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Oral Herpes: HSV 1
Tingling and a slight swelling around the mouth precedes the herpes cold sore or fever blister. You could feel pain in that area, numbness, a bit feverish, weak, have a sore throat, cold, cough, headache or swollen lymph nodes in your neck. You may feel irritable.


Cold sores can appear on your lips, around your mouth, in your nose, throat, roof of mouth, cheeks and gums and have been known to appear in other parts of your face and neck. As the sores heal, they will develop scabs and could become itchy.

It is important not to touch the sores and then other parts of your body like your eyes. Herpes is the number one cause of blindness. Although you can spread the virus even when you do not have an outbreak, you are very contagious when you do.


Oral sex can cause hsv 1 to become hsv 2 or genital herpes, because it has spread to the genital area.

Genital Herpes: HSV 2

Symptoms are much like hsv 1 except that they affect the genital area,  anus, buttocks, and thighs. You can experience tingling, swollen lymph nodes in the groin area, lower back pain, muscle aches, headache and fever. You may have pain and itching in the genital area.


You may have a vaginal discharge, sores in the vagina, on the cervix, or if you’re male, the penis and scrotum. You might experience frequent and or painful urination. Bladder infections are often mistaken for the frequent urination that can be part of a herpes flare-up.


There may be a lack of appetite and you may feel a bit depressed. A genital herpes outbreak can last a few days or a couple of weeks.


It is possible that you might experience a few of the above symptoms, but not have a full blown outbreak. This is especially true if you’ve caught it in time and have taken precautionary steps to relieve the symptoms.







HSV Symptoms