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Symptoms of a herpes outbreak vary some from one person to another as does the severity of an outbreak. Some people experience very severe symptoms and others with herpes have no real noticeable symptoms. Early symptoms of an impending herpes outbreak (during the period just before visible outbreak, known as prodome) may include:

a burning sensation in the genitals
lower back pain
pain when urinating
flu-like symptoms
small red bumps appearing in the genital area following earlier symptoms and later developing into painful blisters. Typically, these genital blisters will dry up, crusting over and forming a scab, in the process of healing.

Symptoms of a genital herpes outbreak typically occurs within a few days to a a few weeks after being exposed to the virus. The severity of the first outbreak is often more severe than subsequent outbreaks but there are also those for whom the initial outbreak may be so mild as to go undiagnosed as herpes. Though the initial occurrence often causes the characteristic blisters, it doesn't always do so.

Subsequent recurrences of the virus usually cause an outbreak of blisters. Fortunately, the healing of the skin from these blisters does not normally leave scarring. After the immune system has overcome the herpes virus, it retreats into the nerve ganglia and becomes dormant until again triggered into activity by any number of stressors. Catching the virus in its early stages almost always results in a shorter outbreak time.

When it gets into skin cells the virus reproduces itself and starts to multiply, making the skin red and sensitive. Blisters or bumps may appear on the genital area, the blisters first opening , and then healing with the regeneration of new skin tissue.

The infected area is usually painful and may itch, burn or tingle, during the outbreak. Other symptoms include swollen lymph glands, painful inflamed blisters which develop around infected area, muscle aches, headaches, fever, urethra infection that can cause burning sensation when urinating, and vaginal or penile discharge.

The first episode is the most severe, with most episodes lasting 10 - 21 days. A warning sign (prodrome) such as tingling is experienced by many people in recurring outbreaks. Should any of these symptoms occur, consult your doctor or other health care provider immediately. Genital herpes should be diagnosed professionally.

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