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Herpes - Genital

Herpes simplex infection of the genitals, most commonly caused by the herpes simplex-2 virus.

Symptoms of Herpes - Genital

The following features are indicative of Herpes - Genital:
  • pain or itching
  • small red bumps
  • tiny white blisters
  • ulcers
  • scabs
  • sores
  • tingling
  • burning sensation
It is possible that Herpes - Genital shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Herpes - Genital

The following are the most common causes of Herpes - Genital:
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) -1
  • Herpes Simplex Virus -2

Risk Factors for Herpes - Genital

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Herpes - Genital:
  • woman
  • multiple sexual partners

Prevention of Herpes - Genital

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Herpes - Genital. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • use a latex condom during every sexual contact
  • avoid intercourse if either partner has an outbreak of herpes in the genital area or anywhere else

Occurrence of Herpes - Genital

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Herpes - Genital cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Herpes - Genital most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 20-50 years

Common Gender

Herpes - Genital can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Herpes - Genital

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Herpes - Genital:
  • Viral culture: To examine a tissue sample or scraping of the sores in the laboratory
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test: To copy DNA from a sample of the blood or a tissue from a sore or spinal fluid
  • Blood test: To detect the presence of HSV

Doctor for Diagnosis of Herpes - Genital

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Herpes - Genital:
  • Gynaecologist

Complications of Herpes - Genital if untreated

Yes, Herpes - Genital causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Herpes - Genital is left untreated:
  • other sexually transmitted infections
  • newborn infection
  • bladder problems
  • meningitis
  • rectal inflammation

Procedures for Treatment of Herpes - Genital

The following procedures are used to treat Herpes - Genital:
  • no methods

Self-care for Herpes - Genital

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Herpes - Genital:
  • Limit sexual contact to only one person: Helps in preventing genital herpes

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Herpes - Genital

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Herpes - Genital:
  • Apply ice packs to the affected area: Helps in relieving symptoms and lowering the frequency of recurrence

Patient Support for Treatment of Herpes - Genital

The following actions may help Herpes - Genital patients:
  • Communicate with your partner: Talk to your partner about the disease
  • Education: Learn how to live with this disease and reduce the chances of infection
  • Join a support group: Join a support group online to learn about other's experiences

Time for Treatment of Herpes - Genital

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Herpes - Genital to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

Is Herpes - Genital Infectious?

Yes, Herpes - Genital is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • oral sex
  • skin to skin contacts

Related Topics

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Herpes - Genital.

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