Pharmacy Corner
Common STIs – Anywhere but there! What happens when I get herpes?

The “first signs” are burning, tingling and itching where the infection first entered your body3 (usually around the genital area). After the burning and tingling a sore will appear.

Symptoms of reactivated herpes sore:

  • Pain or itching in the genital area3
  • Small red bumps or tiny white blisters3
  • Open sores – form after blisters rupture, and may ooze or bleed. These sores may cause painful urination. 3
  • Scabs – form as the ulcers heal3

Some people will have a fever, muscle aches and headaches in addition to their infection on the skin3.

What should I do if I think I have it?

See your doctor if you have any symptoms such as an unusual sore, smelly discharge, burning when urinating, or for women – bleeding between periods.4

How is it treated?

Herpes is incurable, but people who have symptoms can be treated with medications1. When someone experiences the “first signs” of infection (burning, tingling, itching), that person needs to start taking the medication, which stops the herpes virus from growing. The medication will make the symptoms milder and shorten the time you have them.