What Does Genital Herpes Look And 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 genital 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 genital herpes look like?

Genital sores vary in size and number, but as with oral herpes, they look like pimples or blisters filled with fluid. They will burst and develop a yellowy crust as they heal. Females are more likely to have trouble urinating during a genital herpes outbreak than men.

Would I know if I had herpes?

How do I know if I have genital herpes? Most people who have genital herpes have no symptoms, or have very mild symptoms. Herpes sores usually appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take a week or more to heal.

How can you tell a girl has herpes?

The first signs may include:

  • 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.