What Are Genital Herpes Symptoms?

Q:
What are genital herpes symptoms?

A:
Symptoms may begin about two to 12 days after exposure to the herpes simplex virus (HSV). If you experience symptoms of genital herpes, they may include:

  • Pain or itching. You may experience pain and tenderness in your genital area until the infection clears.
  • Scabs. Skin will crust over and form scabs as ulcers heal.
  • Small red bumps or tiny white blisters. These may appear a few days to a few weeks after infection.
  • Ulcers. These may form when blisters rupture and ooze or bleed. Ulcers may make it painful to urinate.

During an initial outbreak, you may have flu-like signs and symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes in your groin, headache, muscle aches and fever.

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