What symptoms precede an outbreak of recurrent genital herpes?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Folusakin O Ayoade, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Recurrent infection implies infection by the same HSV type as the antibody in the serum. The major morbidity of genital herpes is due to its frequent reactivation rate. The duration of symptoms is usually shorter in recurrent infection than in primary infection.

Recurrent genital herpes is preceded by a prodrome of tenderness, pain, and burning at the site of eruption that may last from 2 hours to 2 days. In some patients, severe ipsilateral sacral neuralgia occurs.

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