What Are The Symptoms Of Herpes?
The Herpes Simplex Virus or Herpes is the name given to a group of viruses that cause blisters and sores around the mouth and genital area (genital herpes). The most common strain of the herpes virus is herpes zoster which causes shingles and chickenpox. Today we are going to talk about the Herpes simplex virus type 1 or HSV-1 and herpes simplex virus type 2 HSV-2 which can be found anywhere on your body, but mostly on your mouth and/or genitals.
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:
- 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.
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.
Genital Herpes Symptoms in Men and Women
Genital herpes HSV-2 is a commonly misunderstood sexually transmitted disease with stigma surrounding it unlike the oral herpes caused by the herpes virus type 1 otherwise known as HSV-1. The genital herpes is contagious and can be transmitted during sexual contact with an infected individual. Symptoms of Genital Herpes in Men and Women after contraction are very mild that they might go unnoticed and some people might never really show the symptoms. Its mild nature is disadvantageous as one might easily transmit the infection to their partner without knowing.
The symptoms appear periodically in episodes or outbreaks. The pattern of outbreaks differs from individual to individual. It might take an individual months before the virus symptoms begin to show while others may begin to show symptoms days after the infection. When it first strikes, the infected will experience typical flu like symptoms such as fevers, headaches and back pains. The symptoms are however only present during the first outbreak. On peak intensity, the genital herpes HSV-2 episodes tend to produce small blisters which can break to form painful shallow sores
that scab over and heal after a week or two. The first outbreak is more often than not intense than the follow up outbreaks.
Later outbreaks are triggered by sex, menstruation, fatigue, general illness or stress although the outbreaks might appear with no trigger at all. It is important to note that the subsequent outbreaks are caused by the dormant virus in the system and not reinfection. The disease has no cure but the symptoms can be treated and controlled with the virus remaining dormant in the body of the infected. Infection is very much possible to one’s partner as the virus is dormant and it can easily be transferred during sexual intercourse to the other partner. It is advised to practice safe sex with precautions during outbreaks as the open sores can cause infection.
A couple with a partner infected with herpes HSV-2 should practice safe sex and suppressant medication is advised to ensure the uninfected does not contract the infection and they remain safe. Use of condoms will ensure the infected genital area does not come in contact with the other person’s genital parts but this might be risky during an outbreak as the blisters might form all around the genital area of the infected. Meet Positives, an online herpes dating website for infected people has members with similar herpes HSV-2 infections this will be easier as re infection is almost impossible, once possible partners begin dating it is important for them to get checked for them to understand what strand of the virus they are infected with.
Doctors test for the herpes HSV-2 virus by taking a sample of the fluid from the blisters and testing for possible infection. Pregnant women with genital herpes can pass the virus to their unborn baby during delivery causing serious illness. This is not common and doctors should be told about presence of the virus by the pregnant mothers. Herpes has no cure but a proper healthy lifestyle with supplement of medication or herbal products can treat the symptoms. Members of Meet Positives organize forums where infected people can meet and talk of the medication they used to treat their herpes HSV-2 symptoms.
Symptoms of herpes In Men
Most of the people do not experience any symptoms or have silent symptoms which are mild symptoms that are easily confused with other medical conditions.
Common Herpes Symptoms In Men
- Body aches
- Swollen lymph node
- Blisters or sores on the penis
- Eczema herpetiform
- Eye infection
- Ulcers, blisters and sore around or inside the anus, around the thighs and buttocks.
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What Are The Most Common Herpes Symptoms In Women?
Herpes is not life-threatening but can have annoying and uncomfortable symptoms. Though symptoms can tell you that you might have herpes, it is possible to have herpes and not experience any symptom. This does not mean that you cannot spread the virus to other people. For this reason, herpes has spread widely. The fact that most women with herpes do not have herpes makes testing for HSV-1 and HSV-2 very important.
Most women have silent symptoms or do not show any symptoms at all. This means they can easily live without knowing they are infected and thus easily spread the virus.
Less Common Symptoms
- Blisters and sores around the cervix or the vulva and around the vagina
- Body aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Painful urination
- Vaginal itch
- Vaginal discharge
- Ulcers, blisters, and sores around or inside the anus, and around the thighs and buttocks
- Eye infection
- Eczema herpetiform
- Trouble urinating
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