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The Symptoms Of Genital Herpes

by on July 13, 2012 · 0 comments

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So, you have some itchy, tingling, or painful lesions and redness on or around your genital area that is causing you to question whether or not you are facing something serious.

I’m sure you mind is swirling, re-thinking any sexual encounters you may have had in the last few weeks, and wondering just what the hell these blisters are a sign of.

Well, there is a chance you may have genital herpes, or HSV-2. But before you freak out and think the worst, it may help you to know the symptoms of genital herpes so you determine if what you are experiencing might be HSV-2 virus.

But first, what is genital herpes?

Genital Herpes 101

Genital herpes is a viral infection that is transmitted through person-to-person contact with the mucous-covered linings of the mouth, the vagina, or the genital skin.

The virus then enters the skin through microscopic tears, which are quite common during sexual activity, and travels to the roots of your nerves near your spinal cord and lives there permanently.  

When you experience an outbreak, the virus travels down these nerve fibers to the area where you had the original infection, and when it reaches the skin is when you typically see the redness and blisters form.

After your first initial break out, your subsequent break outs should be more few and far between, and eventually quite sporadic. But that doesn’t mean you are free of the virus.

In fact, it has been estimated that 60% of sexually active adults may be carrying the herpes virus. And while that number may seem ridiculously high, it is due to the fact that many carriers don’t even realize they have the virus because they have few to no symptoms. Especially women.

So what are the symptoms of genital herpes? Well, genital herpes usually come with 2 sets of symptoms: primary and secondary.

The Primary Symptoms Of Genital Herpes

A primary genital herpes outbreak usually happens when the carrier is newly infected with the virus.

These symptoms are usually more severe the first time around and can pop up within a few days of exposure, or even after months or years. Essentially it all depends on your immune system.

Regardless of when you first experience your symptoms, you can expect them to last for up to 22 days and include penile or vaginal discharge, fever, body aches, headaches, sore throat, sinus pain, blisters around or inside the genital area, pain while urinating, ulcers around the rectum, rear end, and thighs, painful red blisters that can look like a pimple or ingrown hair, severe ulcers on a woman’s cervix or a man’s penis or scrotum, and generally feeling unwell.

It is important for those who may be experiencing any of these symptoms to get them checked out as some people may confuse their symptoms with a bad flu, unless of course they are experiencing blisters and lesions.

Nevertheless, if you are experiencing, or have experienced, any of these symptoms it is best that you book an appointment with your doctor or at a sexual health clinic to find out if you do in fact have genital herpes.

For those of you who may already know you have genital herpes, you may experience some secondary symptoms. But do you know what to look for?

The Secondary Symptoms Of Genital Herpes 

While the primary symptoms are usually the worst, the secondary symptoms, while less severe, are still quite similar.

These symptoms can include anything from reoccurring rashes, itchiness, tingling sensations, small lesions, and your skin can become highly sensitive, with the slightest touch leading to inflammation.

And even though there is no cure for this infection, the outbreaks will become less and less frequent, and more tolerable, with time.

What Should I Do Now?

If you have read through all the symptoms and still feel as though you may have contracted genital herpes then it is imperative that you book yourself an appointment to see your doctor, or book an appointment at your nearest sexual health clinic so you can find out once and for all if you have contracted the virus.

However, if you already know you have been infected with it and are looking for a discreet way of helping to treat your outbreaks so they are more tolerable then check out our list of the current genital herpes treatments on the market today.

Whatever you decide to do, you need to make sure you speak to someone about your infection and learn ways of adjusting and dealing with this new stage in your life.

Most importantly, remember you are not alone.

And even more importantly, this is not a death sentence. You can still live a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life.

So with that being said, we want to hear from you. Do you think you may have contracted genital herpes or are you currently living with it? Leave a comment below with your thoughts, experiences, questions, or any advice that other sufferers may find helpful.

We strive to keep this community discreet so please don’t be shy, speak up and help others cope and deal with this new time in their lives.

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