One of the most highly occurring sexually transmitted diseases is the United States is genital herpes. This is caused by the transmission of the herpes simplex virus from one person to the other during sexual intercourse. Once the virus is transmitted, it travels along the nerve paths of the receiver where it becomes dormant or stays active. After this, every time the virus becomes active it results in an outbreak of symptoms. A lot of people do not even realize that they have herpes because their symptoms are either absent completely or occurring in very mild amounts. Also, if one infected person engages in intercourse with the other, they are certain to get infected even if a condom is being used. Herpes can result in an outbreak of either very mild or extreme symptoms which are given here.
There is no such thing as typical signs of herpes, but for most people they start off with an irritation in the genital areas and this could be in the form of redness and dry and itchy skin. This is usually accompanied by tingling bring about an uncomfortable situation in the genital area and may cause discomfort to the patient. If it is a mild outbreak then the symptoms usually stop here and can be treated by some external medicine. However, if there is a more serious outbreak then the mild symptoms are followed by more serious symptoms of herpes.
After the skin becomes irritated, it is sometimes followed by symptoms which are of a more serious nature. These usually start off with chafing of the skin around the genital area which can get very irritating and itchy. Next up, a clear rash breaks out in that area making it difficult for you to walk properly because your thighs touching each other while walking make it very painful. Small cracks randomly appearing in the skin is also a symptom of herpes. Not only that, but small blisters have also known to be developed which then burst and become ulcers. These ulcers sometimes occur in the urethra and therefore, urinating becomes an incredibly painful procedure. A summary of the severe symptoms of herpes;
It is important however, to note that herpes also has flu like symptoms of fever, backache and a sore body. As a result, herpes should not be mistaken as a common flu and the same applies vice versa. Not only that, but other non sexually transmitted diseases like thrush also have similar symptoms so confusion between those two should also be avoided. The best idea here is to seek medical help as soon as possible. As soon as you start experiencing such symptoms you should go see a doctor. The doctor will perform a physical exam and take a swab sample from your genital area which will tell you whether you have herpes for sure or not.