Herpes Symptoms

For those who do experience symptoms, they are generally present as blisters on the genitals, and sores around the mouth.  Here are more syptoms.
Most people do not have apparent symptoms for many months, or even years after becoming infected. Those who do have symptoms during the initial period will usually notice them about 4 to 7 days after being infected.

Primary infection symptoms

Primary infection is a term used for an outbreak of genital herpes that is evident when a person is first infected. Primary infection symptoms, if they are experienced, are usually more severe than subsequent recurrences. Symptoms can last up to 20 days and may include:

  • Blisters and ulceration on the cervix
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain when urinating
  • A temperature (fever)
  • Malaise (feeling unwell)
  • Cold sores around the mouth
  • Red blisters – these are generally painful and they soon burst and leave ulcers on the external genital area, thighs, buttocks and rectum

In most cases the ulcers will heal and the patient will not have any lasting scars.

Recurrent infection symptoms

These symptoms tend to be less severe and do not last as long, because the patient’s body has built up some immunity to the virus. In most cases symptoms will not last for more than 10 days.

  • Burning/tingling around genitals before blisters appear
  • Women may have blisters and ulceration on the cervix
  • Cold sores around the mouth
  • Red blisters – these are generally painful and the soon burst and leave ulcers on the external genital area, thighs, buttocks and rectum

Eventually recurrences happen less often and are much less severe. Patients with HSV-1 will have fewer recurrences and less severe symptoms than people infected with HSV-2.

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