Originally Posted by snowbunny10
I think I've had a yeast infection before, but I'm not sure. What can happen if herpes goes untreated for a while? How long after these symptoms start do the blisters appear? By the way, thanks for responding so quick.
Well, the thing about herpes is that you don't "treat" it the way you would chlamydia or other infections which can be cleared up and cured. The main thing with herpes is to control the severity of the symptoms. Suppressive therapy should cut the number, frequency and severity of outbreaks.
Some people get very minor symptoms, and this means that they don't need any particular treatment, although it is advisable for them to take suppressive therapy if with an uninfected partner, to reduce the chances of them passing the virus on (as therapy also cuts the incidence of "asymptomatic shedding" - being contagious whilst having no symptoms - sex during outbreaks being a definite no-no).
So, the only thing that would happen if herpes went untreated for a while is that you may be experiencing more severe symptoms or be more likely to pass the virus onto others. It won't do you any more long-term harm, or good, than if you had had treatment, as herpes does not have the effects of some other STDs. Its major problem is the sores and irritation it causes and the risk of passing these onto others. If a woman has an active herpes sore at the time of childbirth, the child can be affected, but this is not usually a danger because a C-section can be carried out. Other than this, herpes's main effect is the fact it is so annoying and painful sometimes! It does not affect fertility as chlamydia does, nor is it potentially fatal like HIV, syphilis (which is fatal in very extreme untreated cases) etc.
You may be having "prodromal" symptoms, where people experience tingling or itchiness, burning, uncomfortable sensations etc, prior to an outbreak appearing. It's worth noting not everyone gets these symptoms, and not everyone who gets them goes on to have an outbreak. If they do, it may not manifest itself as the classic painful blister, but can appear as a bump, lump, similar to a pimple, cut, rough patch of skin, similar to an animal bite, etc etc etc. Everyone is different. However, for most people, if they have the prodromal symptoms, a herpes outbreak will often follow within a couple of days, sometimes less. I have oral as well as genital herpes and my oral prodromal symptoms last only about ten minutes these days and sometimes less! A bit of itchiness and then the blister appears almost immediately.
There are, as I am sure you know, plenty of gynae problems affecting women and what you are describing could be a lot of things apart from herpes. Before I ever got herpes I used to get shooting pains in my vagina from time to time, I never worked out what they were. Have you spoken to your doctor about your vaginal symptoms?