Herpes is one of the most widely contracted diseases in the US with around 17% of the individuals suffering from it according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Herpes can be sexually transmitted and remains a contagious disease, in some cases even after treatment. There are two types of viruses that cause Herpes with the first being HSV-1 which causes Oral Herpes and the other being HSV-2 which causes Genital Herpes.
Some symptoms of the disease are common across each type while some of them are specific to the type of virus present in the body. The disease affects both the sexes in a similar manner and Herpes symptoms are therefore mainly similar for both men and women. Many scientists working on vaccine although there is still no cure for herpes as of 2016.
Common Symptoms of Oral Herpes
Symptoms of oral herpes differ from person to person. However, there are some symptoms which are consistent with each patient of Oral Herpes. They include:
Blisters all around the face, lips and tongue. The blisters or sores cause a lot of pain and contain pus or fluid. The blisters often last for 7-14 days before breaking open allowing the fluid inside to escape. Before they show up, the skin around the blisters might burn and itch a lot for 24 hours or so.
Appearance of sores all around other parts of the body (not as probable as their appearance over the face, mouth, lips and tongue)
High fever and pain all over the body (symptoms similar to that of the flu)
Swelling of the neck lymph nodes.
Common Symptoms of Genital Herpes
Genital Herpes is the other type of herpes caused by HSV-2 and has symptoms that are slightly different than Oral herpes.
These symptoms include:
Blisters and sores over the buttocks, anus, penis and vagina. The blisters are similar to those that appear in the case of oral herpes and they last for around a week or two as well before the fluid oozes out of the blister to form a crust.
Blisters and sores on other parts of the body (less likely than the appearance of blisters and sores around the genitals)
High fever and pain all over the body.
Swelling of the groin lymph nodes.
How Can I Tell If I Have Herpes?
Herpes is one of the most widely contracted diseases in the world with a large number of individuals suffering from it. While herpes is a commonly known STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease), it isn’t the easiest to diagnose with around 80% of the patients unaware of the presence of the HSV-1 or HSV-2 virus in their body. In many cases, herpes doesn’t show any signs or symptoms while in a number of cases, the herpes outbreak is mistaken for many other diseases or is simply ignored as not being serious enough. However, the knowledge about whether you have herpes or not can help as the disease is contagious and can spread through oral or sexual contact to any uninfected individual! Before any herpes cure breakthrough happens it’s best to know if you infected with it.
Look Out for Herpes Symptoms
Herpes symptoms start to appear around a week or two after you come in contact either orally or sexually with an infected individual. This is normally the first outbreak and is the strongest of the lot. There is no real way to know whether you have oral herpes or genital herpes without just going through the symptoms although you can get an idea of whether you are suffering from herpes or not by inspecting for herpes symptoms. These symptoms include:
Painful blisters which are full of fluid all around the body although they would mostly be found in and around the face, mouth, lips, tongue or around the penis, vagina, buttocks and anus. These blisters are normally overlooked as part of any simple infection or a bite from an insect or as a heat burn / rash.
High fever and muscular pain.
Problems or pain when urinating.
Arrange for a STD Test
If you feel that the symptoms that you are facing are similar to herpes then it’s best to confirm your suspicions immediately by arranging for a STD test. If you decide to get a test during the outbreak i.e. while you have blisters then the doctor would easily be able to test it directly, yet if you decide to get a test after the outbreak, the doctor would have to draw some blood. In either case, the STD test would be able to totally confirm or deny the presence of HSV-1 or HSV-2 in your body. These tests, however, can’t tell the difference between the two and would only reveal whether you have herpes or not. You will require a full DNA test to know the type of the virus as well.…