What Do Genital Herpes Feel Like?

Genital Herpes Symptoms

You may feel itchy or tingly around your genitals.

This is usually followed by painful, small blisters that pop and leave sores that ooze or bleed.

Most people notice symptoms within a few weeks after they catch the virus from someone else.

What can be mistaken for herpes?

Contact Dermatitis Can Be Mistaken for Herpes

Contact dermatitis is a skin condition that can cause red, itchy, cracked, dry, or scaly skin, blisters, or a rash. Like herpes, it recurs, and while it’s not an STD, when it appears in the mouth or genital area, it may be mistaken for herpes.

What does a Herpe sore look like?

In oral herpes, most blisters appear on the lips or mouth. They can also form elsewhere on the face, especially around the chin and below the nose, or on the tongue. At first, the sores look similar to small bumps or pimples before developing into pus-filled blisters. These may be red, yellow or white.

How long does it take for herpes to show up after exposure?

The average incubation period for an initial herpes infection is 4 days (range, 2 to 12) after exposure. The vesicles break and leave painful ulcers that may take two to four weeks to heal after the initial herpes infection. Experiencing these symptoms is referred to as having a first herpes “outbreak” or episode.

How do you know if you’re having a herpes outbreak?

First Outbreak

  • Itching, tingling, or burning feeling in the vaginal or anal area.
  • Flu-like symptoms, including fever.
  • Swollen glands.
  • Pain in the legs, buttocks, or vaginal area.
  • A change in vaginal discharge.
  • Headache.
  • Painful or difficult urination.
  • A feeling of pressure in the area below the stomach.