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 the tingling feel like with herpes?
Symptoms of Genital Herpes
The first signs are a tingling sensation in the affected areas (genitalia, buttocks, and thighs) and groups of small red bumps that develop into blisters. Over the next 2 to 3 weeks, more blisters can appear and rupture into painful open sores.
Is herpes worse for females?
Genital herpes is more common in women than in men. This is because HSV-2 is transmitted more easily from men to women than from women to men. Symptoms of genital herpes tend to be worse in women. These typically include blisters that become painful sores.