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A Guide to Genital Herpes Symptoms in Women

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that results from the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It’s most commonly transmitted through sexual contact, whether oral, anal, or genital sex.

Genital herpes is usually caused by the HSV-2 strain of herpes. The first herpes outbreak may not happen for years after transmission.

But you’re not alone.

About have experienced a herpes infection. Around , new cases of HSV-2 are reported every year.

There’s plenty that can be done to treat the symptoms and manage outbreaks so that life isn’t ever disrupted by it.

Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can cause oral and genital herpes, but we’ll be focusing mainly on genital HSV

Symptoms

Early symptoms tend to happen around after infection. There are two phases, latent and prodrome.

  • Latent phase: Infection has occurred, but there are no symptoms.
  • Prodrome (outbreak) phase: At first, the symptoms of a genital herpes outbreak are typically mild. As the outbreak progresses, the symptoms become more severe. The sores will typically heal within 3 to 7 days.

What to expect

You may feel a light itchiness or tingling around your genitals or notice some tiny, firm red or white bumps that are uneven or jagged in shape.

These bumps may also be itchy or painful. If you scratch them, they can open up and ooze white, cloudy fluid. This can leave painful ulcers behind that can be irritated by clothing or other materials than come into contact with your skin.

These blisters can show up anywhere around the genitals and the surrounding areas, including the:

  • vulva
  • vaginal opening
  • cervix
  • butt
  • upper thighs
  • anus
  • urethra

First outbreak

The first outbreak may also come along with symptoms that are like those of the flu virus, including:

The first outbreak is usually the most severe. Blisters may be extremely itchy or painful, and sores may appear in many areas around the genitals.

But every outbreak after that is typically less severe. The pain or itchiness won’t be as intense, the sores won’t take quite as long to heal, and you probably won’t experience the same flu-like symptoms that happened during the first outbreak.

Pictures

The symptoms of genital herpes look different at each stage of an outbreak. They may start mild, but become more noticeable and severe as the outbreak worsens.

Genital herpes symptoms don’t look the same for every person. You may even notice differences in your sores from outbreak to outbreak.

Here are some examples of what genital herpes looks like for people with vulvas at each stage.

How it’s transmitted

Genital herpes is spread through unprotected oral, anal, or genital sex with someone who has an infection. It’s most commonly transmitted when a person has sex with someone who has an active outbreak consisting of open, oozing sores.

Once the virus has made contact, it spreads in the body through mucous membranes. These are thin layers of tissue found around openings in the body like your nose, mouth, and genitals.

Then, the virus invades the cells in your body with the DNA or RNA material that makes them up. This allows them to essentially become a part of your cell and replicate themselves whenever your cells do.

Diagnosis

Here are a few ways a doctor may diagnose genital herpes:

  • Physical examination: A doctor will look at any physical symptoms and check your overall health for any other signs of genital herpes, such as lymph node swelling or a fever.
  • Blood test: A sample of blood is taken and sent to a laboratory for testing. This test can show the levels of antibodies in your bloodstream for fighting off an HSV infection. These levels are higher when there’s been a previous herpes infection or if there’s a current outbreak.
  • Virus culture: A small sample is taken from the fluid oozing from a sore, or from the area of infection if there isn’t an open sore. They’ll send the sample to a laboratory to be analyzed for the presence of HSV-2 viral material to confirm a diagnosis.
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test: First, a blood sample or tissue sample is taken from an open sore. Then, a PCR test is done at a laboratory with DNA from your sample to check for the presence of viral material in your blood — this is known as the viral load. This test can confirm an HSV diagnosis and tell the difference between HSV-1 and HSV

Treatment

Genital herpes can’t be completely cured. But there are plenty of treatments for the symptoms of an outbreak and to help keep outbreaks from happening — or at least to reduce how many a person has throughout their life.

Antiviral medications are the most common form of treatment for genital herpes infections.

