Herpes virus, which causes herpes simplex on the face and mouth, is the most common cause of ulcer on the genitals. Herpes genital affects people of both sexes and especially people without herpes simplex on the face. It is transmitted during an intercourse with a person whose genitals are infected or by oral sexual contact with a person suffering from herpes simplex.
Herpes genital may reoccur after the initial infection (sometimes after many years), so a disease may also occur with couples who are in a long-term, sexually-related relationship.
The cause of herpes attacks is not exactly known. It seems to occur when the body is exhausted. In many cases, the infection occurs again after the intercourse.
After a period of incubation, which usually lasts less than 10 days, itching occurs on the penis or on the vagina, after which small bubbles start to appear. In some cases bubbles develop on the thighs and buttocks. After about 24 hours the bubbles rupture, creating small, red, moist and painful ulcers. Glands in the groin can swell and become painful. A patient often feels bad and has an elevated temperature.
The attack generally lasts about two weeks. In half the cases, there are usually no additional problems, but in the other half of the patients, repeated attacks occur in the next months and even years, although they are usually milder and less common.
What to do?
If you think you have herpes genital, go to a doctor or a medical institution specializing in sexually transmitted diseases. Although there is no drug for this illness, a doctor will prescribe antiviral fat and fluid that will alleviate pain and accelerate treatment. Repeated attacks often disappear quite quickly regardless of whether or not the disease is being treated. As long as you have this condition, avoid sexual intercourse because you could transfer the infection to a partner.