Genital Herpes Symptoms

Most people who are infected with HSV 2 or Genital herpes are not aware of it because they never have any symptoms, or they do not recognize any symptoms they might have. However, if signs and symptoms occur during the first outbreak, they can be quite pronounced. When symptoms are present, they can be different in each person. Usually when a person becomes infected with herpes the first outbreak occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted, and the sores typically heal within two to four weeks. The first episode of symptoms usually lasts two to four weeks.

Most people diagnosed with the first episode of genital herpes can expect to have several (typically four or five) outbreaks (symptomatic recurrences) within a year. Over time these recurrences usually decrease in frequency

Some of the most common symptoms of a genital herpes outbreak include

  • Tingling, itching, or burning of the skin in one area of the penis, scrotum, vagina, labia, or anus.
  • Discharge of fluid from the vagina.
  • Pain in the genital or anal area (and possibly also on the buttocks, lower back and thighs).
  • Burning on the side of the leg or bottom of one foot.
  • Feeling emotionally irritable or depressed.
  • Herpes may also infect the urethra, and urinating may cause a burning sensation.
  • Blisters in the genital area that burst, become raw and then crust over.
  • Blisters and sores on the buttocks, thighs and groin.
  • Less commonly, infection with the genital herpes virus may result in fever.
  • Flu-like symptoms are also common (eg, headache, fever, muscle ache, and swollen glands in the lymph nodes near the groin)
  • Feeling of pressure in the abdomen.

However, most individuals with the HSV-2 infection may never have sores, or they may have very mild signs that they do not even notice or that they mistake for insect bites or another skin condition.

Some places where genital herpes sores may occur in a female.

For women, blisters involve the external genitalia (the labia, perirectal skin, foreskin of the clitoris), in addition to the vagina and cervix. It is common to have watery discharge and pain during urination.

Picture of Female Genital Herpes

Some places where genital herpes sores may occur in a male.

For men, groups of blisters appear on the head, foreskin, or the shaft of the penis including surrounding areas of the genitalia. Generally, herpes can show up anywhere in the pelvic area, both front and back.

Picture of Male Genital Herpes
Picture of Genital Herpes in Male

Once you have the herpes virus, it remains in your body even if you take antiviral medication. Unfortunately, most people who suffer from one outbreak will have more outbreaks in the future. However, these outbreaks are usually less severe and last for a shorter time than the first outbreaks.

Mild or Absent Symptoms

Some people only suffer mild symptoms when they have outbreaks of genital herpes. This can make it hard for doctors to recognise that the symptoms are caused by the genital herpes virus.

Sometimes, people may mistake these mild symptoms for another condition (such as a yeast infection in women).

Other people may have no symptoms at all, despite being infected with the virus.

In these so-called “atypical” outbreaks, the sores may look different from the blisters that are often associated with genital herpes. In such cases, a swab of the genital area or a sample of your blood may be especially useful in determining whether the herpes virus is present.

The virus can still be transmitted to an intimate partner even if symptoms are mild – or if there are no symptoms at all (‘asymptomatic shedding’).

The symptoms of genital herpes vary widely. Everyone will have a different experience.

To determine whether the symptoms you have just experienced are in fact a herpes virus, you can have two separate blood tests for herpes viruses, one for Herpes I and one for Herpes II. This will determine if herpes is present and which virus is active. Once you have the herpes virus, it remains in your body even if you take antiviral medication. Unfortunately, most people who suffer from one outbreak will have more outbreaks in the future.

Herpes can be spread between outbreaks when there are no signs or symptoms present. This is called “Asymptomatic Transmission.” Research shows that herpes simplex infections are often spread by people who don’t know they are infected. This occurs because people may have symptoms, so mild that they don’t notice them at all or else don’t recognize them as herpes.

Since genital herpes may occur without any signs or symptoms, barrier protection (eg, latex condoms) should be used for extra protection in between outbreaks. A latex condom should be used as soon as a complete erection occurs, and barrier protection should be used before any intimate contact occurs. Unprotected contact with the mouth, rectum, or vagina is the same as having unprotected intercourse when it comes to the transmission of genital herpes.

Generally speaking, visible symptoms (lesions) will show up after standard prodromal symptomology (mild tingling and burning near areas where an outbreak will occur). Prodromal symtomology does not always precede an outbreak. The onset of an outbreak is evidenced by watery blisters. The herpes virus is most infectious during the blistering stage, less infectious after the blisters crust over, yet may be passed on to your partner during the prodromal stage or right after the blisters disappear.

Also, see Living with Genital Herpes

Herpes Treatment– A beautiful melange of time-tested resonance homeopathic medicines and homotoxological remedies so as to stimulate the immune system to heal itself following nature’s laws.

Symptoms caused by HSV 1 infection (HSV 1 is known to affect the following areas of the body.)

After reviewing the following data you are now in a position to make an informed decision. We hope you make the right choice and we will be with you on your journey to recovery. Please get in touch with any of our Doctors if you need any further information.

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