Genital Herpes (Pimples in The Genitals) and Lab Test

Genital Herpes is commonly caused a virus called the herpes simplex type 2. Herpes simplex type 1 virus predominately causes oral herpes, but with changing sexual practices, Herpes simplex type 1 is now being increasingly found in genital herpes lesions.

Signs and symptoms of genital Herpes and what Herpes looks like

Genital herpes lesions are seen on the labia majora, perineum, vagina and cervix. The lesions begin as a red rash which develops into a vesicle (fluid filled sac) and then later on ulcerates (pops). The ulcer is extremely painful and may be accompanied by pain while urinating or urine retention.

The ulcer may become infected and there may be enlarged lymph nodes along the inner thighs. There may be flue like symptoms as well.

Genital Herpes more than once

Herpes simplex virus lies inactive in the nerve roots at the spinal cord and this is responsible for recurrent attacks. When involving the nervous system it may cause brain infection (encephalitis) or brain covering infection (meningitis)

If you have had more than one attack then it could be triggered by stress, malnutrition, sunlight exposure and trauma . The symptoms of Herpes for the second time are generally less severe.

Lab tests

A specialized Test called ELISA  is used by doctors to confirm the disease.

Treatment

  • The ulcers are washed with saline
  • Bed rest
  • Pain killer
  • Antibiotics if needed

Antiviral treatment

Acyclovir is an antiviral given either orally or by injection within 6 days of appearance of the bumps. For recurrent infection the drug is given for a longer period of time.

If you are pregnant with Genital Herpes for the first time, the delivery is most likely going to be a c-section, but if you have recurrent Herpes then the delivery can be vaginal as long as you are treated with antiviral medication before labor.

Lab tests

A specialized Test called ELISA  is used by doctors to confirm the disease.

Treatment

  • The ulcers are washed with saline
  • Bed rest
  • Pain killer
  • Antibiotics if needed
  • Antiviral treatment

Acyclovir is an antiviral given either orally or by injection within 6 days of appearance of the bumps. For recurrent infection the drug is given for a longer period of time.

If you are pregnant with Genital Herpes for the first time, the delivery is most likely going to be a c-section, but if you have recurrent Herpes then the delivery can be vaginal as long as you are treated with antiviral medication before labor.


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