is highly contangious STI tht is contrallable but not curable. inreases the risk of cervical CA & infection w/ HIV.
Causes = HSV-2 aka genital herpes and HSV-1 cold sores Caused by direct contact w/ oral or genital secretions from active stage of HSV. Mother 2 infant during vaginal and carries neonatal mortality rate of 50%. Can infect the eyes, mouth, genital area or a skin site. HSV recurs cuz after inital infection virus remains dormant in ganglia of nerves
Signs&Symptoms = sypmtoms more severe w/ inital outbreak then shorter & less intense w/ next outbreaks, stress, emotional situations, exposure 2 sunlight, menstruation, fever reactivate HSV. single or multiple vesicles on penis, prepuce, butt, thighs, introitus, or cervix. Lesions burn, itch and bcome fluid-filled blisters, may rupture in 1-3 days followed by painful reddened ulcers tht scab over and go away, swelling, ingunal lymph nodes & headache first outbreak 3-4wks then other 10days.
Medications = Dx of HSV1 & HSV2 is by inspecting lesions, smears & scrapings from lesions are examined under microscope. Take oral antiviral meds
Nurse does = Tell all sex partners u got it, use condom, avoid sex if HSV is active cuz condoms dont protect skin and mucous membrane left exposed, keep lesions dry w/ alcohol, peroxide, witch hazel, and warm air from hair dryer, chck w/ dr about taking warm baths w/ epsom salts or baking soda, wear loose clothing, perform good handwashing, Use separate towel 2 pat lesions dry & another when drying body parts, Have yrly papanicolaou test 2 detect cervical CA, avoid stress.