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The most common herpes symptom are sores on your genitals or mouth. Sometimes people confuse herpes symptoms with other things, like pimples, ingrown hairs, and the flu. Once you have herpes, it stays in your body for life. The most common symptoms of genital herpes is a group of itchy or painful blisters on your vaginavulvacervixanuspenisscrotum ballsbutt, or the inside of your thighs. The blisters break and turn into sores. You might have these other symptoms too:.
But sometimes it takes years for the first outbreak to happen. The first herpes outbreak lasts about 2 to 4 weeks. Even though the blisters go away, the virus stays in your body and can cause sores again. You might notice some warning s a few hours or days before outbreaks flare up, like itching, burning, or a tingly feeling on your genitals. Herpes outbreaks are no fun, but the first one is the worst. Repeat outbreaks are usually shorter and less painful. Most people with herpes get fewer outbreaks as time goes on, and some stop having them altogether.
Herpes symptoms may be more painful and last longer in people with illnesses that damage your immune system — like leukemia and HIV. Oral herpes causes sores on your lips or around your mouth — called cold sores or fever blisters. You can also get sores inside your mouth, but that usually only happens the first few times you have symptoms.
Cold sores last a few weeks and then go away on their own. They can pop up again in weeks, months, or years. Cold sores are annoying, but usually harmless in kids and adults — they can be really dangerous to newborn babies, though. The most common symptom of genital herpes in men is a cluster of blistery sores — usually on your penis or anus. Symptoms may last up to a few weeks and go away.
They may return in weeks, months, or years. The first time genital herpes symptoms appear is called the "first episode" or "initial herpes. But it may be years before the first symptoms appear. Herpes sores usually heal in a few weeks. But the virus stays in your body — and it can flare up and cause sores again. The only way to find out for sure if you have genital herpes is to get checked out by a doctor or nurse. Planned Parenthood health centersmany other clinics, private health care providers, and health departments offer herpes tests and herpes treatments.
The only way to know for sure if you have genital herpes is to get checked out by a doctor or nurse. The most common genital herpes symptoms in women is a cluster of blistery sores that show up on your vulva, cervix, or anus. Symptoms may last several weeks and go away. A doctor or nurse can tell you if the sores are caused by herpes by looking at them or by testing fluid from the sores.
The thing is, many people with genital herpes have no symptoms, or have very mild symptoms that go unnoticed. Not sure if you should visit a health center for testing? After that, you may never have another outbreak again. Or you may find that you get one several weeks or months later. Medicine can make them happen less often, and ointments can make sores heal faster and be less of a bother.
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