Antiviral treatments can stop the virus from multiplying inside the body, lowering the chances that the infection will spread and cause an outbreak. They can also help prevent transmitting the virus to sexual partners.

Some common antiviral treatments for genital herpes include:

A doctor may only recommend antiviral treatments if a person starts to see symptoms of an outbreak. But they may need to take daily antiviral medication if they have outbreaks often, especially if they’re severe.

A doctor may recommend pain medications like ibuprofen (Advil) to help reduce any pain or discomfort before and during an outbreak.

An ice pack wrapped in a clean towel and placed on the genitals can help to reduce inflammation during an outbreak.

Prevention

Below are some methods to make sure herpes isn’t transmitted or contracted from another person:

  • Have partners wear a condom or other protective barrier when having sex. This can help protect the genital area from fluid carrying the herpes virus in a partner’s genitals. Keep in mind that a person with a penis doesn’t need to ejaculate to pass the virus to their partners — touching tissue infected with the virus with the mouth, genitals, or anus can cause exposure to the virus.
  • Get tested regularly to make sure there’s no HSV infection, especially if you’re sexually active. Make sure partners are tested before having sex.
  • Limit the number of sexual partners to reduce the chances of exposure to the virus unknowingly from a new partner or a partner that may be having sex with other partners.
  • Don’t use douches or scented products for your vagina. Douching can disrupt the balance of healthy bacteria in the vagina and increase the susceptibility to both viral and bacterial infections.

How to cope

You are not alone. Tens of millions of other people are going through the exact same thing.

Try talking to someone you’re close to about your experiences with genital herpes.

Having a friendly ear, especially someone who may also be going through the same thing, can make the pain and discomfort that much easier. They may even be able to provide some tips on how to best manage symptoms.

If you’re not comfortable talking with a friend, try finding a genital herpes support group. This can be a traditional meet-up group in your city, or an online community on places like Facebook or Reddit for people to talk openly, and sometimes anonymously, about their experiences.

The bottom line

Genital herpes is one of the more common STIs. Symptoms are not always immediately noticeable, so it’s important to see a doctor and get tested right away if you think you may have contracted an infection and want to avoid transmitting it.

Even though there’s no cure, antiviral treatments can keep the number of outbreaks and severity of symptoms to a minimum.

Just remember that a person can still transmit genital herpes to someone even when not having an outbreak, so practice safe sex at all times to make sure the virus doesn’t spread.

Sours: https://www.healthline.com/health/sexually-transmitted-diseases/herpes-symptoms-women

What Does a Herpes Rash Look Like?

Typical Lesions on Finger

This picture shows a herpetic whitlow, or herpes infection of the finger, that has blisters and sores. Herpetic whitlow will go away on its own, although often Zovirax (topical acyclovir) is given for treatment.

Oral antivirals are generally not needed unless the infection is severe or a person has a weak immune system. 

Summary

HSV-1 was formerly known as oral herpes and HSV-2 as genital herpes, but both types can occur anywhere on the body. In fact, herpes virus infections are common on the finger and in one or both eyes.

Though their appearance can vary, they usually cause a red patch with fluid-filled blisters. The blisters will pop and ooze, turning into sores that eventually crust over.

Especially during the first outbreak, sores can be painful and even be accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Herpes simplex infections can mimic other skin conditions and some people have no symptoms at all.

A Word From Verywell

Herpes virus infections are common. While they cannot be cured, they can be managed and prevented with medication. If you are concerned you have been infected with the herpes virus, see your healthcare provider for an evaluation. Your healthcare provider may take a sample of the sore to confirm the diagnosis.

Sours: https://www.verywellhealth.com/herpes-simplex-pictures
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Sacral Herpes

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Overview

Herpes simplex infection of the lower back and buttocks—also called sacral herpes simplex or genital herpes—is a common recurrent skin condition associated with infection by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV infection usually appears as small blisters or sores around the mouth, nose, genitals, buttocks, and lower back, though infections can develop almost anywhere on the skin. Furthermore, these tender sores may come back periodically in the same sites.

