Vaginal sores can be a real pain and downright embarrassing and they are generally caused by sexually transmitted diseases. Not all STDs cause sores but the major culprits are herpes and syphilis that cause painful blisters and sores in the genital area.
Vaginal sore is almost always transmitted from one infected partner to another. Sores may or may not be painful and the painful sores can be an awful experience. Sores may be of an angry red or a tame flesh color. They are generally accompanied by discharge, itching or burning sensation when urinating.
Herpes and syphilis are the most common causes of vaginal sores in the U.S. Other sexually transmitted diseases that can cause them are Lymphogranuloma venereum, chancroid and granuloma inguinale.
These diseases are rare and so is the Bechet’s syndrome that inflames the blood vessels causing sores on any part of the body including the vaginal region.
More often than not Herpes will result in clusters of red blisters that are painful and itchy.
On the other hand Syphilis is characterized with painless solitary red sores which may or may not be followed by rashes on the feet and hands. Scabies and pubic lice can also be easily spread during sexual intercourse, resulting in a lot of itchiness. Scratching may then lead to sores and scabs.
These vaginal sores can be characterized with various symptoms including abnormal discharge, genital itching, burning, pain or swelling, painful intercourse, burning or pain during urination, ulcerations and even visible insects or eggs in the pubic hair.
Besides these local symptoms, a person may also show symptoms like pallor, blood in stools, enlargement of lymph nodes, mouth ulcers, drainage or oozing from rectal area, fever, painful bowel movements, rashes on other body parts, painful and swollen joints that feel warm to the touch or pelvic pain.
The treatment of vaginal sores will usually depend on the underlying causes. Herpes can’t be cured but only managed with the help of various medications available. All other sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, Lymphogranuloma venereum, chancroid and granuloma inguinale can be treated with the help of antibiotics.
In case of scabies and pubic lice, the patient will need a regime of topical applications, to get rid of them.
It goes without saying that prevention is better than cure. Since genital sores are generally sexually transmitted infections, safe sex practices and verifying if your partner is clean are important factors that can save you a lot of pain and hassle. It makes sense to be sure that you are clean and so is your partner so that either of you may not infect the other.
In some cases vaginal sores have turned life threatening with severe abdominal or pelvic pain, bloody stools, rectal bleeding and very high temperatures. Sores can be easily treated in most cases and should be dealt with promptly to avoid emergencies.
Also they can be easily transmitted to the partner, making them a high risk group. The medical condition requires immediate action in order to prevent it from spreading further or becoming life threatening.