How to identify genital herpes

The doctor can identify genital herpes by observing the individual's genital and perianal area, analyzing the symptoms of the disease, and diagnostic confirmation can be made through a laboratory exam.

Symptoms of genital herpes

The symptoms of genital herpes include blisters or rounded balls, very close to each other, containing a yellow-colored liquid rich in viruses, with redness around them, as seen in the image:

By observing the affected area, it is possible to determine which region is most sensitive to pain and itching, and whether there is redness or blisters with liquid. In some cases, blisters may rupture, due to scratching, rubbing or the use of very tight clothing, for example, which increases the chances of the presence of bacteria in the wounds, which can lead to the appearance of secondary infections.

This virus can be easily transmitted, which usually happens when you get in touch or if you have an intimate relationship without a condom with a person who has blisters or liquid sores. Find out more about how to avoid getting genital herpes at How to get genital herpes.

Diagnosis of genital herpes

For the diagnosis of genital herpes, the doctor may scrape the wound in order to store a small amount of fluid coming from inside. Through the microscope, the presence of the herpes virus can be observed or not in the sample.

When identifying the virus, the diagnosis is closed, and the doctor must say which is the most appropriate treatment. Usually, an antiviral such as Acyclovir is prescribed and is advised not to have intercourse while there is an injury, not even with a condom.

To protect yourself from this disease, see how to get cold and genital herpes.