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Most people are aware of some of the symptoms of Herpes, but many would be surprised to know that it can also cause a tingling or painful feeling in the feet and lower body.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Approximately half of patients who recognize recurrences have prodromal symptoms, such as mild tingling or shooting pains located in the legs, hips and buttocks occurring hours to days before eruption of herpetic lesions.”

What can be done about pain or tingling in the feet?

While there is no known cure for herpes, there are a few different medications used to treat it. Over-the-counter Tylenol or Advil can be taken to alleviate any body aches associated with herpes. Always ask your doctor before taking any over-the-counter drugs in conjunction with prescribed herpes medication.

What are other symptoms of herpes?

Can Herpes Cause Tingling in Feet?Most people associate herpes symptoms with sores, blisters, itching and burning of the mouth or genitals. These are the most common — and often most painful — symptoms. But in addition to these and the tingling of the feet and legs, herpes symptoms also extend to:

  • Abdominal pressure or cramps

  • Fever

  • Fatigue or loss of energy

  • Nausea

  • Chills

  • Swollen lymph glands

How long do symptoms last?

The initial outbreak of herpes symptoms is usually the most severe and can last up to six weeks before going into remission. Recurring outbreaks are typically less severe, and can last anywhere from a few days to about two weeks. Some people experience more severe symptoms than others and not everyone infected with herpes will experience symptoms.

If you are experiencing tingling in your feet and any other herpes symptoms, visit your local FastMed location. We can perform an STD test to determine if you are infected with herpes and if so, can prescribe the necessary medication to treat it.

About FastMed

FastMed Urgent Care owns and operates nearly 200 centers in North Carolina, Arizona and Texas that provide a broad range of acute/episodic and preventive healthcare services 365 days a year. FastMed also provides workers’ compensation and other occupational health services at all its centers, and family and sports medicine services at select locations. FastMed has successfully treated more than six million patients and is the only independent urgent care operator in North Carolina, Arizona and Texas to be awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for quality, safety and infection control in ambulatory healthcare. For more information about locations, services, hours of operation, insurance and prices, visit

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