The genital herpes is a commonly infectious disease caused by a virus named Herpes Simplex. This is transmitted through sexual contact and the affection is shown as small blisters that appear in a group, surrounded by a red area. Once the blisters break, there can appear ulcerations that can be isolated or in a group.
This is not an easy disease, and you need to know that the first episode can take up to a few weeks. Once this passes, from time to time, you will still experience the results of the infestation with genital herpes, but the factors that reactivate the virus will vary from one person to another.
The Causes of Genital Herpes
This disease will be transmitted through sexual contact with an infested person. Multiple sexual partners can determine the apparition of the virus. Many people don’t know that they can be affected by the virus that transmits the disease, as this doesn’t show the symptoms of an infection. You can take the virus from a person who shows the sign of the infection, or from a person who doesn’t have the signs, but who continues to eliminate the virus.
The Symptoms of Genital Herpes
Most of the persons with this disease don’t show any symptoms, or, if they do, the symptoms and the signs are relatively small. The apparition of the herpetic lesions has the following successions – the skin from around the genital organ or the skin of the genital area becomes sore, the skin can be warm, painful or itching, there will be blisters around the area or directly on the skin of the genital organs, and then the
blisters break, making a crust that heals.
The symptoms that appear when you are infected for the first time contain fever, headache, and a burning sensation at urination, muscle pains and swollen ganglia. When the virus enters the organism for the first time, you get to experience its symptoms for at least a few weeks. After this, the virus goes to the nervous system, where it remains inactive until there are some factors that reactivate it.
The first episode of genital herpes is usually the one with the most pain, and it requires the longest time for recovery. The pain and the healing time will decrease from one episode to another, and the factors that reactivate the disease can vary from person to person. Keep in mind that the stress, some illnesses, the surgical interventions, the sexual contact, a diet or even the period for women can determine the reappearance of the herpes.
There is no treatment that can eliminate totally the infestation with Herpes Simplex, but the doctors can recommend you antiviral medication, with oral administration and ointments, that can increase the healing time. The anti-inflammatory medication can be efficient in alleviating the discomfort caused by the lesions.
In the case when the patient experiences often episodes or recurrent herpes, the treatment of genital herpes is made with antiviral medication, administered for a longer period of time.
No medication can eradicate this virus from the organism, as it remains inside the body once the person is infected with it. It can stay inactive for a longer period of time, until you experience something that reactivates it.
Apart from this, you need to keep the infected area clean, to avoid spreading the infection to other parts of the body. It’s better if you also avoid touching the infected area and washing your hands thoroughly if you have touched that place. It’s also important that you avoid sexual contact since the appearance of the first symptoms until you are healed of the genital herpes. In addition to this, you can also use condoms, even if you show no visible signs of the illness.