Signs And Symptoms Of Genital Herpes – STD Information
Posted Mar 17 2009 3:17pm
If you think you may have contracted genital herpes, it is very important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms, so you can organize treatment as soon as possible. Genital herpes is not the taboo disease it is made out to be, but due to social stigma, beside the painful symptoms, sufferers can often be plagued with feelings of anxiety, guilt, and a loss of self worth.
Remember, if you do believe you’ve contracted the virus, it is a very common condition (with around 1 in 5 Americans carrying the virus) and nothing to be ashamed of. Modern medical and homeopathic treatments can control symptoms and prevent outbreaks very effectively, provided you start regular treatment. You may also consider taking a few therapy sessions, or joining an STD support group (these can be group sessions that meet once a week in a social setting, or an online group for those too shy to meet in real life. There are even social and dating sites for people with STDs where you can meet people who will really understand your situation) these therapeutic activities can address the side of genital herpes that is often ignored, which is the mental impact. You’ll find dealing with having genital herpes a lot easier if you can talk it over with someone who understands your concerns.
Signs and symptoms of genital herpes can take many forms, and can occur on varying parts of the body. The classic signs of herpes are the weeping blisters that occur on and around the genitals, on the groin and abdomen, or on the buttocks, around the anus or on the upper thighs. This type of outbreak starts with a tingling sensation, which is followed by tenderness and reddening of the groin area. This will then develop into blisters which can be small like pimples, or larger similar to cold sores. These blisters will burst and crust over. This sort of outbreak can be very uncomfortable or painful, and without treatment can last anywhere from nine days to two weeks.
Other signs and symptoms of genital herpes include an itchy rash that can occur on the genitals, buttocks and thighs, a fever, muscle soreness, and a general run-down or tired feeling. You may also experience an abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina.
If you’ve had any of these Genital herpes signs and symptoms it is important to see a doctor for a test to confirm whether or not you’ve contracted the disease, followed by a treatment regime of pharmaceutical or homeopathic medicine to control and prevent future outbreaks, and you may be able to get a reference or advice on seeking a support group or therapy sessions.
Remember, genital herpes is not the life sentence it once was, and is in fact very treatable and controllable. Herpes does not mean the end of the world, and it certainly doesn’t have to mean the end of your sex life. Don’t ignore the symptoms of genital herpes, do the right thing (which may mean getting over your embarrassment or feeling of shame or guilt, all these feelings people have cited as reasons for avoiding treatment) and you can get your life back on track.