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Herpes Symptoms

Herpes is one of the most common STD in the US and the whole world. It inflicts both men and women and unfortunately, there is no getting rid of the virus once it has invaded your immune system. Since herpes is going to be around for the rest of one's lifetime, it is important to know its signs and symptoms.

Even though some of the herpes symptoms may be physically visible, it is not always possible to tell from a single glance that the person is infected. In fact, some people do not show signs and symptoms of the disease at all but are still capable of transmitting the virus.  Herpes is transmitted easily, even by a single act of unprotected sex. This is why it's important to always use a condom during intercourse especially if you have multiple sex partners. This is also one of the reasons why a person should immediately get tested once he or she suspects contact with the virus.

The First Outbreak

During the first outbreak, symptoms will begin to appear within 2 weeks. For most people, the first outbreak is also the most severe. As soon as the herpes virus enters the skin, it will immediately begin reproducing. One of the most common symptom of herpes are red inflamed blisters. These small bumps are present around the infected area. These can either be around the mouth or around the genitals. The outbreak is usually painful, itchy and is a accompanied by a burning sensation around the infected area. Some people complain of a tingling feeling.

These blisters can appear on the penis or around the vagina. They can also erupt in the surrounding area such as the, buttocks, cervix anus, scrotum, thighs and urethra.

Aside from the blisters, flu-like symptoms can also be experienced. During an outbreak, swollen lymph nodes, head ache, muscle aches, fever, vaginal or penile discharge, a burning sensation during urination and lower back pain may accompany the sores and blisters.

The best indicator of herpes will always be the painful blisters. These are typically filled with pus and are usually red and inflamed. In women, lesions, blisters and bumps around the vagina are some of the most common signs of a genital herpes outbreak.

Recurring Outbreaks

Some people are lucky enough not to experience a second outbreak but studies have shown that 85% of herpes patients will experience a recurrence. Luckily, future herpes outbreaks are usually shorter in duration. Its symptoms are also less severe somehow compared to the first outbreak. As time goes by, appearance will decrease in frequency and severity.  Other people, in fact, have been reported to experience outbreaks as long as 30 years after the initial one.

Many people live their entire lives with the herpes virus in their bodies. They usually treat outbreaks as they come and find that living with herpes is quite manageable. Outbreaks are managed by taking antiviral drugs like acyclovir or valacyclovir.