There are some diseases which announce their arrival with external signs, which we commonly refer to as an outbreak. These signs may be in the form of irregularities on your skin or pain in various parts of your body. So what about genital herpes outbreaks? The most common way in which an outbreak of herpes can be detected is well, the absence of one. This is because genital herpes symptoms rarely surface before two weeks of contracting the herpes simplex virus or HSV-2. But this can be dangerous as genital herpes is a common problem which may strike you at any time, particularly if you have multiple sexual partners. So, let’s find out how actually an outbreak of herpes can be detected and also a lot more about it.
The first outbreak of genital herpes, when the symptoms begin to show, is characterized by:
High fever, sudden and apparently without reason.
Muscle aches which make day to day activities difficult.
Headaches which are quite severe and may be similar to migraine.
Difficulty or pain in urinating, both for men and women. Women may also experience a vaginal discharge and a burning sensation if herpes lesions have appeared in their cervix.
Swollen lymph nodes in the groin region, as a result of your body’s natural response to herpes infection. This makes the groin region particularly tender.
Rashes which are actually a cluster of vesicles. In men, these may appear on the tip of the penis or around the anus in case they are in a same-sex relationship. Women experience the outbreak of genital herpes in the vaginal region and around the anus if they contract the virus via anal sex.
Genital herpes is also characterized by recurring outbreaks which may continue for several years at a stretch. But luckily for you, these outbreaks are usually much less problematic than the first one. You may experience mild pain or a sensation which makes you conscious of a probable recurrence much before lesions or ulcers appear again. This usually happens due to inflammation of the nerves underlying the infected areas of your body.
In case of both the first outbreak and ones in the future, women need to be more careful. This is because; statistics reveal that the incidence of genital herpes is more in women than in women. And it is also true that during the initial outbreak women suffer more severe complications than men. In fact some women may get a second appearance of blisters or ulcers once the first ones have healed and that too within just two weeks into the first outbreak of herpes.
Even though the first outbreak of genital herpes usually does not last long, you may experience pain or uneasiness for up to six weeks after the ulcers and lesions have healed. In case your symptoms are latent and come up more than two weeks after you start carrying the virus, it may take more time for you to heal.Find out about genital herpes treatments!