Herpes simplex, genital

  • Sexually transmitted viral infection
  • Most often affects the anal and genital areas such as the vagina and penis but may also involve the mouth and other areas
  • Symptoms may include fever, discharge from the vagina or penis and groups of painful small blisters and ulcers on the genital area
  • Commonly spread by sexual contact with infected person or contact with an infected skin lesion
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in sexually active individuals
  • May be mild to severe depending on factors such as site involved, age, health status and whether it is a first contact with the virus
  • May be an initial or recurring infection

  • Practice safe sex
  • Avoid sex if there are sores in the genital area
  • Reduce stress
  • Avoid getting over fatigued
  • Sitz bath to affected area (a warm, shallow bath that cleanses the perineum)
  • Wear cotton underwear

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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