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:

  • Tingling
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • 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
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph glands in the groin
  • Muscle aches

If the herpes simplex virus has spread to your eyes, you may also experience:

  • Redness
  • 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.