Early Stage Of Genital Herpes
Early stage of genital herpes infection happens after the herpes simplex virus invades the body. However, some virus usually remains in latency until it is triggered to become active, thus causing symptoms of skin disorder. Symptoms of early stage of genital herpes may appear within 2 to 10 days after incubation. Treatment in the early stage of genital herpes infection can calm down the pain and will heal the symptoms temporarily. The signs and symptoms on the early stage of genital herpes infection are usually characterized by a tingling or burning feeling in the skin. It will then be followed by slight swelling and will then develop into a painful fluid-filled blisters appear.
Rashes and clusters of small blisters could appear in and around the genital area, in the vagina, penis, scrotum, anus and thighs. Blisters will burst over 1-2 weeks and will turn to shallow, sore ulcers. The glands in the groin may swell and feel like lumps at the top of your legs. After the early stage of genital herpes the patient may feel fever-like symptoms from of severe aches and pain in the body. To relieve the pain, you can use paracetamol and other over-the-counter painkillers.
After genital herpes invades the skin or mucous membranes during the early stage of genital herpes’ first episode symptoms, the virus travels to the sensory nerves at the end of the spinal cord where it remains inside the nerve cells and remains dormant. Recurrent outbreaks may occur at some time where the body’s immune system does not have enough build up on antibody against the virus. When the virus reactivates, it travels along the nerves to the skin causing new sores to appear and same cycle goes on over and over again.
Further episodes are likely to occur from time to time and these are called “flare up” or recurrent outbreaks. This is due to the fact that the dormant virus reactivates from time to time. Recurrent outbreaks tend to be less severe and the duration is shorter than the genital herpes and first outbreak. Herpes simplex virus can reactivate without any visible symptoms like sores and blisters being present. It can shed the virus to the nearby skin area causing to multiply and reproduce. Shedding occurs without any feeling of discomfort that could last in 1-2 days. Without knowing that you have the virus poses a risk and you are not be aware that you may infect a sexual partner during this time.
Recurrent outbreaks can last only for 3-5 days as compared to the initial outbreak that lasts in 2-3 weeks. To some people, the average number of recurrent outbreaks can average in six or more episodes in one year. Recurrent outbreaks can be prevented with the use of antiviral drugs as prescribed by your doctor.