Subtle symptoms of a first herpes outbreak include body aches, fever and swollen lymph nodes, states MedicineNet. Before a herpes outbreak, patients may feel a tingling, itchy or burning sensation on the skin. Most women with genital herpes develop painful blistering lesions around the vaginal opening and on the vulva.
In women, the herpes infection usually spreads to the cervix, leading to cervicitis, which is an inflammation of the cervix, as explained by MedicineNet. Additionally, women with herpes sometimes develop inflammation or infection of the urethra, which causes painful urination. In some cases, women with genital herpes experience no symptoms, and after the initial herpes infection, some women have no further outbreaks.
Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease spread through contact with the genital area, notes MedicineNet. The herpes simplex virus, or HSV, causes herpes. As of 2015, there is no cure for herpes, but antiviral medications such as famciclovir, acyclovir and valacyclovir help reduce the duration and severity of herpes outbreaks. The frequency of herpes outbreaks among infected women varies greatly from patient to patient.
No natural remedies effectively treat the herpes virus, but taking warm baths and wearing comfortable, loose-fitting cotton underwear provide symptom relief during an active outbreak, according to MedicineNet.