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Part of your sex education should include recognition of common STDs and STIs to know what to avoid, how to deal with them, and the causes and treatments, too. In this article, we’ll give you the insights you should know about genital herpes, how to identify genital herpes, the causes of genital herpes as well as treatments of genital herpes, too.
What is Genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that causes painful blisters that are not only painful, but can also break open and release an oozing fluid that can make it contagious. It can be caused through vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Symptoms of genital herpes
If you’re not sure if you’re suffering from genital herpes or not, here are the symptoms to look out for:
- Small blisters that burst to leave red, open sores around your genitals, anus, thighs, or bottom
- A tingling, burning, or itching around your genitals
- Pain when you pee
- Unusual vaginal discharge
Causes of genital herpes
If you’re asking yourself how genital herpes spread, here are the causes of genital herpes to help you identify how you could have possibly gotten this STI or what to avoid in the future. You can get herpes if you encounter one of the following:
- A herpes sore
- Saliva from a partner with an oral herpes infection
- Genital fluids from a partner with a genital herpes infection
- Skin in the oral area of a partner with oral herpes
- Skin in the genital area of a partner with genital herpes
Treatment of genital herpes:
For starters, you should always visit a doctor if you think you might have genital herpes and most probably you’ll be provided with the following treatments:
Doctors tend to prescribe antiviral medication to speed up the recovery of the sore as well as reduce the pain. You might also be given treatments to reduce symptoms of itching, tingling, and other symptoms.
Use mild cleansers when bathing or showering in warm water. Keep the affected site clean and dry. Wear loose cotton clothing to keep the area comfortable.
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