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What is herpes genitalis, its symptoms, and treatment?


Herpes genitalis is an STD (sexually transmitted disease) that can affect any sexually active person.

Genital herpes can be caused by either HSV-1 herpes simplex virus type 1 or HSV-2 type 2 virus. Globally majority of the cases is caused by type 2 (HSV-2) infection. [1]

- It is a subclinical infection.
- Prevention of this disease is possible.
- It is not hereditary.
- It spreads during contact with blisters on infected persons.

Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). Genital herpes is usually asymptomatic and many people may not be aware that they have the infection. The infection can be transmitted from an infected mother to the baby.


Symptoms when they occur, mainly include painful sores and blisters in the genital area.

People may experience
Burning and itching sensation in the affected area
Tingling sensation
Fever and chills
A headache
Pain in the back and legs


Self-Care: The condition can be managed with the use of ice packs, salt baths, antiseptics, protection during sexual intercourse and wearing loose underclothes. Prenatal care for the infected, pregnant mother is necessary.

Medications: Antiviral drugs such as valacyclovir hydrochloride, aciclovir, and pain relievers are generally prescribed.

Specialists: It is best to consult a doctor if you have any of the symptoms of herpes gentalis and receive medical advice. You can get an immediate consultation at mfine for all types of medical conditions with just an online application. Download mfine and get online consultation at any time from medical professionals.

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