Herpes is a highly contagious disease that is frequently spread through sex. The CDC estimates that 776,000 people in the United States contract new herpes infections each year; it also approximates that 16% of persons aged 14 to 49 currently have herpes. Herpes is characterized by skin lesions and blisters that can easily spread. However, some people who are infected with herpes have extremely mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
So, how do I know if I have herpes? FastMed Urgent Care can help you answer that question.
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How Do I Know if I Have Herpes? What Are the symptoms? What Are the Complications?
There are two types of herpes: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 usually manifests on the lips or face as cold sores; whereas, HSV-2 usually spreads in the genital area as genital herpes. While these are the most common sites of each type, it is possible for HSV-1 to occur in the genital area, and vice versa. Below are the answers to some common questions about herpes.
What are the symptoms of herpes?
- A day or two before an actual outbreak, you may experience tingling, itching, or burning at the site of the herpes sores
- During an outbreak, the skin becomes red and sensitive and blisters begin to form
- Many people experience flu-like symptoms during a herpes outbreak
What are some complications associated with herpes?
- The most common complication is spreading it to other areas of the body like your eyes and nose
- Genital herpes can cause bladder problems, rectal inflammation, and meningitis
- If babies are exposed to the virus during the birthing process, they can suffer brain damage, blindness, and even death.
How do I know I have herpes if I do not have any symptoms?
If you think you may have herpes, but do not have any visible symptoms, your healthcare provider can give you a blood test to check for HSV-1 or HSV-2 antibodies.
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