Infections with the herpes simplex virus are very contagious and are spread by direct contact with the skin lesions. There are 2 types of HSV: Type 1 and Type 2. HSV Type 1 (HSV-1) infections usually occur around the mouth, lips, nose, or face, while HSV Type 2 (HSV-2) infections usually involve the genitals, lower back, or buttocks. However, HSV-1 can sometimes cause infections in the genitals or buttocks, while HSV-2 can occasionally cause infections around the mouth, lips, nose, or face.

Both types of herpes simplex virus produce 2 kinds of infections: primary and recurrent. Because it so contagious, HSV causes a primary infection in most people who are exposed to the virus. However, only about 20% of people who are infected with HSV actually develop visible blisters or sores. Appearing 2–12 days after a person's first exposure to HSV, the sores of a primary infection last about 1–3 weeks. These sores heal completely, rarely leaving a scar. Nevertheless, the virus remains in the body, hibernating in nerve cells.

Certain triggers can cause the hibernating (latent) virus to wake up, become active, and travel back to the skin. These recurrent herpes simplex virus infections may develop frequently (every few weeks), or they may never develop. Recurrent infections tend to be milder than primary infections and generally occur in the same location as the primary infection.

HSV-2 infections are transmitted sexually or from a mother's genital tract to her newborn baby. HSV-2 is often spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with active lesions on another person. However, people who have herpes simplex virus infections may be contagious even when they do not have any skin lesions, which is called asymptomatic shedding.

Because sacral HSV is not located in the groin area, people may not realize that they have a form of genital herpes. In fact, they may think that they have a recurrent skin condition such as shingles, a yeast infection, or an allergic reaction. However, sacral herpes is considered to be a form of genital herpes.

Who's at risk?

Herpes simplex virus infections occur in people of all races, of all ages, and of both sexes. However, the 2 groups most commonly infected with HSV-2 include newborns, who contract it from their infected mothers during birth, and sexually active teenagers and adults, who contract it from their sexual partners. Up to 1 in 5 Americans over the age of 12 may be infected with HSV

Remember that only 20% of people who are infected with the herpes simplex virus actually develop visible blisters or sores. That means that approximately 80% of people with HSV infections have not been diagnosed and are unaware of their condition. Nevertheless, they can still transmit the infection to others.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common locations for sacral herpes simplex include:

  • Lower back
  • Right or left buttock
  • Both buttocks
In women, other locations for HSV-2 infections include:
  • External genitalia
  • Labia majora and minora
  • Vagina
  • Cervix
  • Around the anus
In men, other locations for HSV-2 infections include:
  • Head and shaft of penis
  • Scrotum
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Around the anus
Shortly after exposure to the virus, a newly infected person may develop fluid-filled blisters (vesicles) or pus-filled bumps (pustules), occurring singly or in a group. These vesicles and pustules are usually quite fragile, so many people never notice them but instead see tiny open sores (ulcers). These painful ulcers subsequently become scabbed over. The scabs eventually fall off, leaving a red area that fades. The primary outbreak typically lasts 1–3 weeks.

In mild cases of primary herpes simplex virus infection, an individual may develop 1 or 2 lesions or may notice no symptoms at all. The lymph nodes in the groin may or may not be swollen. In severe cases of primary HSV-2 infection, people may develop fever, headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to bright lights, muscle pain, painful urination, and discharge from the vagina or urethra.

Repeat (recurrent) herpes simplex virus infections are often milder than the primary infection, though they look alike. However, some people never develop the symptoms of a primary HSV infection and may mistake a recurrent infection for a primary infection. A recurrent infection typically lasts 7–10 days. People who are prone to recurrent outbreaks tend to get them 3–4 times per year, though some may have 10 or more outbreaks per year.

Many people with recurrent sacral herpes infections report that the skin lesions are preceded by sensations of burning, itching, or tingling (prodrome). About 24 hours after the prodrome symptoms begin, the actual lesions appear as one or more small blisters or open sores, which eventually become scabbed over.

