If you've been diagnosed with genital herpes, your inclination may be to write off every itchy, burning sensation, every lesion on the genitals as a herpes symptom. And while often times the symptoms do indicate herpes, this isn't always the case. Like everyone else, people with herpes can get yeast infections, bacterial infections, molluscum contagiousum, scabies, genital warts, gonorrhea, Chlamydia and urinary tract infections. Here's what to look for when determining whether or not your breakouts/ skin irritations are a result of herpes or another infection: A cheesy, thick white discharge that's itchy or irritating in a woman may be a yeast infection. Copious frothy white or greenish vaginal discharge that has a fishy odor may be the STD Trichomonas. Other vaginal discharge can signal a variety of bacterial infections that need to be diagnosed and treated with the appropriate antibiotic. Postmenopausal women can have a variety of beni...
Given the prevalence of herpes, and the constant turnover of
men in my life, I was always surprised I hadn’t met a potential mate who shared
my disease. Well I am thrilled to
say that it has finally happened, and I’m sure this has, or could, happen to many
others of you.
After a steamy night of making out and resisting the
temptation to indulge all of our desires, we spent the next day lounging in the
park, basking in the sun, and enjoying our new interest. Then, out of nowhere, he pushed back
and said, “So I think I should warn you…” and the wheels in my head started spinning…Uh
oh, lemme guess…you’re afraid of commitment? You’re an ex-convict? Drug addict? Until I saw
the look in his eyes, sensed his nervousness, and I knew he was about to
disclose an STD. “I have oral
herpes, so the more you kiss me, the more chances you have of catching
it.” What a r...
Warts are growths on the skin that occur in response to a viral infection. Warts come from the human papilloma virus , or from one of its 48 different subtypes, and enter the skin by direct contact. They thrive in moist environments but can occur anywhere. Once on the skin these viruses develop into nodules , usually gray-colored, benign protuberances that are highly contagious and easily spread by skin contact. Some warts will disappear over time if the immune system recognizes it as a virus and produces an antibody , but this is very rare. Warts are most effectively treated and removed by dermatologists. Warts are found in multiples, do not bleed or itch, and with the exception of the plantar wart on the foot, do not cause pain. They are most commonly found on the fingers, hands, and soles of the feet. On the hands they are pale with a roughened appearance. Skin lines tend to go around them rather than through them. On the neck and face, warts tend to be small and smooth, while the painfu...
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