The first genital herpes outbreak is usually the most painful, and the initial episode may last longer than later outbreaks. Symptoms may last for two to four weeks.
Some people develop other signs of genital herpes infection, particularly with the first episode including:
• muscle aches,
• headaches (may be severe),
• vaginal discharge or painful urination, and
• swollen and tender lymph nodes in the groin (these swell as the body tries to fight the infection).
Later outbreaks of genital herpes
• If the disease returns, later outbreaks generally have much less severe symptoms. Many people with recurrent disease develop pain or a tingling sensation in the area of the infection even before any blisters or ulcers can be seen. This is due to irritation and inflammation of the nerves leading to the infected area of skin. After several outbreaks, people come to recognize the symptoms very early and by taking extra precautions (like taking hire doses of lysine and vitamin c, applying topical creams) they can shorten the outbreak dramatically or even end it in the bud.
The First Genital Herpes Outbreak – how does it look
The rash of herpes is a cluster of vesicles on a red base. In moist areas like the vagina, herpes may cause ulcerations instead of blisters. In women, the first outbreak of genital herpes can occur on the vulva, cervix, vagina, urethra, anus, buttocks, or thighs. Men usually get an outbreak on the tip of the penis or the shaft, but rarely around the base. Men who have sex with men may also get blisters in or around the anus. The rash in men is usually mild — only 6 to 10 blisters. The blisters in men and women are painful and contain a large number of viral particles; therefore, they are very contagious.
Women and the First Genital Herpes Outbreak
Women are four times more likely to be infected with HSV-2 than men. For some reason, women have more severe disease and more complications during the first infection than men. If a woman gets a herpes outbreak on the cervix or vagina and not externally, she may develop vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, or burning with urination. With the first outbreak, some women may get a second round of blisters or ulcers in the second week.
How Long the First Genital Herpes Outbreak Lasts
The first herpes infection usually lasts for 2 to 3 weeks, but skin pain can last for 1 to 6 weeks. The blisters dry out and crust over. When the crusts fall off, the area is usually not contagious anymore. There is evidence that some people have low levels of virus present even when they do not have symptoms.
Home remedies for dealing with the pain and discomfort of your blisters
1. Wear cotton underwear and when possible no underwear 🙂
2. Abstain from sex or masturbation, you will only make the sores worse.
3. When peeing if it hurts you can do it in a shower or a bath. A girl even suggested peeing in a bottle to avoid the urine contacting the skin
4. Take some pain killers like acetaminophen or Tylenol to ease the pain.
5. Apply ice cubes on the areas to ease the pain
6. After taking a bath or applying any moisture like an ice pack blow dry the area.