What symptoms of genital herpes did you have with your first outbreak?
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What are the signs and symptoms of genital herpes?
Many people infected with genital herpes have mild symptoms or symptoms that are mistaken for another condition. It is also possible to be infected and have no symptoms, so not everyone who is infected may be aware of the infection.
When signs and symptoms are present, they consist of:
Typically painful blisters (that may appear like "pimples") around the genital area
Blisters around the anal area
Ulcer formation after the blisters break open
Blisters take 2 to 4 weeks to heal.
With the first outbreak of genital herpes, a person may also experience flu-like symptoms including:
Swollen lymph nodes
Immediately prior to an outbreak, there may be an itching, burning, or tingling sensation of the skin.
In women, genital herpes usually causes blistering lesions on the vulva and around the vaginal opening that progress to ulcer formation. The infection spreads to involve the cervix in most cases, leading to cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix). In some women, cervicitis may be the only sign of genital herpes infection. Infection and inflammation of the urethra accompanies the infection in some women, leading to pain on urination.
After the initial infection, a person may or may not have outbreaks later in life.