Triggers of recurrent HSV infections include:
  • Fever or illness
  • Sun exposure
  • Hormonal changes, such as those due to menstruation or pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Trauma, such as that caused by dental work or cuts from shaving
  • Surgery
  • Friction to the area, such as that caused by sexual intercourse or tight-fitting clothes

Self-Care Guidelines

Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help reduce fever, muscle aches, and pain caused by the herpes virus sores. Applying cool compresses or ice packs may relieve some of the swelling and discomfort. Wear loose-fitting clothes that won't irritate your skin.

Because herpes simplex infections are very contagious, it is important to take the following steps to prevent spread (transmission) of the virus during the prodrome phase (burning, tingling, or itching) and active phase (presence of blisters or sores) of HSV-2 infections:

  • Avoid sharing towels and other personal care items.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water if you touch an active lesion.
  • Avoid sexual contact (including oral, vaginal, and anal sex) during both the prodrome phase and the active phase.
Unfortunately, the virus can still be transmitted even when someone does not have active lesions. Therefore, safe sex practices such as using a condom should be used between outbreaks, even if no sores are present on the lower back or buttocks.

When to Seek Medical Care

If you develop tender, painful sores on the lower back or buttocks, see a physician as soon as possible, since treatment is much more effective if started early.

Recurrent outbreaks rarely require immediate medical attention. However, because some people have milder forms of genital herpes, you should also see a doctor for any recurring rash on the lower back or buttocks, even if you think it is from bug bites, ingrown hairs, or any other condition.

If you have an underlying medical condition such as cancer or HIV, if you have undergone organ transplantation, or if you are pregnant, you are at higher risk for more serious complications. Seek medical advice as soon as possible, especially if you are at high risk for complications.

Treatments Your Physician May Prescribe

Most herpes simplex virus infections are easy for physicians to diagnose. On occasion, however, a swab from the infected skin may be sent to the laboratory for viral culture, which takes a few days to grow. Blood tests may also be performed.

Untreated herpes simplex virus infections will go away on their own, but medications can reduce the symptoms and shorten the duration of outbreaks. There is no cure for herpes simplex virus infection.

Treatment for primary herpes simplex virus infection includes the following oral antiviral medications:

  • Acyclovir pills
  • Valacyclovir pills
  • Famciclovir pills
These medications are usually taken for 7–14 days.

More severe primary herpes simplex virus infection may require additional medications:
  • Oral antibiotic pills if the areas are also infected with bacteria
  • Oral antifungal pills if the areas are also infected with yeast
  • Topical anesthetic cream, such as lidocaine ointment, to reduce pain
Treatment for recurrent herpes simplex virus infection includes the same oral antiviral medications:
  • Acyclovir pills
  • Valacyclovir pills
  • Famciclovir pills
People who experience early signs (prodromes) before recurrent infections may benefit from episodic treatment by starting to take medication after the onset of tingling and burning but before the appearance of blisters and sores.

Other people have recurrent infections that are frequent enough or severe enough to justify suppressive therapy, where medications are taken every day in order to decrease the frequency and severity of attacks.

Trusted Links

MedlinePlus: Herpes SimplexClinical Information and Differential Diagnosis of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Sacral

References

Bolognia, Jean L., ed. Dermatology, pp New York: Mosby,

Freedberg, Irwin M., ed. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. 6th ed, pp New York: McGraw-Hill,

Sours: https://www.skinsight.com/skin-conditions/adult/sacral-herpes-simplex-virus-hsv

What does herpes look like?

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Herpes sores can affect many areas of the body, including the mouth, genitals, and eyes. Knowing what herpes looks like across the body can help people diagnose the condition.

Herpes is a skin condition caused by the herpes simplex virus. The symptoms include sores that come and go over time. Different types of herpes affect different body parts.

