Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects the skin and mucous membranes of the genitals and is much more common in women than in men. Not only does it affect physically, but mental health is also damaged by the condition of the disease. During this, we will talk about the advantages of having a herpes diary and how it can improve your life, but first, you have to know a little about the disease.
The virus is transmitted from the infected person -present symptoms to not- to another during sexual intercourse, whether vaginal, anal, or oral, because the virus is found in the fluid in the blister and on the skin. Once the person is infected, the virus remains in his body in the nerve cells forever.
It exists two types of herpes virus (HSV):
The virus can be more serious in newborns or people with weakened immune systems. The first outbreak usually occurs between two days and two weeks after becoming infected.
Genital symptoms include painful, small blisters filled with clear fluid. They are generally found on the external genitalia, that is, in the vagina, cervix, penis, scrotum, around the anus, and on the buttocks or thighs. They may also appear on the tongue, mouth, eyes, lips, fingers, and other parts of the body.
Tingling, itching, burning, or pain may happen at the place where the sores will arrive before they do. The blisters can become ulcers when they break, causing a lot of pain. These sores crust over and heal slowly over seven to fourteen days or more.
Other symptoms can include:
The first outbreak is the worst; after the first one, the outbreaks coming will be less severe and will last less time (most of the cases). They are more frequent during the first year, but, over the years, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease.
The virus can remain "asleep" (latent) for a long period and can "wake up" (reactivate) at any time as a result of physical or emotional stress, menstruation or illness. The pattern of outbreaks varies widely from one person to another. Some people carry the virus even though they have never had symptoms. Others may have a single outbreak or infrequent outbreaks.
Have you ever wondered why people write diaries? If you have or had one, surely you know the relief it represents and the help it gives us by writing down how we feel and seeing it again later when everything is improving. Herpes, as a sexually transmitted disease, is fiercely stigmatized, and the mental health of people who suffer from it can be affected.
Consider making a herpes diary, that is, a place where you can write how you feel, what has happened to your life, how you are living today. Surely if you have just contracted the disease, it can be difficult to write about all this, but it can be of great help; remember that herpes is not fatal, and some people have not had an outbreak in a long time with the correct treatments.
In addition to the herpes diary, you must meet more people with herpes; there are many support circles where people with genital herpes go to talk and help each other overcome all this because a life with herpes is still life and does not have to diminish its quality.
Consider writing the following points in your herpes diary:
Herpes simplex is a viral infection of the skin and mucous membranes, usually recurrent that usually lasts a week and that resolves spontaneously. Herpes lesions are often painful and warm or tingly.