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Symptoms, Signs, and Treatment of Oral Herpes on Tongue and Genital Herpes in Male and Women

Updated on March 13, 2015

Oral Herpes and Genital Herpes

Herpes is probably the quickest spreading sexually transmitted disease in the United States between men and women. Millions of people are infected with the virus. One of the biggest culprits to this is that someone can be infected with the virus and not be aware of it until years down the road or even not all depending upon the strain of the virus. There is no cure for herpes. There is oral herpes and genital herpes, both equally contaigious but they are two different strains of the virus. If you suspect you may have herpes you need to go to a Doctor right away and abstain from sexual activity until you get confirmed or denied results. Herpes is unlike any other sexually transmitted disease and it's pretty easy to know if you have it or not.

oral herpes on tongue

Signs and Symptoms of Genital Herpes

Whether you are male or female, the signs and symptoms of genital herpes are the same. The first sign is usually intense itching. You will also notice red sores that get larger over time and eventually burst, and can bleed and become oozy blisters around the genital area and/or anus. After the oozing stops the sores will crust over and gradually heal. Extreme itching and pain can happen on the thighs as well as the genital area.

Genital Herpes Treatment

If you get a positive herpes result from your Doctor there are a few different medicines your Dr. may start you on. Doctor's prescribe oral antiviral medications like Valtrex, Famvir, or Zovirax. They all pretty much do the same thing, they will help decrease the length of time you have symptoms as well as decrease the timeframe the outbreaks last. They aid in healing the sores quicker and lessens how often you get the outbreaks. As well as reducing the chances of transmission of herpes to another person.

oral herpes on lip

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Herpes

The signs and symptoms of oral herpes are red or white sore on the lips, tongue, gums, on the inside of the cheeks or on the roof of the mouth. Other symptoms of oral herpes is muscle aches and fever. There are two different strains of the oral herpes virus. Only a Doctor can differentiate between the two by doing tests. If you have these symptoms you should see a Doctor right away and avoid sharing drinks, kissing, sharing food, or oral sex until you get a negative or positive result.


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      jebb 6 years ago

      Dating in itself is hard, especially when you are dating with Herpes. However, Herpes dating sites provide the best place for singles with Herpes to date without possible rejection and discrimination. which is ranked as the #1 Herpes singles dating site by CNN, now has more than 560,000 members. It’s hard to believe that a Herpes dating site can have so many members!

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      Deborah 6 years ago from Italy

      Now adays more than ever it's importance to get checked for STD's. Always make sure to use protection if you are sexually active. Some STD's are still transferable with protection, but some can be prevented by using a condom.

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      Leighsue 6 years ago

      What a horrible thing to happen. Pleople should be very careful and have any sores checked.