Can You Get Sick From Herpes?

You are most likely to get herpes if you touch the skin of someone who has herpes sores, blisters, or a rash. But the virus can still be spread, even when no sores or other symptoms are present. Find out how to recognise the signs of a herpes simplex infection or get a free online diagnosis from a UK based doctor. A first time outbreak of herpes will probably be the worst. You might feel as though you have the flu for a few weeks; and feel headachy, tired and sick.

Can You Get Sick From Herpes? 2You could also have other symptoms of illness like headache, fever, muscle aches, joint pain, feeling sick to your stomach, or just feeling unwell. Sometimes people do not have any symptoms. Learning you have genital herpes can unleash a lot of emotions. WebMD helps you learn how to deal with your feelings. Think back to a time when you were sick with a cold. Your partner may have leaned in to kiss you, and you said something like, No, I don’t want to give you this bug I have. Herpes simplex is one of several types of herpesvirus (see Herpesvirus Infection Overview). HSV is very contagious and can be spread by direct contact with sores and sometimes by contact with the oral and genital areas of people who have chronic HSV infection even when no sores are can be seen. HSV is very contagious and can be spread by direct contact with sores and sometimes by contact with the oral and genital areas of people who have chronic HSV infection even when no sores are can be seen. In addition, people usually feel sick and have a fever, a headache, and body aches.

One of the potentially serious complications of herpes is that it can endanger a child born of a mother who is suffering from an active infection. If you have herpes or have been exposed to the virus and you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you should discuss your infection with your obstetrician. This virus does not cause serious harm, but can be passed to sexual partners. The first outbreak is usually the most severe. Later you may notice tender lymph nodes and a generally ill feeling. You may notice a tingling, itching or soreness, or a swelling in your outer genitals. How do you get herpes? The source of herpes is not known. HSV-1, which most commonly causes oral herpes, can cause genital herpes through oral-genital contact. If you never have symptoms, this does not mean you do not have genital herpes.


I think you’re right. Herpes can be a major drag on the immune system. I’ve noticed that ever since I got infected, I’ve had more acne than I’ve ever had my entire life. Chickenpox can recur as shingles when you get older. Most of us have had herpes simplex 1 or 2, or both. As well as genital herpes, HSV can infect the mouth and cause cold sores. HSV-1 and HSV-2 lesions look the same and can only be distinguished by laboratory testing. It does not cause long-term ill health or affect longevity of life. People who get genital herpes can and do lead perfectly normal lives. Newborns can become very sick quickly with high fever and seizures, and may become lethargic (floppy). People with this virus can get cold sores or fever blisters on the mouth. You can get herpes on the mouth if you kiss someone who has herpes on the mouth or if you perform oral sex on the genitals or anus of somene who has herpes on the genitals or anus. You are tired, under stress, or sick. You can get oral herpes through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the herpes virus or by sharing objects which have been in contact with the virus such as a razor or a lipstick. Children under the age of five are most likely to be ill from a primary infection. But like all medications, the herpes antiviral DO have side effects. And you should know the difference between different herpes medicines so you can make the best decision for you and minimize any side effects.


Yes, one can have a herpetic infection and not know it. I was critically ill with a massive viremia and sores all over especially where I had eczema. I had it in my eyes and sinuses, nose, you name it was there (except never genital). But there are ways to keep it in hibernation longer, and you can also take steps to reduce the amount of time cold sores taint your kisser. I so wanted to die I had sores all over my mouth and down my throat and was miserable! Don t wish that on no boby!!! Well ever since I still get them and they are not fun at all as I know everyone would agree they are not welcome.

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