Genital Herpes


The Warning Signs of a Genital Herpes Outbreak

You may be able to sense when the genital herpes virus has become active and an outbreak is about to occur. This is called the prodrome, or warning stage. Warning signs and symptoms of genital herpes can occur for a few minutes or a few days before an outbreak occurs.


Warning signs may occur at the site where the outbreak will appear, or in other parts of the body. These signs and symptoms are different for everyone. It's important to be able to identify your own warning signs because that's the key to being able to better manage your outbreaks. The good news is that many people can.


Genital Herpes




When you first start feeling the symptoms of an outbreak, the genital herpes virus is already actively reproducing in your body. Taking the full course of Single-Day FAMVIR at this critical time can stop the genital herpes virus from reproducing. If you can stop the virus during this time, you may be able to stop a full-blown outbreak. Only Single-Day FAMVIR can stop or shorten an outbreak of recurrent genital herpes with just a single day of treatment. Take at the first sign or symptom. The effectiveness of FAMVIR has not been established when treatment is started more than 6 hours after the onset of symptoms or lesions.




Everyone's warning signs are different, but here are some you may experience:

Tingling, itching, or burning in one area of the genitals (vagina, vulva, anus, penis, or scrotum)


Pain in the leg or buttocks


Burning on the side of the leg or bottom of one foot


Flu-like symptoms such as headache, fever, and swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the groin.


Feeling emotionally irritable or depressed


During the warning signs, 20% to 25% of people begin to have the active herpes virus present on the skin. When the virus is present on the skin it can be spread to another person.


It can also be spread when no symptoms are present. Virus may be present without any sores when sores are not present.


 Women and Genital Herpes