This article will explain what herpes is, how people get it, and what herpes looks like with pictures.

What does herpes look like?

Most people with HSV are asymptomatic, meaning they will not experience any symptoms. Others will notice sores or lesions. These sores look like blisters filled with fluid. Over a few days, the sores break open, ooze, and form a crust before healing.

People may also notice a tingling, itching, or burning feeling a few days before the sores appear. Some people may also experience flu-like symptoms, such as:

Someone who has contracted the virus will usually have their first sores, or an outbreak, between 2 and 20 days later. The sores may last up to a week or 10 days.

An outbreak may involve a single sore or a cluster of sores. They often affect the skin around the mouth, the genitals, or the rectum. The blisters can take between 2 and 4 weeks to heal.

The symptoms will usually reappear from time to time, though they do not tend to be as severe as the first time.

The following sections discuss the symptoms of herpes that arise on commonly affected body parts.

What is herpes?

Herpes is a mild condition that causes small sores to appear on the skin.

People develop herpes after being exposed to the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of this virus:

  • herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), or oral herpes, which usually affects the mouth
  • herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), or genital herpes, which generally affects the genitals

According to the , 67 percent of people under 50 years old have the HSV-1 virus, and 11 percent of 15 to 49 year-olds have the HSV-2 infection worldwide.

Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can occur on the face or the genitals. People can contract both herpes viruses through bodily fluids, including genital fluids and saliva.

Once someone has the virus, the symptoms can flare up from time to time for the rest of their life. While the sores can be uncomfortable and even painful, they are not usually dangerous for otherwise healthy adults.

Mouth

In oral herpes, most blisters appear on the lips or mouth. They can also form elsewhere on the face, especially around the chin and below the nose, or on the tongue.

At first, the sores look similar to small bumps or pimples before developing into pus-filled blisters. These may be red, yellow or white. Once they burst, a clear or yellow liquid will run out, before the blister develops a yellow crust and heals.

People with oral herpes may experience swollen lymph nodes in the neck during an outbreak.

Female genitals

Females with genital herpes may develop sores on the vulva, which is the external part of the genitals that includes the outer lips (labia), or inside the vagina. It may be difficult to see sores that develop inside the vagina.

Genital sores vary in size and number, but as with oral herpes, they look like pimples or blisters filled with fluid. They will burst and develop a yellowy crust as they heal.

Females are more likely to have trouble urinating during a genital herpes outbreak than men. They may experience a burning sensation while passing urine. They may also notice they have swollen lymph nodes in their groin.

Male genitals

Males with genital herpes may develop sores on and around the penis.

Small red or white pimples develop into larger, fluid-filled sores that may be red, white or yellow. As with oral herpes and female genital herpes, these sores tend to burst before crusting over.

Along with other flu-like symptoms, men may experience swollen lymph nodes in their groin.

Rectum

Both men and women with genital herpes may develop sores or blisters on the buttocks or around the rectum.

A person may notice open, red wounds on or around the anus.

Herpes sores may also appear around the rectum, and a person may also develop swollen lymph nodes in the groin.

Fingers

Herpes blisters can also develop on the fingers. This is called herpetic whitlow and is most common in children who suck their thumb.

Herpes can cause one or more sores to develop around the fingernail. A person will often experience pain or a tingling sensation in the area before the sore develops.

If multiple sores appear, they tend to join up and become one large, honeycomb-like blister within a week. They may also spread to the nail bed.

Eyes

Herpes keratitis refers to a herpes infection in the eye. It may affect one or both eyes and causes:

  • eye pain
  • sensitivity to light
  • discharge from the eye

Anyone who suspects herpes keratitis should see a doctor. Without treatment, the infection can scar the eye, leading to cloudy vision, or even vision loss.

Summary

Herpes is a mild skin condition caused by the herpes simplex virus. It causes blister-like sores to appear anywhere on the body. The most commonly affected areas include around the mouth, the genitals, and buttocks.

