Learn About Genital Herpes - Your Guide To Manage Herpes In Your Life
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Signs and symptoms of genital herpesfrom:
Genital herpes is a very contagious sexually transmitted
disease. Caused by exposure to the herpes simplex virus (HSV)
through vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected partner, it
is almost impossible to contract HSV through contact with
toilets, bath towels or other items that may have come in
contact with an infected person. This is because the virus dies
quickly outside of the body.
There are noticeable symptoms that come with the herpes simplex
virus, which may be confused with symptoms from other illnesses.
After years of studying cases of genital herpes, researchers
have classified outbreaks of the herpes simplex virus into the
* Primary: Primary initial infections cause the most severe
onset of symptoms. These include local and constitutional
* Non-Primary: Non Primary initial infections produce milder
symptom severity, recognized as an average between primary and
* Initial: The symptoms that accompany either a primary or
* Recurrent: Recurrent occurrences produce the mildest of
symptoms and are accompanied by a phenomenon known as prodrome.
Prodrome is the body's way of predicting when an outbreak will
occur, and a sufferer will begin to feel symptoms such as pain,
itching, or burning before the actual outbreak. This allows
someone with genital herpes to begin treatment before the
outbreak actually occurs, diminishing the severity and in some
cases eliminating the outbreak altogether.
Local symptoms are generally confined to the outbreak area and
include sores, irritation, itching and accompanying pain.
Constitutional symptoms are those symptoms that can be confused
with other illnesses and can include a fever, headache, malaise,
muscle pain or soreness, meningitis, dysuria (difficult or
painful urination), tender adenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) and
urethral or vaginal discharge.
If you find that you have sores in your genital area that are
accompanied by itching and pain, you may be suffering from
genital herpes. Once infected with the herpes simplex
virus, the virus stays in your body for life, but the visual
signs and discomfort can be treated.
Even with treatment, these visual signs of genital herpes may
come and go. When they are visible, it is commonly referred to
as a herpes outbreak, and when there are no visible signs of the
disease, it is known as silent.
If you suspect that you have genital herpes or know that you
have been exposed to them, seeking medical advice from your
primary care physician is the best place to begin to plan a
course of action for diagnosis and treatment. No matter how
uncomfortable or embarrassing the subject may be to you, it is
important that you talk openly and honestly with your doctor to
ensure the best possible treatment in the event that you have
contracted the virus.
About the author:
Professor Trevor Browne http://www.mywartsguide.com
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