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GENITAL HERPES Genital herpes is a common infection caused by a virus Most people who are infected with the virus do not have any symptoms If you do get symptoms they are like having cold sores blisters sores redness pain itching on your genitals After the first outbreak you may have outbreaks again this is known as recurrences Although there is no cure once a person is infected with the genital herpes virus the symptoms can be controlled with medication The symptoms of genital herpes vary widely Everyone will have a different experience Some of the most common symptoms are Itching or pain in the genital area and possibly also on the buttocks lower back and thighs Blisters in the genital area that burst become raw and then crust over Blisters and sores on the buttocks thighs and groin Possibly headache fatigue and muscle pains Less commonly infection with the genital herpes virus may result in fever The most obvious signs of genital herpes are blister-like sores--much like the classic cold sores--that eventually crust over in a scab before healing Herpes can also cause a variety of ulcers sores or crusted lesions These can appear in various locations the penis scrotum labia vagina upper thigh buttocks or around the anus Occasionally herpes may infect the urethra and cause urethral burning The physical signs of herpes infection are often very different from the classic blisters and sores described above They might include for example a red patch of skin a tiny sore easily confused with a pimple or ingrown hair or an irritation around the anus that might be confused with hemorrhoids Herpes is not usually associated with vaginal discharge but it sometimes resembles yeast infections in women It can also create small sores in the urethra that bring pain during urination Many
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