Symptoms of Herpes in Women
- Sores, ulcers, or blisters on the anus, thighs, or buttocks
- Blisters and sores on or around the vagina, vulva, or cervix
- Vaginal discharge
- Itchiness in the vaginal area
- Painful urination
- Body ache
- Eczema herpetiform
- Eye infection
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Difficulty urinating
Only a physician can provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your HSV status. Other infections, such as syphilis, can share similar symptoms, making it essential to get tested as soon as possible.
Like most STDs, knowing how they are spread is the best way to prevent them from being transmitted. A simple kiss is all that is necessary to contract HSV1. This means it is quite easy for parents to infect their children with HSV1. Of the two Herpes viruses, HSV1 is the most common to contract. The virus is often spread without the carrier every realizing it, usually because no symptoms are seen, but HSV1 is the most infectious during an outbreak when sores are open and wet.
HSV2 can be transmitted in much the same way as HSV1, but it is most commonly spread through sexual contact, whether vaginally, anally, or orally. Intercourse isn’t a requirement when Herpes is contracted, though intercourse does put you at greater risk.
Fortunately, the Herpes virus doesn’t exist for long when outside the body. This means you cannot contract Herpes from coughing, sneezing, holding hands, or hugging.
Treatment for Herpes
Currently there is no cure for HSV, but that doesn’t mean infected individuals can’t live a normal and happy life. Antiviral drugs can be prescribed by a medical doctor to help prevent and decrease the length of outbreaks as well as slow the progress of the symptoms individuals with Herpes may experience.
Overcoming the Mental and Emotional Effects of Herpes
It has been previous stated that Herpes is a common virus, but even the most common things can cause a great deal of emotional and mental stress. Support groups and mental health professionals can help to alleviate the unpleasant feelings that often present themselves when Herpes symptoms are present, and when confirmed through testing. Trying your best to maintain a positive outlook and working towards a healthier lifestyle can drastically help reduce the levels of stress you might be feeling.
It is never easy to find out you have developed symptoms of Herpes when in a monogamous relationship. Keep in mind that experiencing these symptoms doesn’t mean either partner has cheated. It can take years for HSV to present itself, meaning you could have been infected with Herpes long before your current relationship ever started.