Misdiagnosis of Herpes Symptoms In Women
Did you know that herpes symptoms in women can be confused with many common conditions? 85% of people with herpes don’t know they have it! Common symptoms include blisters, sores, itchy areas, tingling, burning, painful urination, skin fissures and cracks, skin ulcers, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, depression, pain down the leg, flu like symptoms, body aches and watery vaginal discharge; but how do you know if it is herpes? I have worked with women who were misdiagnosed with several other ailments before they were ever PROPERLY diagnosed with herpes.
Why does this happen?
Herpes is truly the Great Masquerader. Doctors and patients alike misdiagnose herpes all the time. Here is a chart of what women with herpes think they have and what men with herpes think they have.
|What Women With Herpes Think They Have||What Men With Herpes Think They Have|
|Urinary Tract Infection||Jock Itch|
|Menstrual Complaints||Normal Itch|
|Heat Rash||Zipper Burn|
|Urethral Syndrome||Insect or Spider Bite|
|Allergy to condoms, spermacides, sperm, elastic/pantyhose||Allergies to condoms|
|Irritation from bike seat, shaving, douching||Irritation from bike seat, tight jeans, sexual intercourse|
As you can see, it would be very easy to misdiagnosis herpes in women AND men. So, if you have any or many of these symptoms, especially if they are reoccurring, I suggest that you seek medical advice. You have to take control of your health and sometimes it means challenging your doctor’s diagnosis. There have been times when I have encouraged women to demand a herpes blood test. Not knowing can drive you crazy! A simple blood test paired with a thorough exam can determine your herpes status. You can find a herpes testing center near you
. I also recommend getting screened for other STI’s.
If you end up testing positive for herpes, Pink Tent (TM)
is here it support you. We are committed to educate, empower and inspire women with herpes to live, love and thrive. If you reside in the Boulder/Denver area, check our www.ColoradoHFriends.com
. We host monthly discussion groups, social events and women’s brunches. Take a stand for your health and get tested!
Live. Love. Thrive.
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