There is no cure for HSV, and people who have contracted the virus will usually experience breakouts from time to time. The sores usually clear up on their own, though people can help treat outbreaks using antiviral medicine, such as:

  • acyclovir
  • famciclovir
  • valacyclovir

These treatments, which are available as creams or pills from drug stores or on prescription, can shorten the duration of a herpes outbreak.

To avoid transmitting herpes to other people, avoid skin-to-skin contact during flare-ups of symptoms, especially when the sores are open.

When a person has genital herpes, they can reduce the risk of transmitting the virus by using a condom between outbreaks. People with oral herpes can reduce the risk of transmission by avoiding kissing, sharing tableware, or performing oral sex during an outbreak.

Antiviral medication is available for purchase online.

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Genital Herpes

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Overview

Genital herpes is a recurrent, lifelong skin infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are 2 types of HSV: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Genital herpes is usually caused by HSV-2 but can occasionally be due to HSV Herpes lesions on the face, sometimes referred to as cold sores, are primarily due to HSV HSV infections are contagious and are spread to other people by skin-to-skin contact with the infected area.

Both types of HSV produce 2 kinds of infections: primary and recurrent. Because it is so contagious, HSV causes a primary infection in most people who are exposed to the virus. However, only about 20% of people who are infected with HSV actually develop visible blisters or sores. Appearing 5–6 days after a person's first exposure to HSV, the sores of a primary infection last about 2–6 weeks. These sores heal completely, rarely leaving a scar. Nevertheless, the virus remains in the body, hibernating in nerve cells.

Certain triggers can cause the hibernating virus to wake up, become active, and travel back to the skin, causing a recurrent infection. These outbreaks tend to be milder than primary infections and generally occur in the same location as the primary infection. The frequency of recurrence is unpredictable and tends to become less over time.

Who's at risk?

Genital herpes can affect anyone who is sexually active. In fact, approximately 10–60% of the general population is infected with genital herpes.

Herpes is spread from person to person by direct skin-to-skin contact. The virus is most contagious when there are visible sores in the genital region. HSV can also be spread when there are no sores present, however, which is called asymptomatic shedding. Remember that only 20% of people who are infected with HSV actually develop visible blisters or sores, which means that approximately 80% of people with HSV have not been diagnosed and are unaware of their condition. Therefore, they can unknowingly transmit the infection to their sexual partners.

Signs and Symptoms

A few days after exposure to HSV, a newly infected person typically develops a group of painful blisters or pus-filled bumps in the genital region. Because these fluid-filled lesions easily burst, many people never even notice them but instead see small, painful red sores or ulcers. These lesions usually last for 2–6 weeks for a primary infection and 5–10 days for recurrent infections. Eventually, a scab develops over each sore, which then falls off, leaving a red area that fades with time.

In women, the most common locations for HSV-2 infection are the external genitalia, vagina, cervix, and anus. In men, the most common locations for HSV-2 infection are the penis, scrotum, upper thighs, buttocks, and anus.

Primary genital HSV infection can be severe, with many painful blisters causing pain or burning with urination and vaginal or urethral discharge. People may also develop fever, headache, muscle ache, and fatigue with a primary outbreak.

Recurrent HSV infections are usually milder than the primary infection, though the lesions look similar. Many people with recurrent HSV infections have burning, tingling, or pain in the area of the outbreak up to 24 hours before any visible signs. This is called the prodromal phase of the infection. Because many people never develop the symptoms of a primary HSV infection, they may mistake a recurrent infection for a primary infection. 

Most people will have a recurrence of genital herpes during the first year after a primary infection. On average, most people will get about 4 outbreaks per year, although the frequency of recurrence is extremely variable and tends to decrease over the years.

