Genital herpes is probably one of the most common STDs in the United States. It’s caused by a virus by the name the herpes simplex virus. Most of these cases are caused by an infection of the simplex virus type 2. Using herpes protocol is one way of curing herpes. HSV 1 causes cold sores and fever blisters although it can also cause genital herpes in some cases.
Most of the people who have genital herpes do not know. This is because it produces little or very mild symptoms. Herpes symptoms might not appear until months after being exposed to the virus. They are more severe the first time around than recurrent cases of infections.
- Small blisters that burst open and leave open, red sores around the thighs, buttocks, rectum, and genitals.
- A smelly vaginal discharge in females.
- Ulcers and blisters on the lower part of the womb (cervix) in women.
- Pain when passing urine
- Raw and cracked areas around the genitals that do not produce an itching, tingling or painful feeling
- Flu-like symptoms that include fever, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes.8. Nausea or feeling sick.
After the first itching and tingling, more clusters of small painful blisters appear. They are usually filled with a cloudy liquid and can be located on or inside the penis, thighs, groin, scrotum, around the anus and buttocks in men. In women, these clusters will appear inside the vagina, on the labia, on the buttocks, thighs and around the anus.
Recurrent herpes symptoms
After the very first outbreak, the signs and symptoms of herpes become less severe and last fewer days, 5 to 10 days. Early treatment, within 24 hours of the first signs of an outbreak, can get rid of herpes symptoms in a few days.
It is quite rare for a recurrent outbreak to cause nausea and flu-like symptoms. The most common sign of chronic herpes is an itching or tingling sensation felt in 12 to 24 hours before the appearance of blisters. This is the perfect time to start on treatment.
The frequency of genital herpes recurrence depends on a person’s immune system. Some people can have one outbreak every year while others have more than six outbreaks in the same duration.
A healthy immune system keeps the virus at bay. Avoid consuming a lot of alcohol, reduce your stress levels and eat a healthy and balanced diet.
Through other different sexual activities like oral sex, one can get genital herpes in the lips, mouth, tongue, and other body parts. However, this transmission is rare and only happens when the virus is extremely active.
In women, this virus causes painful urination and an abnormal discharge in the vagina. Blisters in the vagina can last to three weeks before healing on their own.