Symptoms of Herpes Simplex Virus

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on whether it’s HSV-1 (usually associated with oral herpes) or HSV-2 (typically associated with genital herpes). Here are the common symptoms associated with both types:

  1. Oral Herpes (HSV-1):
    • Cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth or on the lips.
    • Tingling, itching, or burning sensations around the mouth before the blisters appear.
    • Painful blisters or sores that can break open and form ulcers, which may crust over and heal in about 2 to 4 weeks.
    • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
  2. Genital Herpes (HSV-2):
    • Small red bumps, blisters, or open sores in the genital or anal area.
    • Pain or itching in the genital area.
    • Pain or discomfort during urination.
    • Flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

It’s important to note that many people infected with HSV may not show any symptoms, or their symptoms may be so mild that they go unnoticed. Additionally, HSV can sometimes be mistaken for other conditions such as ingrown hairs, razor burn, or yeast infections.

If you suspect you may have herpes or have been exposed to the virus, it’s essential to consult a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and management. They may perform tests such as viral culture, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), or blood tests to confirm the presence of the virus.

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