Herpes symptoms (Genital Herpes) do not always present themselves to those who have been infected. This is dangerous because it means that the victim remains unaware that he/she is infected, but can nonetheless still spread the infection to any sexual partners, or anyone who comes into contact with an open wound.
Herpes symptoms when they do present themselves are typically more severe with a primary infection. The symptoms that accompany subsequent outbreaks are usually less severe.
Primary Herpes symptoms
Primary Herpes symptoms, when they do present themselves, normally appear from 4 to 7 days after the initial infection. They include:
- Small blisters which manifest themselves around the buttocks, the genitals, the rectum, and the upper thighs. When these blisters eventually burst, they leave open sores
- In women, blisters and ulcers form on the cervix
- Also in women, there can be vaginal discharge
- Pain when urinating
- Feeling generally unwell, suffering from flu-like symptoms including aches and pains
When these Herpes symptoms do appear, they can last for up to 20 days. The sores left from burst blisters will eventually form scabs, then heal without leaving any scars
Herpes symptoms relating to recurring outbreaks
Once you have been infected with the Herpes Simplex virus, it remains in your body forever. It is mostly dormant, but when it does reawaken, it will cause a new outbreak. The symptoms of recurring outbreaks include:
- A burning, itching or tingling feeling in the genital area and upper thigh. This is a prelude to blisters forming.
- Sores forming when the red blisters burst.
- In women, blisters and ulcers forming on the cervix.
These recurring episodes last shorter than the primary episode and Herpes symptoms are not as severe. This is because your immune recognises the virus and is able to respond more quickly than it did previously.
To get an accurate diagnosis for Genital Herpes, you should be tested when an outbreak is current.
Depending on whether you are diagnosed during the primary infection or a subsequent one, the treatment you are offered will vary. Primary infections are usually treated with an anti-viral medication such as Aciclovir. Recurring episodes, depending on their severity and regularity, may be treated at home or with anti-viral medication.
Genital Herpes screening at the sexual health clinic Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you suspect you may have a Genital Herpes infection, or you are displaying Herpes symptoms, you should get checked out as soon as possible.
If you live and/or work in London you can visit the walk-in sexual health clinic operated by Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall for both diagnosis and treatment. If you prefer to call ahead and make an appointment, call 020 7638 4330.