There are many dangers when it comes to contracting herpes and not treating it in a timely and proper manner. Some of these can be quite severe. Unfortunately, one does not always know when they have contracted this disease. This is especially true in women, who may sometimes experience internal herpes outbreaks. In other words, these symptoms may manifest without being visible or immediately recognizable as herpes. Luckily, there are several signs of internal herpes outbreaks that can clue one in to the fact that they have become infected.
About Internal Herpes Outbreaks
Here’s the problem: Many of the more visually obvious symptoms of herpes may manifest internally in women, thus removing them from sight. That means the blisters and lesions can appear on the cervix or vaginal walls where they could go unnoticed. The urethra, internal vaginal walls and vulva are all locations where an outbreak may occur without immediately alerting one that they have become infected.
Another problem is that more obvious symptoms sometimes do not manifest for years. So even if the symptoms do not immediately seem connected to a herpes infection, there are ways to be cautious. Regular check-ups can help to lessen the chances of remaining ignorant of a herpes infection, particularly when the symptoms are so mild as to be virtually unnoticeable. One should also be sure to get checked out when any of the general symptoms appear, no matter how innocuous they may seem. This is particularly important if one is at high risk for infection.
These factors make it important to stay alert to any changing conditions within the body and get checked out whenever there is a suspicion that something is not right.
Symptoms to Watch Out For
The most common symptoms of an internal herpes outbreak are the general prodromal herpes symptoms, i.e. the signs that an outbreak is about to start. One may feel abdominal pressure, general aches and pains in the muscles, burning, tingling or itching sensations and general tenderness around the infected area. Sometimes these symptoms will become more acute, leading to noticeable pain in the groin or along the inner thighs, painful urination and unusual or heavy vaginal discharge. There can also be symptoms that make it very plain that something is wrong, such as a swollen vulva.
These various symptoms will often be preceded by more common, flu-like symptoms of infection. Swollen lymph nodes, fever, chills, fatigue, nausea and a general feeling of achiness in the entire body are all reasons to be concerned that one may have contracted something more serious than the flu. At other times, the symptoms of an internal herpes outbreak may appear as little more than common, everyday problems that may not be thought of as serious problems at all. Some of these include headaches, back pains, persistent tiredness or an inability to think clearly.
Though people are more generally aware of the herpes symptoms that are external, a surprising number of women experience primarily internal herpes outbreaks. Some women never experience an external outbreak at all. These symptoms can also be easily confused with a number of other diseases, leading to misdiagnosis and a lack of treatment. Urinary tract infections, bladder dysfunction, yeast infections, inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis) and pelvic inflammatory disease are all conditions that internal herpes outbreaks are commonly mistaken for.
Any unusual signs should be inspected by a trained professional simply for the sake of maintaining good health. The possibility of there being a herpes infection makes a visit to the doctor that much more important. If you are experiencing symptoms, you can have a doctor examine the area or do a blood test whether you are currently having symptoms or not.
Lack of treatment can lead to serious complications in the long-term. Self-diagnosing and self-treatment are simply not options when it comes to staying healthy and safe, so one should be extra vigilant in detecting any unusual symptoms that may be related to an internal outbreak of herpes. Early detection also helps to prevent spreading the disease to others. Since herpes has no cure, it is essential to remain responsible and not pass it on due to ignorance of the condition.