Genital herpes is an extremely common and contagious infection, which is usually spread by having sex.
Herpes is an infection of the skin and mucous membranes in general, which are in the genital and surrounding locations caused by the herpes simplex type 1 or 2 infections.
– What are early signs of herpes?
The first symptom of herpes that you will notice is the swelling of your skin in the genital area, which will burn or itch.
This symptom usually appears after 1 or 2 weeks of infection throughout which time the virus multiplies in your cells and causes an outbreak.
As the herpes development progresses, other things that also develop are blisters and ulcers. While the signs are decreasing, the ulcers from scabs, then they will slowly disappear.
Common Signs throughout the early phases include:
– Fever and flu-like symptoms;
– Burning or itching experience in the genital area;
– Pain when urinating;
– Feeling sick/nauseous;
– Muscle aches and discomforts;
How to manage this signs?
In addition to taking antiviral tablets, you can also ease the signs by trying the following:
– You need to keep the genital area clean in order to avoid infection. You can utilize water or seawater to wash the affected area.
– Use an ice pack covered in a towel in order to lower the pain and soothe your skin as well.
– You will need to consume great amounts of fluids, in order to dilute your urine and make passing urine less unpleasant.
– Also, prevent wearing tight clothes because they can irritate the blisters and sores even more.
There is an antiviral therapy which can reduce the intensity or the initial herpes infection. It can also reduce the intensity of recurrences and if it is taken continuously, it can lower the possibility of recurrences.
If the infections are extreme, the pain can be reduced by salt baths or ice bags.
Iodine-containing antiseptics such as Betadine will dry out the blisters and may help avoid secondary infection.