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Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This virus is part of the family of herpes-viruses, which includes nearly a hundred viruses that causes shingles and chickenpox.

There are two types of HHT: VSH-1 and VSH-2. For a time, it was believed that HSV-1 was the cause of only cold sores (wild sores on the lips) and that VSH-2 caused only cases of genital herpes. We now know that both types of viruses can cause genital herpes. In recent years, VSH-1 has been found to be responsible for most new genital herpes infections due to genital contact.

For Women

For the women, herpes outbreaks come in the form of tingling, numbness, pain, or a burning sensation. Subsequently, redness appears in the vulva and vagina. Small virus-bearing blisters eventually form and break to create wounds that will not heal until after 2 to 3 weeks.

However, lesions may appear in areas surrounding sexual organs such as the anus, thighs or buttocks. Some of them are deep in the vagina or even on the cervix. In this case, the diagnosis will not be easy since the signs are not visible to the naked eye.

Fortunately, our Experts at clear skin London uses the latest diagnostic technique which makes it possible to easily spot the blisters at the initial stage. When identified on time, it becomes easy to treat. Hence, you should book an appointment at our clinic once you notice the first lesions forming.

For Men

For the men, the symptoms are similar to those of the woman. On the other hand, the symptoms at home (blisters, crusts, redness) are mostly less painful and disappear more easily than in the opposite sex. You can also see lesions in the anus, buttocks or thighs. Nevertheless, they are usually located in the area around the penis. However, avoid breaking blisters that form around the testicles. This is because they take longer to heal and  even more painful to bear.

In some cases, this disease is characterized by the absence of symptoms. Which makes it hard to diagnose  in most dermatology clinic London. Some people, although infected by the virus, do not actually show any visible signs.

However, the presence of the virus on their mucous membranes is not to be ruled out. Thus, they can transmit the virus to a sexual partner during unprotected sex


From several dermatology clinic experiences, herpes is one of the hardest disease condition to treat. The symptoms vary from person to person and are even nonexistent in some people. To even make matters worse, once the disease is contacted, the virus stays in the body for a very long time but the symptoms, as well as blisters, are slightly evacuated.

To reduce the risk of Herpes especially in pregnant women, follow the  guidelines below as outlined by several dermatology clinics London

  • Avoid oral or anal sex with partners who have blisters around the genital area. However, it gets even more tricky when symptoms such as sore or blisters are non-existent in the infected person
  • Avoid unprotected sex. The presence of condom reduces the risk of herpes even in persons that show little symptoms.
  • During testing for STI ‘s, also test for other skin conditions
  • Since the transmission of herpes is prevalent between pregnant women and the unborn baby, attention should be given to past herpes records so complications don’t arrive during delivery.