Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that is sexually transmitted, which is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Genital herpes can be infected during oral, vaginal, anal sex or during a touch to the partner's affected genitals.
Women are much more likely to have genital herpes on the labia (on average, one in five women aged 14-49 suffer from the virus), while among men this problem is less common (one in nine men aged 14-49). And a woman to get infected with genital herpes during sex is easier from men, rather than a man from a woman. Perhaps you will ask, why do women often have herpes on the labia? The answer is quite simple: during the menstrual cycle , the woman's immune system weakens due to hormonal changes, which facilitates the infection of HSV.
Usually genital herpes among women affects the large and small labia, buttocks, urethra, vagina, and also in 80% of all cases, herpes can pose a risk of cervical cancer. During pregnancy, an infected placenta can cause spontaneous abortion, although it is also possible that a child may not become infected with the virus at all and be born healthy. In short, everything is strictly individual and the course of the disease depends on the physiological characteristics of each woman individually.
Symptoms of genital herpes in each person can manifest themselves in different ways. Often, women do not even suspect that they have herpes on the genitals, since many do not show symptoms of the presence of the virus. But in the event that the symptoms are manifested, they are quite painful. As statistics show, herpes on the labia in women is more acute and has more unpleasant consequences than men.
The incubation period can last from a few days to 2 weeks. Later, there are primary signs of herpes:
- Increased body temperature;
- Similar to flu slight pain in muscles and chills;
- Inflammation of the lymph nodes;
- Curd fuming similar to discharge in case of thrush;
- Pain during urination;
- Reddening of the labia;
- Bubbles with fluid, which later turn into painful sores;
- Severe itching near the labia or anus (especially at night).
It is important to notice the symptoms already at an early stage, because if you do not begin to treat herpes on the labia with its first manifestations, the consequences of even the seemingly innocuous symptom may turn out to be disappointing in the future. For example, a woman may have problems with reproductive function in the future.
Herpes on the labia. Treatment and prevention
In case of infection with the virus, you should immediately contact a doctor (dermatologist, infectionist or gynecologist) who will prescribe the treatment and help to relieve the relapse of the disease. It must also be understood that getting infected, it is completely impossible to recover because of the fact that this virus remains in the blood of a person! And, although the medicine against the virus has not yet been revealed, it is not a reason for panic and despair, as the scientists are working hard on the medicine for HSV. And, probably, soon will be developed a drug that will quickly cope with this disease.
- Regularly donate blood for tests to detect HSV antibodies.
- Strict observance of personal hygiene.
- It is advisable to use separate items of personal hygiene (towel, toothbrush, etc.).
- Do not have sex during another exacerbation of the virus or until the symptoms disappear completely.
- Having sex, use a condom.
- Strengthen the immune system.