Flu Symptoms With Herpes

Herpes simplex infections occur in the mouth and genital areas. Herpes simplex type one is associated with oral herpes infecting the lips, nose or mouth. Herpes simplex type two is associated with genital herpes and is considered a sexually transmitted disease. The initial outbreak of herpes is often associated with flulike symptoms. Nearly 90 percent of Americans will suffer from oral herpes in their lifetime, and one in five adult Americans carry the type two virus associated with genital herpes. Being aware of the symptoms of herpes allows one to be properly diagnosed with the virus and stop the spread of infection to others.

Swollen Lymph Nodes

Glands in the neck and groin area are inflamed and swollen. The glands are associated with lymph nodes found throughout the body; they help the body fight off infection and disease. There may be discomfort upon moving, walking or turning the neck. The discomfort associated with the lymph nodes may subside after a few days, but they may not return to normal size for several weeks.


General malaise and discomfort are associated with herpes—similar to when one has the flu. Muscles may be stiff or ache. Chills or difficulty swallowing are often associated with herpes type one infections. Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may aid in relieving discomfort.

Headache and Fever

A person may suffer from a fever, the body’s temporary defense for fighting off an infection. An adult is considered to have a fever if the body’s temperature reaches above 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Viruses generally thrive at about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The body raises its temperature to fight off the viral intrusion. Headache may also be present. The headaches may be severe and include migraines. Migraine headaches last several hours or even days and include sensitivity to light and sound.

About this Author

Freelance writer Julie Hampton has worked as an artist, writer and event planner for more than eight years. She also served in the U.S. Army as a medic and nurse specializing in geriatrics. Hampton has a degree in journalism, and studied public relations at The University of West Florida.