Even though you can still pass the infection, you may never notice that you have symptoms from an HSV infection. On the other hand, you might notice symptoms within a few days to a couple of weeks after the initial contact. Or, you might not have an initial outbreak of symptoms until months or even years after becoming infected.
When symptoms occur soon after a person is infected, they tend to be severe.
They may start as small blisters that eventually break open and produce raw,
painful sores that scab and heal over within a few weeks. The blisters and sores
may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms with fever and swollen lymph nodes.
Can Symptoms Be Treated?
There is no cure for genital herpes. But the symptoms can be lessened and prevented with treatment. Treatment can also reduce the risk of infecting others.
Your health care provider may prescribe antiviral medications to help prevent or reduce the pain and discomfort from an outbreak of symptoms. Medication taken on a daily basis to suppress the virus can reduce the number of outbreaks and reduce the risk of infecting others.
Can Symptoms Come Back?
People who have an initial outbreak following a genital HSV infection can expect to have four to five outbreaks within a year.
As time goes on, your body builds up more immunity to the virus, and the outbreaks may become less frequent, even stopping altogether in some people.
H-Eraser and H-Eraser + are both natural treatments to help suppress herpes symptoms.
What Causes Symptoms to Come Back?
When symptoms recur, they usually come on during times of emotional stress or illness. That's because, during these times, your body's immune system may be less able to suppress the virus and keep it from becoming active.
Symptom triggers can include:
. Sexual intercourse
Can Symptoms Be Treated at Home?
There are things you can do to relieve the discomfort and severity of the symptoms during an outbreak. Home treatments include:
. Take painkillers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen.
. Bathe sore areas with a warm salt-water solution twice a day (1/2 teaspoon salt with 1/2 pint warm water).
. Let air circulate around the sores by wearing loose-fitting clothes.
. Put an ice pack on the affected area. Wrap the ice pack in a towel or piece of cloth.
. Get plenty of rest.
There are also things you can do to avoid passing the virus to other parts of your body, as well as to other people. Take these steps:
. Don't kiss when you or your partner has cold sores.
. Avoid oral sex when either partner has oral or genital sores.
. Don't have genital or anal contact when any sores are present.
. Wash your hands with soap and water after touching infected areas.
. Don't wet your contact lenses with saliva.
How Serious of a Health Problem Are the Symptoms of Genital Herpes?
For most people, genital herpes is not a serious threat to their health. Aside from the discomfort, an HSV infection is more of a psychological stressor. It can:
. Create anxiety
. Affect a person's self-esteem
. Interfere with a person's sense of security and intimacy
In some cases, though, complications from genital herpes can be serious, even life-threatening.
Although it's rare, pregnant women can pass on the herpes infection to their child. This can result in a serious and sometimes deadly infection in the baby. That's why taking steps to prevent an outbreak at time of delivery is recommended starting at 34 weeks into the pregnancy. If you have signs of an active viral infection when it's time to deliver, your doctor will likely recommend a cesarean section for delivery.