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Early Signs of Genital Herpes - How to Recognize it

By Mary Smith. Updated: December 18, 2018
Early Signs of Genital Herpes - How to Recognize it

Do you think you have genital herpes? You should know that this type of STD (sexually transmitted disease) is not always easy to recognize because, in many cases, patients do not experience any particular symptom. The main risk of this disease is that it is highly contagious and, currently, there is no treatment to completely eliminate the virus, so it is important to know if you have it to be able to maintain appropriate protection measures. In this oneHOWTO article, we tell you abouthow to recognize the early signs of genital herpes.

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Steps to follow:
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In order to know if you have genital herpes, it's important, first, to analyze the risks that you have had when having sexual relationships because, as mentioned, it's a highly infectious virus. You are at risk of suffering from herpes if you've experienced any of these situations:

  • If you have had oral sex or penetrative sex with someone who has the infection. Remember that people who have been infected with this virus once, do not eliminate it from their body because there is no treatment to remove it.
  • If you've had unprotected sex with strangers.
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Another way of recognizing genital herpes is by its symptoms, although this is not always reliable since, as we have said, there are not always specific symptoms of this virus. The most common visible effects of the virus include the following:

  • A feeling of general malaise , similar to the flu: tiredness, headache, temperature, etc.
  • The ganglia can be swollen as a result of herpes.
  • In women, genital herpes can appear on the lips of the vagina, the anus, buttocks, thighs and on the cervix.
  • In men, symptoms of herpes usually appear on the penis, anus, scrotum, thighs and buttocks.
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If you have any kind of suspicion of having genital herpes, either by the appearance of any of the symptoms listed in the previous point or because you have had unprotected sex, it's vital that you go to a doctor so that they carry out a medical exam where they can grow the virus and know what type it is. These tests will be done taking a sample from one of the sores that have appeared on you or, if you don't have any, from a blood test.

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Either genital or oral herpes is a type of infection that has no definite cure. That means that once you have been infected with this virus, it will be within your body and can keep appearing. Although it cannot be cured, it can be treated to relieve the symptoms of the virus. Typically, doctors prescribe a type of antiviral medication which helps to reduce pain and heal the wounds caused by the virus.

However, you cannot abuse these drugs because they have a number of side effects, such as:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and / or vomiting
  • Appearance of a rash and itchy skin
  • Trembling and seizures
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There are also some home remedies that can help combat the symptoms of herpes and manage to treat the infection. For example, black tea is a good choice because it has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that can lessen the sting of wounds. You will have to apply the cold tea bag to the area and press it slightly so that the infection improves. The cold is also a good ally to reduce inflammation and relieve itching. Ice is therefore another possible treatment for genital herpes.

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When you are suffering from genital herpes ulcers, you have to take into account a number of points of special care in your everyday life that will mean they do not get worse and the pain does not become more severe. Things you should take care with include:

  • Don't wear nylon garments and / or synthetic materials (socks, underwear, trousers, etc). Opt for clothes made from cotton.
  • Clean the area with sores frequently with warm water and unperfumed soap with neutral pH. In this way you will manage to avoid getting infected.
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To prevent the spread of genital herpes, basically one premise is recommended: use a condom in each sexual relationship. It is a contraception method that also prevents the spread of sexual diseases and is highly effective. You can use both the male and the female condom as both types mean that infections are not passed from one body to another. When a person has oral herpes you should also avoid oral sex because, if you do it, you can get infected from the infection.

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Tips
  • If you have pimples on your genitals, quickly go to your GP's consultation.

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