While a Pap smear is important to detect and prevent cervical cancer, there are other medical conditions that it cannot detect. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes, and syphilis are common STDs that a Pap smear cannot screen for. And since they don't show any symptoms, most people often fail to diagnose them. Other serious conditions that a Pap smear can't detect are PCOS and ovarian cancer.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that may not always have any noticeable symptoms – and that’s what makes it a challenge to identify. Be watchful and you might notice cracks in your skin or lesions that could mean a mild outbreak of genital herpes. If you have a harsher outbreak, you may have symptoms like feverishness, pain, tiredness, or swelling of the glands. Not to mention the blisters, ulcers, or lesions that you have to live with for a few weeks.
If you aren't sexually active, it's not genital herpes. Genital herpes spreads via sex with someone who has herpes. It causes blisters and sores around the genital area, sometimes along with flu-like symptoms during the first outbreak. Yeast infection by a fungus called candida causes itchiness but no sores and an odorless, cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge. Genital herpes causes a watery and smelly vaginal discharge.
Herpes is a highly contagious viral infection which shows up as oral herpes (cold sores) or genital herpes (blisters in the genital/anal areas). Topical application of vit. E and lemon balm on cold sores can help relieve the burning sensation. Also, frequent baths with a sol. of warm water, 2c ground oatmeal, 1/2c baking soda can help soothe your genitals.
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