We can imagine how worried you must have been since you’ve been diagnosed with this infection. You must be panicking about the first outbreak and trying to suppress your feelings. However, the most important thing you can do about yourself is learning as much as you can for genital herpes and its symptoms.
Don’t worry, we’re here to guide you through the whole process.
You may have learned by now that a virus causes genital herpes, so there isn’t a cure and the virus stays in your body as long as you live. Antibiotics don’t help as well. You’ll experience ‘outbreaks’ when the virus reappears and causes the symptoms.
But, don’t lose hope – you can use antiviral medications like Valaciclovir and Acyclovir to control the virus and relieve the symptoms.
You’ll notice the symptoms two to twenty days after you’ve contracted the infection. For some patients, it can pass a long period before showing any symptoms.
Genital sore is the most common sign. This will start as an itching or tingling feeling in the genitals. Then, it will turn into a bunch of small, red, blisters throughout the penis, vagina, anus, vulva, or thighs. The blisters are filled with yellowish liquid and are painful. Eventually, they’ll become sores, scab over and heal
Because a virus causes genital herpes, you’ll experience symptoms similar to those of flu or a cold, including pains, aches, feeling sick, and fevers. If your urinary tract is blocked by sores or you have open sores, it may also feel unpleasant and painful when you urinate.
The first outbreak will last two-four weeks and yes, it’ll be unnerving and worrying. But remember, this outbreak will be the most severe. Any subsequent outbreaks, if any, won’t be as long or as bad. Most people experience one or two outbreaks a year.
If your first outbreak is painful, you should use painkillers as Aspirin or Ibuprofen to relieve the discomfort. For numbing the sensation in a particular area, try topical anesthetic cream, like Lidocaine.
Take good care of your hygiene – bathe frequently but don’t touch the sores. Wash your hands thoroughly in case you touch some. If it’s too painful to dry the affected area with a towel after a shower or bath, try using a hairdryer. Also, your underwear shouldn’t be tight or synthetic. The same goes for your clothes.
If your pain is unbearable, try some home remedies that will alleviate the pain. Keep the infected area dry by applying cornstarch or baking soda. This will promote healing. Try also holding a soaked, cold tea bag on your sores. Black tea is the best for this purpose as it has tannic acid, which has antiviral characteristics. And you can always try Aloe Vera or ice to calm the sores.
When your sores heal, you can continue with your daily life. Your sex life isn’t over, despite the speculations surrounding this disease.
You’ll just need to be more careful and abstain from sex while you’re experiencing the outbreaks. When you feel ready to go back to the game, you must always have protected sex to prevent spreading the infection. Even if you don’t have visible sores, you may pass herpes on. Unfortunately, condoms aren’t 100% guaranteed to keep from this infection, but they’ll lessen the risk.
You still will a satisfying sex life. You just need to communicate openly about your disease with your partner before having intercourse.