HSV can be deceiving. Most people who are infected with the virus have either no symptoms, or very mild outbreaks. Often, these outbreaks are mistaken for another skin ailment. Unfortunately, because of its subtly, a lot of individuals with HSV2 will remain unaware of their condition, aiding to the spreading of the disease to their partner. It is extremely important to pay attention to the infection and get it properly diagnosed so that others do not unknowingly become infected.
When outbreaks occur, the symptoms usually appear as blisters, or rash like bumps near the infected areas. This could be on or around the mouth, genital region, or even the rectum. When the blisters rupture, they can leave agonizing sores which can last anywhere from days, to weeks to heal. Occasionally, infected individuals may also experience flu-like symptoms during the initial outbreak. These may include chills, aches and pains, fever as well as swollen glands. Like previously stated, this does not happen to everyone. Some people may experience an outbreak without any symptoms. It may go unnoticed unless that particular person is very in tune with their body.
Here is a list of symptoms before actual outbreaks appear It is also important to know that during the first year the infection is present, the likelihood of repeat outbreaks is heightened. When dealing with reoccurring outbreaks for genital herpes, those infected may notice that the duration and the severity is lessened. This in mind, paying close attention to the infected area can make a big difference. For instance, Genital herpes may spread to other parts of the body if fluid from the sores is touched during an outbreak. Touching sensitive areas such as the face and eyes need to be taken with precaution. If contact with the infected area does occur, hands should be washed immediately and thoroughly to prevent transfer of the virus.
Another thing to consider is, although outbreaks seem to dissipate over time, the infection itself will stay inside the body indefinitely. Certain people with suppressed immune systems may be more susceptible to other diseases and may also have more painful blisters or sores during an outbreak. That is why seeking proper treatment is recommended immediately after diagnosis. Someone who thinks they may be infected should not feel embarrassed about learning about the virus and finding the right medication. Spreading of the infection can be prevented if individuals take the necessary steps and precautions.