Do you think you have been exposed to herpes? Are you showing symptoms? Herpes is one of the most commonly contracted STDs for men and women. Herpes cannot be cured. It will stay with you for your life, so be aware of the symptoms. Just because you can’t eradicate the virus from your body doesn’t mean you can’t learn to live with the disease.
There is no way to look at someone and determine whether they have herpes. Some people will never show any symptoms of infection. That is why we recommend always using a condom. If there is the slightest possibility you might have been infected, we also recommend STD testing right away.
The first herpes outbreak will typically show up between 2 to 20 days after initial infection and might last for a maximum of two weeks. Often, the symptoms are mild and might go unnoticed or mistaken for a bug bite, or some other skin condition.
For those people who exhibit symptoms, the first outbreak is the worst. As soon as the virus enters skin cells, it starts multiplying, which results in swelling, redness, and sensitivity. Most often, small bumps or blisters will occur in the genital region. Outbreaks can hurt, be itchy, burn, or tingle.
For females, blisters may pop up on the outside genitals, vaginal area, behind, cervix, or anus. In males, blisters might show up on the scrotum, penis, buttocks, thighs, in the urethra or anus.
However, the blisters are not the only herpes symptoms. If you have contacted the herpes virus, you might feel like you have the flu, lymph glands might swell, your head can hurt, you may have muscle pain, a hot temperature, discharge from the penis or vagina, burning when you pee, as well as lower backache.
It is important to note that over 60% of the people who have this infection don’t feel any symptoms and don’t realize they have this disease. This is why it is very important to have safe sex and routine STD testing.
Additional Herpes outbreaks are normally not as long as the first one and not as bad, but do occur – typical 4 times yearly. However, they could lessen in frequency over time and are generally preceded by warning signs. A lot of people spend their whole life with herpes, just doing something to help the symptoms when they happen since currently, it isn’t possible for people to be completely cured.
Herpes outbreaks can be treated with medications. Occasionally non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines are utilized, along with prescription antiviral drugs like Valtrex or Zovirax.