Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, which is caught by intimate contact. When it comes in direct contact with blisters or ulcers with fluid in the genitals, thighs or anus and causes symptoms such as burning, itching, pain and discomfort.
However, before the blisters appear in some cases it is possible to identify if you are going to have an episode of herpes, because often there appears warning symptoms such as urinary infection with discomfort, burning or pain when urinating or mild itching and tenderness in some places of the genital region. These warning symptoms do not always happen, but there may be hours or even days before the blisters form.
Main symptoms of genital herpes
The main symptoms of genital herpes that usually arise are:
- Small groupings of blisters and wounds;
- Itching and discomfort;
- Burning when urinating if the blisters are near the urethra;
- Burning and pain when you defecate, if the blisters are near the anus;
- Lumps in the groin;
In addition to these symptoms, other, more general, flu-like symptoms such as low fever, chills, headache, general malaise, loss of appetite, muscle pain and tiredness may be more common in the first episode of genital herpes or in those severe where the blisters appear in great quantity, affecting the region of the genitals greatly.
Genital herpes sores can also arise in the penis and vulva, and in the vagina, peri anal region or anus, urethra or even in the cervix.
Photos of genital herpes
Genital herpes treatment
Treatment of genital herpes can be done using antiviral medications such as Acyclovir or Valaciclovir pills or ointments, which help decrease virus replication in the body and heal blisters and wounds.
In addition, since herpes blisters in the genital area can be very painful, to help get through the episode the doctor may also recommend the use of local anesthetic ointments or gels, such as Lidocaine or Xylocaine, which help to moisturize the skin and anesthetize the affected area, thus relieving pain and discomfort.