Genital herpes What is genital herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection STI which shows as blisters or sores on the genitals. This is caused by the herpes simplex virus HSV. Terms explained Sexually transmitted infection STI — any infection or disease that can be passed from one person to another during sexual activity. How do you get genital herpes?
Drugs used to prevent rejection of organ transplants. Signs and symptoms Cold sore signs and symptoms vary depending on whether it is a first outbreak or a recurrence, and typically can last several days. The blisters can take two to four weeks to heal completely. The signs and symptoms of cold sore recurrences tend to be less severe than the initial outbreak. A cold sore episode usually passes through several symptom stages during a two- or three-day period: Burning or tingling and itching around the lips for a day or so before blisters appear Small fluid-filled blisters breakout along the border where the edge of the lips meets the skin of the face.
It can last 7 to 14 days, with the sores taking up to three weeks to heal. However, gingivostomatitis doesn't usually recur after the primary infection. In adults Primary herpes simplex viruses are rare in adults, but the symptoms are similar to those experienced by children. You'll usually have a sore throat with or without swollen glands. If you develop the herpes simplex virus at an early age, it may be triggered periodically in later life and can cause recurring bouts of cold sores.
Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 HSV-1 , a virus that passes from person-to-person by direct contact with infected skin or secretions, including saliva. The sores usually appear as clusters of tiny blisters on the lip. HSV-1 can cause similar, but smaller, blisters that rapidly become ulcers inside the mouth on the gums and palate roof of the mouth. The first time HSV-1 invades the skin, it causes a primary infection, which usually occurs in childhood or adolescence.