Herpes 2 Photos and Basic Genital Herpes Symptoms
Most people that have been infected with herpes 2 are not even aware of their infection. However, if signs and symptoms occur during the first herpes outbreak, they can be quite pronounced. The first outbreak usually occurs within two weeks after the virus has been transmitted, and the sores/blisters typically heal within two to four weeks. Other signs and symptoms during the primary episode may include a second crop of sores/blisters, and flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands in the groin area. However, most individuals with herpes 2 infection never have sores, or they have very mild signs that they do not even notice or that they mistake for insect bites or another skin condition.
People diagnosed with a first episode of genital herpes can expect to have several (typically four or five) outbreaks (symptomatic recurrences) within a year. Over time these recurrences of symptoms usually decrease in frequency. It is possible that a person becomes aware of the “first episode” years after the infection is acquired.
There is a natural herpes 2 daily suppresion therapy available to help stop herpes 2 outbreaks. There are also antiviral drugs available, but side effects have been reported.