What Are Sure Shot Signs Of Herpes


Though there are several kinds of herpes infections, only a few are commonly identified and prevalent. They are genital herpes and oral herpes caused by Herpes Simplex Virus1 (HSV1), Herpes Simplex Virus2 (HSV2) and shingles 


Some people (almost 25%) do not have any symptoms or they are mild, especially if they are infected by the HSV2 virus. Yet transmission of disease is possible.


Symptoms of Genital Herpes


1. A prickly sensation in the genital area


2. Small sores that gradually become blisters


3. They open up and become painful with a lot of redness


4. The blisters then heal, dry and disappear without leaving scars




5. Flu like symptoms may also become evident (for about 50% of the people with herpes) like body ache, tiredness, headache and fever


6. Some women may also notice vaginal discharge


7. Swollen lymph glands of the groin are evident in some cases of herpes


8. Some people experience painful urination


The symptoms recurs 4 to 8 times in a year.


The lesions appear almost in the same position that the first outbreak occurred. As the outbreaks recur, it is seen that the sores are smaller and heal faster. The healing also takes lesser time (3 days compared to the three weeks of primary infection). Recurrence is more likely of genital herpes has been caused by the HSV2 virus


Symptoms of Oral Herpes


It is generally caused by the HSV1 virus, but there are some cases of oral herpes being caused by the HSV2 virus too


1. There are lesions in the area near the mouth, lip and tongue


2. The mucous membrane inside the mouth is also infected in some cases


3. The sores open up, cause a lot of pain and then develop a yellowish colored membrane before the skin starts healing



4. There is extra salivation and instances of bad breath


5. In some cases chills are experienced


6. Some people complain of loss of hearing


7. Some people may also feel swallowing a problem and experience muscle pain in the area


8. Recurrence is restricted to once in six months. Oral herpes caused by the HSV1 virus is more likely to recur


9. The subsequent outbreaks are milder and last for a shorter time than the primary


Symptoms of Complications of Herpes


The herpes virus may create complications when it infects the eye. The condition is called herpes keratitis. The symptoms are pain, discharge and a feeling as if something is lodged within the eye


Pregnant women with herpes tend to pass on the infection to the newborn at the time of delivery and the painful lesions are evident on the newborn’s skin.


Birth acquired herpes may lead to very serious complications that include seizures, encephalitis, problems related to the nervous system and the brain


Symptoms, apart from the painful blisters, that accompany birth acquired herpes are


1. Cyanosis


2. Lethargic appearance


3. Tendency to bleed more often


4. Possibility of seizures


5. Decreased body temperature


6. Decreased appetite


If the herpes virus has spread all over the body then it is called disseminated herpes


Disseminated herpes shows symptoms of complications of the kidney, liver, respiratory and nervous systems. There may not be lesions on the skin. This is the most dangerous of all types of herpes and is fatal quite often


Herpes caused by the varicella zoster (the same virus that causes chicken pox) is called shingles. 

The symptoms are

1. Painful blisters confined to a small area anywhere in the body.


2. The nerve at that point is also affected and so the pain is severe


3. Shingles recurs (only rarely) if the person is under stress, undergoing chemotherapy, or does not have a strongly functional immune system


Blurb: The symptoms of herpes vary from simple to severe. The initial outbreak is seen by the appearance of blisters that erupt and dry in a few weeks time. There are other symptoms like flu, fatigue and loss of appetite too. When herpes throughout the body it is called ‘disseminated herpes’ and the severity of symptoms can lead to death. 

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