Herpes Symptoms in Women

Few Important Facts about Herpes Symptoms

Herpes symptoms in women can be very painful to bear. Though initially it may be mild but once it occurs it stays for the rest of the life. There are a few important facts about herpes symptoms which women should know so that they can take preventive measures from beforehand rather than wait for it to become even more painful.

Herpes is a dangerous and painful disease which may happen to both men and women but women are more likely to suffer from it. In USA, 1 in 4 women develop this disease. Once it develops, it remains there for the whole of the life, sometimes dormant and sometimes active. It causes painful occurrence of blisters in the genital area.

Transmission of Genital Herpes- Genital Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease and it can get transmitted through saliva, semen, cervical fluid. Women are more likely to get this disease from an infected man. This happens because the genital area of women has a greater surface area of cells which may be moist with body fluids; also the hormonal changes which occur during menstrual cycle too can affect the immune system which also helps the herpes virus to cause an infection.

Symptoms of genital herpes- Once exposed to the virus of genital herpes it may take around 2-7 days before the symptoms appear. However most women fail to notice any of these symptoms as they are quite mild. The first outbreak may last on an average for three weeks. Herpes can even be misunderstood as boils. Often the herpes infection can even be misdiagnosed as yeast infection or pelvic inflammatory disease. But if any kind of vaginal discharge or discomfort occurs it is important to consult the doctor.

Early symptoms of Genital Herpes- Before the outbreak of herpes, the woman may suffer from any of the following symptoms- pain during passing of urine, unusual discharge from the vagina, itching or burning sensation in the vagina and surrounding areas, some may even experience mild fever, headache, nausea, muscle and joint pain.

But once the outbreak begins, the woman may suffer from itching in the vaginal area, redness and rashes may also appear, sores as small as pimples or as large as a coin may also appear. These sores will then burst and the process may continue for a long period of time. The problem can even affect the buttocks, genitals, anus also, they may even assume the form of lesions as well. These blisters are very painful to touch. Apart from this, the woman may even get swollen lymph nodes in the groin. The skin may become red in colour and very sensitive. Sometimes there can be pain in the lower back or headache as well.

If these symptoms are not treated on time they may occur on a monthly basis, thus becoming a source of discomfort and depression. Though there is no effective cure for herpes but it should be immediately dealt with since there is a possibility that it can even be transmitted to the life partner.

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