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What Are The Symptoms Of Herpes?

Herpes is the name given to a group of viruses that cause blisters and sores around the mouth and genital areas. The most common viruses are herpes zoster which causes shingles and chickenpox. Herpes simplex virus type 1 or HSV-1 and herpes simplex virus type 2 HSV-2.

Genital herpes is sexually transmitted and once the virus is in the body, it does not leave since there is still no known cure. However, there are treatments that are aimed at reducing the effect of the symptoms and the outbreaks caused by the virus.

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Have you recently asked yourself, ‘how do I know if I have herpes?’ If this is you, below are the most common symptoms associated with genital herpes and oral herpes.

Symptoms of Herpes

If you have herpes, you might have oral herpes caused by HSV-1 or genital herpes caused by HSV-2 or both. We will look at symptoms of both types of herpes viruses to give you ideas of what to look for if you have the question ‘do I have herpes ’

Oral Herpes Symptoms

HSV-1 incubation period or the amount of time between the point of contact with the herpes virus and the time the symptom appears is between 2 and 12 days. Most people experience the symptoms between 3 and 6 days after contact with the virus. The first signs and symptoms will last between 2 and 3 weeks. Most common signs and symptoms include:

  • Tiredness
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches.
  • Before sores appear, the infection site might experience a burning sensation, itching, pain or tingling.
  • Oral sores occur with most of them making drinking or eating a difficult affair.

The sores may appear on the gum, throat, lips, under or on the front of the tongue, roof of the mouth, and the cheeks. Some people have reported sores on the chin and neck. Neck lymph nodes can be red, swollen and can bleed sometimes. People in their 20s or teenage can have shallow ulcers in their throats. This will be accompanied by grayish coats on the tonsils

Genital Herpes Symptoms

During the first attack, the genital herpes symptoms include the following:

  • Nausea or a sickly feeling
  • Painful urination
  • Fever and flu-like symptoms
  • Muscle aches
  • Itching, tingling or burning sensation in areas where blisters will later appear.

After the initial symptoms such as the tingling and the itching, there will be one or many clusters of tiny blisters appearing in different areas around your genitals. The blisters will have a cloudy liquid and can be painful in some cases.

  • In women, the blisters may appear inside the vagina, on the labia, thighs, groin, around the anus, and on the buttocks.  Learn more about herpes symptoms in women here… 
  • In men, the sores will appear on the penis, inside the penis, on the groin, thighs, on the scrotum, around the anus, and on the buttocks. Learn more about herpes symptoms in men here…

It is possible to get genital herpes in the mouth through oral sex. This is especially the case when the virus is extremely active. This kind of transmission is rare but still possible.

In Conclusion

Now you know the general symptoms of oral herpes and genital herpes, it is important to understand the details herpes symptoms in men and the herpes symptoms in women. This will give you a better idea of the symptoms to look out for according to your gender.

The most important thing is to know that there are different treatments that can deal with the symptoms to make your life better. There are suppressive therapies that can help eliminate the outbreaks and reduce the chances of spreading the herpes virus.