Genital Herpes Symptoms
Understanding the symptoms of Genital Herpes is more important that you might think. As much as 70% of the UK population are likely to be infected at some stage of their lives.
Only 1 in every 3 people will be aware that they might have Genital Herpes and will be diagnosed. Two thirds of people will either only ever display mild symptoms, or have no symptoms. They will live on in ignorant bliss.
Once you have contracted a Genital Herpes infection, the virus will remain in your body system for the rest of your life. However, the fact that there is no out-and-out cure for the virus is no calamity.
The fact of the matter is that it is quite normal to live with the Herpes Simplex virus in our bodies. Two thirds of the UK population do.
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Symptoms of Genital Herpes Associated with a Prime Infection
The first time that the symptoms of Genital Herpes appear could be days, weeks, months and possibly even years after the initial infection. If you are one of the 30% who do display symptoms, they can include the following. They are listed in order of general appearance.
- Flu-like symptoms such as aches and pains in the lower back, the legs and/or groin.
- Irritation (itching, stinging or tingling) in the anal or genital areas
- Small blisters appearing in the anal area, on the buttocks, in the genital area, and/or on the tops of your thighs
- Pain (often described as a burning sensation) when you urinate
Symptoms of Genital Herpes Associated with Recurrent Infections
After the initial symptoms subside, the virus will remain dormant in your body. When it is reactivated (for reasons unknown), recurrent infections display similar symptoms to a prime infection. They are however, considerably milder. They are usually heralded by the sensations of irritation described above. Recurrent symptoms usually clear up unassisted in around 1-week.
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Treatment for Genital Herpes
It is usually only necessary to seek medical treatment for the symptoms of Genital Herpes with a prime infection. This is normally only when symptoms are more severe. The treatment is a course of anti-viral medication. To read more about this on the NHS website. If you are troubled with what might be the prime symptoms of Genital Herpes, you can get diagnosed and treated at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall. We offer a walk-in service or you can phone ahead to make a same day (or later) appointment by calling 020 7638 4330.