A recurrence of genital herpes usually occurs spontaneously, but it can also be triggered by the following:

  • Fever or illness
  • Sun exposure
  • Hormonal changes, such as those due to menstruation or pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Trauma, such as those caused by dental work or cuts from shaving
  • Surgery
  • Immunosuppression
  • Friction to the area – for example, with sexual intercourse or tight-fitting clothes

Self-Care Guidelines

Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) may help reduce pain, fever, and muscle aches that accompany the herpes sores. Applying ice packs or baking soda compresses may relieve some of the swelling and discomfort. Wear loose-fitting clothes and cotton underwear, and keep the infected area clean and dry.

Because HSV infections are very contagious, it is important to take the following steps to prevent spread of the virus during the prodrome phase (burning, tingling, or pain) and active phase (presence of blisters or sores) of genital HSV infections:

  • Avoid sharing towels and other personal care items.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water if you touch an active lesion. HSV can be spread to other parts of your body via infected hands.
  • Avoid sexual contact (including oral, vaginal, and anal sex) during both the prodrome phase and the active phase.

Unfortunately, the virus can still be spread even when someone does not have lesions. Therefore, condoms should be used between outbreaks, even if no sores are present.

When to Seek Medical Care

If you develop new painful sores in or around the genitals, see a physician as soon as possible because treatment is much more effective if started early.

Recurrent outbreaks of genital HSV usually do not require a visit to the doctor. However, because some people have milder forms of herpes, you should also see a doctor for any recurring rash in the genital area, even if you think it is from bug bites, jock itch, or any other condition.

If you have an underlying medical condition such as cancer or HIV, if you have undergone organ transplantation, or if you are pregnant, you are at higher risk for more serious complications from genital herpes. Seek medical advice as soon as possible if you develop any lesions.

Genital herpes can also be passed to a newborn baby during delivery through contact with a lesion in the mother's genital tract. Be sure to speak with your obstetrician about the possible risk to your baby if you have genital herpes.

Treatments Your Physician May Prescribe

Most HSV infections are easy for physicians to diagnose. On occasion, however, a swab from the infected skin may be sent to the laboratory to confirm the diagnosis. A blood test may also be performed to determine if you have been exposed to the virus. Your doctor may also recommend a blood test for your partner to determine if he/she has been exposed to herpes in the past, or is at risk for contracting the virus.

Untreated HSV infections will go away on their own, but antiviral medications can reduce symptoms, shorten the duration of outbreaks, and decrease the chance of spreading the virus. These medicines are most effective if taken during the first 24 hours of symptoms. If you experience burning and tingling before the appearance of blisters, you can start the medicine as soon as you feel these symptoms. Unfortunately, these medicines do not cure HSV infections.

Treatment for primary and recurrent HSV infections are oral antiviral medications, such as acyclovir (Zovirax®), valacyclovir (Valtrex®), and famciclovir (Famvir®). Each of these medications is equally effective and usually taken for 7–10 days for primary infections and 1–5 days (depending on dose) for recurrent infections. Talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for these medicines for possible future outbreaks, as they are most effective if taken early on.

More severe HSV infections may require additional medications such as:

  • Oral antibiotics if the area is also infected with bacteria
  • Oral antifungals if the area is also infected with yeast
  • Topical anesthetic cream, such as lidocaine ointment, to reduce pain

If you have frequent or severe herpes outbreaks, your doctor may recommend taking an antiviral medication every day to decrease the frequency and severity of attacks. This type of therapy may also be effective in decreasing the chance that an uninfected partner will acquire the virus. If you are taking a daily antiviral medicine to suppress your outbreaks, talk to your doctor about stopping these medicines yearly to see if you still need daily treatment.

Trusted Links

MedlinePlus: Genital Herpes
Clinical Information and Differential Diagnosis of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Genital

References

nia, Jean L., ed. Dermatology, pp, , New York: Mosby,

Freedberg, Irwin M., ed. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. 6th ed, pp New York: McGraw-Hill,

Gupta R, Warren T, Wald A. Genital herpes. Lancet. Dec 22; ()

Sours: https://www.skinsight.com/skin-conditions/adult/genital-herpes-simplex-virus-hsv
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