Symptoms of Herpes

Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease which consists of two different strains: Herpes simplex Type 1 and Herpes Simplex Type 2.  Most people are concerned with genital herpes or herpes simplex 2.

The primary and most common symptom of herpes is a cluster of small blisters that are filled with fluid which will become painful sores.  These sores will scab or crust over and heal.  Symptoms of herpes may come and go; there is no cure but only medications which help manage the outbreaks easier. Some people will not experience symptoms or may mistake them for something else.

Symptoms of herpes:

As noted, small blisters are the most common symptom of herpes.  Here is a list of other potential symptoms associated with herpes simplex 2:

  • a rash or small bumps appearing like pimples
  • painful urination
  • fluid discharge from the vagina
  • fever, swollen lymph glands may follow the onset of the infection
  • itching, tingling, or burning in the affected area

Symptoms of herpes - affected areas:

The symptoms of herpes most commonly occur in the genital area, but any of the following areas may be affected by the disease:

  • Penis
  • Vagina
  • Scrotum
  • Vulva
  • Anus
  • Buttocks
  • Inner Thighs
  • Urethra

Symptoms of herpes - prognosis:

Herpes is a condition that may not be cured.  There are medications to help manage the outbreaks.  Once you have been exposed to herpes, the first outbreak is usually the worst.  The following outbreaks are usually less severe and in some cases people do not even recognize when an outbreak occurs because the symptoms are so minor.

It is important to know that herpes can be passed whether you are having an outbreak or not.