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I have genital herpes. Will it make the vaginal discharge smell fishy indefinitely?

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Answered by

Dr. Reetika

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Sushrutha M.

Published At August 3, 2021
Reviewed AtSeptember 21, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

With genital herpes, will it make vaginal discharge smell fishy indefinitely? Kindly give your opinion.

Answered by Dr. Reetika

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

With treatment, it should go, and I am sure you must have taken some antiviral medicines. As you must be aware that herpes is a recurring kind of complaint, but the periodicity of occurrence varies, and the period of infection can be reduced by proper, timely treatment. As far as fishy odor associated with herpes is concerned, it should go after the treatment, but here I wish to highlight that besides herpes, there are multiple other reasons that can cause fishy odor to vaginal discharge. Certain other reasons for fishy vaginal discharge are itching various kinds of vaginitis (infection or inflammation). Reasons can be a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, sweat, etc. Please tell me when did you have the last herpes infection and when did the treatment end. Also, if you have any other complaints now like burning, pain while urinating, inflammation, or redness, what is the color of discharge, and if experiencing pain after intercourse. Please share other details as well. In my opinion, the fishy odor need not be necessarily associated with herpes, and we must be clear if there is some other underlying cause, as explained.

I hope this was helpful. Please get back for further queries.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Reetika
Dr. Reetika

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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