When to seek medical help for Genital Herpes
- See a doctor if you suspect that you have symptoms suggestive of any STD.
- You have recurrent outbreaks of the infection.
- If you have painful urination or difficulty in urination.
- The sooner you are diagnosed with herpes, the sooner you can begin treatment.
Genital herpes is a contagious sexually transmitted viral infection which cannot be cured. Many people with the infection may have no symptoms at all, but can still transmit the disease.
The majority of the genital herpes cases come from herpes simplex virus type 2. There is no treatment for the condition. This is why it is important to seek medical advice for gentinal herpes soon. There are antiviral medications that can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the time the person takes the medication. There are oral antiviral medications that can help shorten herpes outbreaks, as well as reduce their frequency and severity.
You should seek medical help for genital herpes in the following cases.
- If you suspect that you have symptoms suggestive of genital herpes or any other sexually transmitted.
- If you think you have been exposed to the disease (you had sex with an infected person).
- You have recurrent outbreaks of the infection (your doctor may start suppressive treatment with an anti-viral medication. Suppressive treatment can significantly reduce the number of outbreaks and some people may have no outbreaks at all).
- If you have painful urination or difficulty in urination (if the pain is very severe catheterization of the urethra to drain the urine may be needed).
- If you have symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, or widespread symptoms (symptoms suggestive of severe infection or complications).
When you seek medical help soon, you will be in a better position to deal with the outbreaks of genital herpes. Although, the outbreaks depend on the individual and the virus type that causes it – those with genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 experience more outbreaks in comparison with those with genital herpes caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1.
It is after examining your condition, symptoms, frequency and severity of outbreaks, your health care professional may choose to administer these medications. It is advised to see a doctor as soon as you suspect an initial outbreak of genital herpes.
As genital herpes is caused by a virus that is treatable, but not yet curable - the sooner you are diagnosed with herpes, the sooner you can begin treatment.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jan 18, 2013
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