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Genital Herpes - Symptoms

Most people never have any symptoms or have ones that are so mild they don't recognize them. But some people have painful and bothersome symptoms.

Sometimes the symptoms are confused with other common problems, like yeast infections or vaginosis.

The first herpes outbreak tends to last the longest and be the most severe. Symptoms of the first outbreak may include:

  • Flu-like symptoms,such as fever, headache, and muscle aches. These symptoms usually get better within a week.
  • Tingling, burning, itching, and rednessat the site where an outbreak is about to occur.
  • Painful, itchy blisterson the penis, on the vulva, or inside the vagina. Blisters may also appear on the anus, buttocks, thighs, or scrotum, either alone or in clusters. They may be barely noticeable or as large as a coin.
  • Painful, oozing sorescaused by blisters that break open.
  • Swollen and tenderlymph nodeslymph nodes camera.gifin the groin.
  • Painful urination.
  • Abnormal dischargefrom the vagina or penis.

Symptoms of later outbreaks are usually limited to blisters, sores, and swollen lymph nodes. The blisters may take up to three weeks to heal.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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