Symptoms of herpes do not show as they are very mild. When they are there, they present themselves the following way:
You may feel pain or itching that begins within two to ten days after exposure to an infected (sexual) partner, or individual
You may see small red bumps or tiny white blisters, which may appear several days later
You may see ulcers that form when the blisters rupture and bleed
You may see scabs that form as the ulcers heal
Ulcers will make it very painful to urinate and you will also feel that your genitals are very tender and warm.
Sores usually appear where the virus enters the body. These may include the following sites:
Men and women may have ulcers on the buttocks, anus and mouth
Women may also have ulcers inside the vagina, cervix and genital areas
Men may also have ulcers on the penis, scrotum, thighs and urethra.
Recurrence is very common with herpes. If you have been infected once, it is very common that you may be infected again. If recurrence occurs, you will feel a burning, tingling and itching sensation at the place where the infection had previously started from. You may also feel pain in your buttocks, back and legs.
For people who had been infected previously, but symptoms hadn’t showed, the signs may start showing if you go through the following:
General illness (from mild illnesses to serious conditions)
Trauma to the affected area, including sexual activity
Physical or emotional stress