Question: Over the last couple of days (three days to be precise), I’ve been feeling these itchy sensations in my genital area. My biggest worry is that I have herpes, but I’m not really sure. So my question is, do herpes itch?
Answer: Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease and one of the symptoms is itchy or tingling sensations in the genital area. This type of herpes is referred to as genital herpes or HSV-2. For more information on herpes, keep reading this article to the very end.
Herpes is a contagious infection that is triggered by either HSV 1 (Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1) or HVS 2 (Herpes Virus Simplex Type 2). It is typified by skin outbreaks as well as symptoms like inflammation, soreness and itching.
How Does Herpes Itch?
How long does herpes itch? This is one of the most commonly asked questions on the web in respect to the herpes virus. For more information, keep reading to the very end.
Any person who comes into contact with the herpes simplex virus is more likely to suffer from oral herpes or genital herpes. These two types of herpes are triggered by coming into contact with both the HSV-1 and HSV-2. As is the case with any other viral infection, herpes virus is extremely contagious and as such can spread quickly. As a matter of fact, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimates that there are roughly 45 million people in the United States (i.e. both adults and adolescents) suffering from oral herpes and genital herpes. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are spread by coming into direct contact with infected skin, for example, oral sex, touching, sexual intercourse (i.e. anal and vaginal) and kissing. A pregnant woman can transmit the disease to her child during birth.
Herpes vs. Itching
Do the HSV-1 and HSV-2 itch? Herpes is usually typified by the growth of lesions or blisters that tend to itch. Persons diagnosed with herpes have reported feeling burning and itching sensations on the skin. Affected parts of skin often feel hot when touched and turns to a red shade. The instant the virus has gained access into the body it can stay dormant for years. As a matter of fact, carries stay with the virus forever. Infection is usually triggered by the weakening of the immune system. This in turn results into other infections.
In instances of oral herpes, one may experience symptoms like tingling feeling, burning sensations, sharp pains and itching. More than often, these symptoms pop up even before the lesions start appearing on the skin. Likewise, during the initial stages of genital herpes, a person may feel burning sensations, acute itching and tingling around the genital area. There are people who even experience soreness in the buttocks, groin area as well as legs. The good news is that the symptoms can ease quickly with prompt treatment. Then again, treatment does not just entail taking medications, but improving the diet so that the immune system can become strong.
Are There Other Symptoms Besides Itching?
Listed below are some of the symptoms one my experience besides itching:
- Inflamed lymph glands.
- Muscle aches.