment for genital herpes:
Though genital herpes is a non curable disease but various means can be used in order to get relief from the disease.
-      First of all consult your doctor who may suggest you the medication that can help to reduce the time period of the symptoms and outbreak.
-      Keep the infected area clean and dry.
-      Be comfortable and wear loose fitted clothes
-      Do not touch the sores or break the blisters.
-      Soothe the affected area with cool cloth and do not use any deodorant or spray on the affected area during the outbreak.
Preventing further spread of genital herpes:
Since genital herpes is sexually transmitted disease thus any type of sexual activity whether it is oral, vaginal or anus should be avoided in order to prevent the further spread of the virus. Genital herpes can also spread to your sex partner even when there are no symptoms, so it is always recommended to practice safe sex.
If you think that you are suffering from genital herpes then you should immediately take the help of your healthcare provider in order to provide any further problem.

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