Genital herpes is commonly known as herpes. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus that can spread through contact with the mucosal lining of the mouth and genital organs of the infected person. The virus uses the microscopic tear route for infecting the body. Once the virus reaches inside the body, it settles near the spinal cord and nerve roots. Genital herpes symptoms usually appear when the virus travels down from the nerve roots to the infection site. The symptoms of herpes may take weeks, months, or even years to appear which makes genital herpes symptoms difficult to identify. The top five herpes-simplex symptoms include –
- Sores: These can affect various body parts and may include red bumps, blisters, vaginal sores, penile sores, anal sores, buttock sores, thigh sores, internal vaginal sores, cervix sores, and urinary tract sores. Sores are visible genital herpes symptoms that are also known as mouth herpes symptoms or oral herpes symptoms. Sores can also be caused due to boils, insect bite, insect sting, pediculosis, dermatitis, eczema, diabetes, leukemia, skin cancer, AIDS, circulatory disorders, herpes, warts, chicken pox, or melioidosis.
- Mouth infection: Mouth herpes symptoms appear as a mouth infection. This type of infection is most likely to occur through oral contact. The most common cause of the disorder includes Candida culture that is present in the mouth, digestive tract, and skin. This is normally kept in check by helpful bacteria and microorganisms in the body. The infection can also occur due to the herpes simplex virus type 1 and herpes simplex virus type 2.
- Pain during sex: Herpes may also cause pain in sexual organs.
- Vaginal itch: Herpes may cause vaginal itch.
- Rectal itching: This is itching near and around the anus. It can be caused due to hemorrhoids, anal fissure, sitting down too much, excessive anal region cleaning, proctitis, worms such as pinworms or threadworm, anal warts, allergic reactions, or fungal infections.
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