There are two types of people with the genital herpes simplex virus (HSV). One group do not experience any symptoms at all when they are first infected. So actually they do not know that they have the virus. That’s why it is important to know that the symptoms could appear only after a few months only. In some cases after a few years.
The another group – with HSV – does experience symptoms after they first infected. The symptoms will usually begin to appear between 5-7 days after they have been exposed to the virus.
Good to know: the first time you are infected with genital herpes simplex it is called the primary infection. Symptoms with a primary infection (most of the times) are more severe, than the symptoms of recurrent infections.
Symptoms of a primary infection
if you have a primary infection of genital herpes, you may have one or more symptoms of the followings:
- painful red blisters, which soon burst to leave ulcers on your external genital area, rectum (back passage), thighs, and buttocks,
- blisters and ulceration on the cervix (lower part of the womb),
- vaginal discharge – only for women,
- pain – during you pass urine,
- flu-like symptoms with fever,
- generally feeling unwell.
The symptoms of a primary genital herpes infection is different to the other, recurrent infections. It may last for up to 3 weeks. The ulcers will after some time dry out and heal, and most importantly, it won’t leave any scarring.
Symptoms of recurrent infections
After having the primary infection of genital herpes, your symptoms will disappear. But in the same time the HSV will still be present in your body.
Most probably the virus will be active again from time to time, causing recurrent infections.
Here are a couple of symptoms you may have by having recurrent infection of genital herpes:
- a tingling or burning sensation around your genitals before your blisters appear
- blisters on or/and around genitals (penis, vagina), which sometimes break open and are causing painful sores.
- blisters and ulceration also on the cervix (lower part of the womb) in women,
- pain from urine passing over the sores
After the primary infection your body will produce antibodies, so you can “fight” the Herpes Simplex Virus more effectively and efficiently. This also means, that the recurrent infections are less severe than the primary infection, and they are also shorter.
By the recurrent infections you will still have blister and ulceration, but most probably you won’t have fever and won’t feel unwell as you did by the primary infections.
Useful information: Genital herpes that is caused by type 1 (HSV-1) tends to recur less often than infections that are caused by type 2 (HSV-2).
Genital herpes cannot be cured. Unfortunately the virus will stay in your body forever. Although there are products to help you have fewer and shorter outbreaks in the future. What I use, and most of my mates with the same problem, is a liquid oral spray, 100%organic. It’s really easy to use. It makes your life much more comfortable and pleasurable. 🙂