The First Outbreak

Symptoms of herpes are usually seen within 2-20 days after contact with an infected partner.

The first infection is sometimes so mild it isn't noticeable. Whilst in other cases, the first outbreak causes visible sores. Recurrences of the virus may cause itchy redness or an an outbreak of blisters.

The virus shelters in the nerves of the ear (Usually HSV1) and the base of the spine (Usually HSV2) and lies dormant. Even when no symptoms are present, transmission of the virus is said to be possible (asymptomatic viral shedding).

Normally no scarring is left after healing occurs which is in most cases between 7 to 14 days.

Typical Symptoms

When it gets into skin cells the virus reproduces itself and starts to multiply like crazy, reddening and sensitivity result.

Fluid filled blisters may appear on the area of infection, the blisters first breaking and then healing with the regeneration of new skin tissue.

During the outbreak the infected area may:

  • have itching sensations
  • tingling (usually a first sign
  • have a burning sensation
  • become painful

Other symptoms include:

  • painful watery blisters around the infected area
  • fevers
  • headache
  • a burning sensation when urinating caused by infection of the urethra
  • muscle or joint ache
  • swollen lymph glands
  • vaginal or penis discharge

The first episode is sometimes the most severe, lasting anything from 10-21 days. A warning sign (prodrome) such as tingling is experienced by many people prior to subsequent outbreaks.

Should any of these symptoms occur, consult your doctor or other health care provider immediately.

A professional should be consulted to diagnos and treat genital herpes .