Sometimes those that are infected don’t even know they are infected. Symptoms can appear mild enough to dismiss as another concern, or might not appear at all. It is, however, important to learn the symptoms of simplex 2 herpes just in case. Especially if you suspect you may have encountered someone infected with herpes.
Symptoms of Simplex 2 Herpes
Symptoms of Simplex 2 herpes, or genital herpes, can vary in outbreak severity. As mentioned before, sometimes there are no symptoms or asymptomatic. Typically, symptoms will occur 2-12 days after exposure to the virus.
If symptoms do manifest, an infected person will experience pain or itching in the genital area. Small blisters or red bumps will also develop in the genital region. Ulcers may form when the blisters rupture, causing it to scab. It can take 2-4 weeks to heal from these outbreaks.
Men and women can develop sores in the following areas: buttocks, thighs, anus, mouth, and urethra. Depending on your gender, you can also expect to develop sores in the cervix, vaginal area, penis, and scrotum.
During the initial outbreak, an infected person may also experience flu-like symptoms from headache and sore throat to fever and body aches. These symptoms make it easy to overlook the symptoms of simplex 2 herpes in favor of a more benign common cold.
The symptoms of simplex 2 herpes often do not manifest. It makes it difficult to determine if you really are infected. If symptoms do occur, they may be mild enough that you may dismiss them entirely. The only way to truly protect yourself from this infection is to practice safe sex and regular check-ups. Many herpes carriers do not even know they are infected.