There are several types of herpes viruses. They are known as herpes gestationis, (Which may not be well known), herpes simplex, herpes zoster, and the one that will be discussed now is known as herpes genital. This is probably the most common of all the herpes viruses.
Because the herpes genital virus is sexually transmitted, I feel it is an important disease to talk about. One of the symptoms of this virus is a painful rash on the genitals of a man or a woman. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus which I may write about at another time because it is also a serious virus. As many readers may already know, herpes genital is caused by sexual intercourse with an infected person.
The symptoms from this virus is itching, burning or soreness, and small blisters in the genital area. It is important to know that not all itching means that an individual has genital herpes. There can be other causes for itching, but a person must be aware that if there is itching along with blisters in the genital area, then it is necessary to proceed with the treatment that is available.
The blisters that form, eventually leave small painful ulcers which heal within 10 to 21 days. The person who is affected by these symptoms may also feel sick, have a headache and a fever. Some women find it painful when they urinate. Sometimes there are cold sores around the mouth.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for genital herpes, but If treatment starts early enough, it can create a less severity of an attack. There is an antiviral medication that helps make the ulcers less painful and they will eventually leave. However, the blisters and the itching will come back from time to time
The good news is that although there is no cure, medication can help sores heal faster, and if a person is healthy, there will be no serious problems. This also means that even if a person thinks that he/she is cured because there are no more symptoms, out breaks of the blisters and the itches usually come back periodically. It is good to know, however, that these outbreaks will occur less frequently as time goes on.
This disease can be severe in people who have impaired immune systems. Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. The last thing to remember is that the herpes virus can cause cervical cancer. It is therefore advised that women who have had herpes, should have a cervical smear test (pap smear) every one or two years.
Source: The American Medical Association, Encyclopedia of Medicine