The herpes simplex virus strains, herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV 2), are responsible for the outbreak of vaginal herpes in sexually active women. This infectious disease is transmitted to sexually active, healthy women from partners who are afflicted with genital herpes. The simplest and safest way to prevent contracting vaginal herpes is to use condoms. The symptoms of vaginal herpes appear within two weeks of contracting this venereal disease.
The initial symptoms of vaginal herpes may be very mild. But as the disease progresses, the symptoms worsen. However, there are small groups of women who exhibit no outwardly symptoms despite being exposed to the herpes simplex virus.
Women suffer most during the primary or initial outbreak of vaginal herpes. Symptoms associated with the future or recurrent outbreaks of this sexually contracted disease are not as bad as the first attack.
Some Common Symptoms Of Vaginal Herpes
One of the first symptoms of vaginal herpes is the appearance of blisters or pimples in the region surrounding the vagina and even inside the vagina (the cervix). The blisters often enclose a clear fluid. The blisters or sores appear in waves with one set of blisters drying off before the next set appears. Once the fluid filled blisters break, blood and pus begin to ooze from the sore. Approximately three days after the blister bursts, a yellowish crust forms around the affected area. This crust flakes off once the vaginal herpes outbreak subsides. The vaginal sores do not leave behind any permanent scar or mark. These blisters do not appear again until subsequent outbreaks of vaginal herpes.
Flu Like Symptoms
Another common symptom associated with vagina herpes is the sudden onset of flu. During an outbreak of vaginal herpes, women complain of body pain, headache, general malaise, severe fatigue. The glands also become swollen and painful. The flu like symptoms generally disappears within a week of the initial onset of vaginal herpes. In some women, the flu like symptoms is accompanied by skin lesions as well.
Most women who suffer from vaginal herpes complain of excruciating body pain during an outbreak. The pain radiates from the vaginal region and moves down the buttocks and the legs. The pain normally associated with vaginal herpes can best be described as dull, throbbing ache.
During an outbreak of vaginal herpes, many women also complain of a feeling of pressure or a bloated feeling in the lower abdominal region. This feeling of fullness near the pelvic region is one of the classic symptoms of vaginal herpes. The skin lesions can also cause severe pain during a vaginal herpes outbreak.
During a vaginal herpes outbreak women may experience severe vaginal itching or a burning sensation around the vagina. The severe vaginal itching can often cause painful rashes to develop. When the vaginal herpes outbreak subsides, the itching and burning sensation in the vagina also abates.
Malodorous Vaginal Discharge
Thick, malodorous vaginal discharge is yet another sign of vaginal herpes. If you observe thick, malodorous vaginal discharge for a couple of days, consult your gynecologist to determine whether you are suffering from vaginal herpes or some other gynaec problem.