Symptoms of Herpes Simplex Virus
In some people, symptoms of herpes may be mild or there be no symptoms at all. Other people may experience symptoms including:
- Fluid-filled blisters anywhere on the skin, but especially on the penis, buttocks, anus or inside the vagina
- Trouble urinating or burning sensation when urinating
- Swollen lymph glands in the groin
- Muscle aches
If the herpes simplex virus has spread to your eyes, you may also experience:
- Swollen lids
- Pain or burning
- Sensitivity to light
Symptoms usually appear between 2 and 20 days after exposure to the virus. The blisters can last from 7 to 10 days.
Repeated outbreaks may occur when you are stressed, sick, overtired or have been out in the sun too long. Women may experience an outbreak at the beginning of their period.