Herpes is among the most common sexually transmitted diseases for women and men. Herpes can be transmitted through oral sex and vaginal intercourse. Once a person is infected with herpes, the virus uses the nerve paths as a highway to travel throughout the body. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) can be dormant in your body for several years. A person may have herpes without any symptoms indicating that they have it. Or it can produce mild symptoms that a person mistakes for a different condition. When the virus activates, the infected individual will start to see signs of herpes. These include blisters that break through the skin and clusters or single blisters that cause itchiness and pain. Here are ten symptoms of herpes.
1. Tingling or Itching Around the Anus or Genitals
Herpes first shows itself by causing itching and irritation around the infected area. A person might feel tingling or itching around the anus or genitals. Herpes can also affect soft tissues, such as the nose or the areas around the mouth. The tingling and itching indicate that blisters will eventually appear in the affected area. As the condition progresses, the skin cracks and becomes red and itchy. It will feel sore and raw. It is recommended that a person not touch the affected area as this can transmit bacteria and germs.