Genital Herpes : A Sexually Transmitted Disease ( Std )

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What do I need to know about Genital herpes in women? • Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). • It is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). • HSV enters the skin or mucous membranes through microscopic breaks either in the mucous membranes or the skin. • Herpes is spread when there is any form of sexual contact with the genital region. • At times, signs for genital herpes are not existent. When they exist, they may include blisters coupled with ulcers in the genital area, itching, tingling feelings in the skin. Some individuals may develop fever, body pains and swollen lymph nodes. The symptoms recur over the person 's lifetime. • Recognizing skin changes in the genital region is the common diagnosis test. Viral cultures, genetic amplification of HSV and other examinations may be carried out. • There is no real cure for genital herpes. • Antiviral prescriptions are used to lessen the severity and number of occurrences of genital herpes. • Some home therapies may help in abating the symptom severity, although they are not a cure for herpes. • Oral antiviral medications may be used in pregnancy but it is advisable to check with your gynaecologist before taking any medications during pregnancy. • The prognosis of genital herpes varies: there is no cure for herpes and the recurrent outbreaks may differ in the rate of recurrence and severity. They also differ from one individual to another. • Prevention of genital herpes is difficult. During sex, condoms may prevent the spread of disease but not in parts of skin not protected by a condom or even during oral to genital encounter. • Sharing of clothing that has come into contact with genital skin ulcers may contribute to spread of the virus What exactly is this gen... ... middle of paper ... ...ware of the infection. The symptoms generally consist of painful blisters around the rectal or the genital area. The blisters later burst, forming ulcers, and take 2 to 4 weeks to heal. Immediately before an outbreak, there may be itching or tingling feeling of the skin. With the first outbreak of genital herpes, an individual may also experience flu-like signs such as fever, swollen lymph nodes and body pains. In women, blistering lesions occur on the vulva and around the vagina. The blisters later continue to form ulcers. In most cases, the infection spreads to involve the cervix. This leads to inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis). Cervicitis may be the single indication of genital herpes infection in some women. At times the urethra becomes infected and is inflamed in some women, which leads to pain on urination. Later in life, outbreaks may or may not occur.

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