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A 20-year-old female asked:

Do lymph nodes in the groin always become swollen when a primary herpes outbreak is happening?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Not always: Primary infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV) -- i.e. the first infection with either HSV type 1 or 2 -- often causes lymph node inflammation nearby, usually the groin for genital infection or the neck for oral infection. But it doesn't always do so.

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Last updated Dec 3, 2015

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