Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and is triggered by a virus called herpes simplex virus (HSV). Unfortunately enough, genital herpes is a long term condition whereby the virus stays in your body with high chances of becoming active again. After the first infection by the virus, the average rate at which it becomes active again is 4 to 5 times in about 2 years. Over time though, the infection occurs less frequently and the severity of outbreaks also reduces.
The symptoms of the condition however can be very tricky owing to the fact that most people, who get infected by genital herpes, do not even experience any symptoms on getting first infected by the HSV and hence, they do not even realize that they are infected. In fact, symptoms may not appear for months or even years post getting infected with HSV.
But if you do experience early symptoms, it is usually four to seven days after you have been infected by the virus. These symptoms are more severe first time around and gradually become less severe with recurrent infections.
When this sexually transmitted infection occurs for the first time, following listed symptoms usually appear:
- Painful red blisters that break open to leave sores around your genital area, rectum, buttocks and even thighs. Though rarely, blisters may also occur inside the urethra.
- In women, blisters and ulcers also appear on the cervix.
- Itching and tingling sensation around the genital areas.
- Headaches, backaches and flu-like symptoms that include fever, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes may also occur.
The aforementioned symptoms usually last for about 20 days before sores scab and heal without leaving scars.
The recurrent infections however occur because the virus though inactive, remains in a nearby nerve in our bodies. The virus may get reactivated by travelling down the nerve to the skin and causing persistent outbreaks. The symptoms in case of recurrent infections are more or less same as in the case of first time infection but, as specified above, they occur less severely and for shorter durations.
Fortunately enough though, genital herpes is a manageable infection as there are various treatments on market that can help the sores heal faster. Effective medication can also help reduce the frequency and severity of the outbreaks. One of such treatments is Herpeset Spray, which being formulated with natural ingredients, provides effective relief from the discomfort of genital herpes.
Genital herpes is not the only STI that holds potential to disrupt your sex life. Another common sexual infection is genial warts, which is the second most commonly transmitted sexual infection in England.