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Genital Herpes Signs & Symptoms

Are you concerned you may be experiencing symptoms of genital herpes? Do you have aches, itching or have lesions/ blisters in your genital area?

If you’re not sure then read below at the signs and symptoms of genital herpes. And if your still not sure, go to the doctor and get tested specifically for the herpes virus. There are a few ways to get tested, so click here to find out more.

FACT:
65% of people infected with genital herpes HSV-2 do not get any signs and symptoms.
 

First Signs & Symptoms of Genital Herpes

Symptoms leading up to the appearance of herpes on the genitals can vary depending on the person. The most common symptoms are;

  • Itching or tingling in the groin area and base of the spine (as the Herpes Virus travels up the nerves to the skin) 
  • Pain in the lower back, down the legs and in the genital area
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Swelling 
  • Sensitivity and redness in the area
  • Red risen skin
  • Pain when urinating
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches

These signs and symptoms of genital herpes are what most people will experience.

Also note that some people do not encounter any signs and symptoms of genital herpes and this is why it is passed on so quickly throughout the world.

People don’t realize they are contagious and engage in sex with their partner.

It is always a good idea to practice safe sex, even when you don’t experience signs and symptoms of a genital herpes outbreak.

HERPES OUTBREAK SYMPTOMS

Once you have started experiencing the first signs of genital herpes, the next stage is the outbreak signs and symptoms. The original herpes symptoms may continue, though becoming worse.

And where you experienced redness and risen skin you may get:

  • a lesion or blister/s that opens up (like an ulcer)
  • Tiny sores
  • Small cracks in the skin 
  • A distinct rash
  • Chafing 

This is very uncomfortable and you should avoid touching the area during this time. If it is your first outbreak, this will be the most severe outbreak you will have.

Keep the area dry and clean during this time. Avoid unnecessary friction and wear loose natural fiber clothing. 

MISTAKING GENITAL HERPES SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

A lot of people do not want to admit that they may have an STD and mistake Genital herpes symptoms for other ailments. The signs and symptoms of genital herpes can be easily mistaken for other conditions such as:

  • Thrush 
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Pimples
  • Genital warts
  • eczema 

These conditions all have some of the similar signs and symptoms of genital herpes but do not end in an open lesion or blister.

So be careful to look out for this particular sign. If you are unsure, make sure you go to a doctor and get tests done to be sure. 

Symptoms of Genital Herpes in Woman

The symptoms of genital herpes in woman is harder to detect than in men.

This being the fact that woman can have outbreaks inside their vagina.
Around 65% of woman don’t even realize that they have genital herpes at all or mistake it for another ailment.

Fact: 1 in 6 Woman have Genital Herpes

The symptoms of female genital herpes is aching and tingling in the genital area, with redness, risen skin and sensitivity where the outbreak will appear.

This is usually at the entrance of the vagina or anus, though can appear on the labia and around the genital area too.

Please note you are contagious at this time and should restrain from any sexual contact.

Woman with symptoms of genital herpes such as itching and tingling may  find it extremely uncomfortable. If you are having these symptoms, please click here to find out how to soothe your genital herpes symptoms.

After some time the red, risen skin will turn into lesion/s or blister/s which will contain a clear or whitish liquid that is HIGHLY contagious (See genital herpes pictures). The lesion/ blister will open up and seep on average for around 1-2 days. It is best to leave the area alone and keep clean and dry, washing  your hands thoroughly if you do come into contact with the area.

Symptoms of genital herpes in woman can vary, and even be non existent. Each woman is different. Personally, my first out break I mistook it for thrush. It wasn’t until I started getting the blisters and lesions did I go to the doctor. And even then I was wrongly diagnosed. This is why its very important to get a test done and not take anyone’s visual diagnosis.

Genital herpes in woman can also depending on your psychological health and acceptance of the genital herpes virus. Plus there are great treatments available for woman with genital herpes.

Symptoms of Genital Herpes in Men 

The symptoms of genital herpes in men are similar to those symptoms in woman. Men will find aching and tingling in the genital area and lower back, with red irritated skin around the penis, scrotum and anus (depending where the outbreak will occur).
This itching sensation will be like a rash and you will want to scratch. Try and avoid any irritation to the area.  If you are having these symptoms, please click here to find out how to soothe your genital herpes symptoms. 

Fact: 1 in 12 Men have Genital Herpes

After the initial red irritated and itchy skin, lesion/s or blister/s will appear on the skin which will contain a clear or whitish liquid that is HIGHLY contagious (see genital herpes pictures).

The lesion/ blister will open up and seep on average for around 1-2 days.

It is best to leave the area alone and keep clean and dry, washing  your hands thoroughly if you do come into contact with the area.

Genital herpes in men can vary, depending on your psychological health and acceptance of the genital herpes virus.

Remember there are great treatment available for men with genital herpes.

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