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How can I tell if I am about to or starting to have a herpes outbreak? Are there pre symptoms or indicators?

How can I tell if I am about to or starting to have a herpes outbreak? Are there pre symptoms or indicators?

Prodrome: Some patients experience a tingling sensation prior to the blister eruption. This is due to the stimulation of the neurons by the emerging virus. ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Have you experienced anything unusual since being diagnosed with genital herpes like tingling when theres nothing there?

Have you experienced anything unusual since being diagnosed with genital herpes like tingling when theres nothing there?

Yes: Not that I have personally experienced, but many of my patients have had tingling sensations both prior to the outbreak of active herpes lesions, as well as simply that without subsequently developing lesions. It becomes difficult to attribute those sensations to herpes when no lesions occur, but the presumption is that this can happen. ...Read more

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How long are you supposed to feel tingling before herpes outbreak?

How long are you supposed to feel tingling before herpes outbreak?

Less than a week: Assuming you are referring to herpes zoster (shingles) the rashes on the skin usually appear in less than a week and mostly 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Can herpes cause a constant tingling/itchy/annoying feeling on the penis? Daily weird sensation. Not sure if it's just mental. Not diagnosed.

Can herpes cause a constant tingling/itchy/annoying feeling on the penis? Daily weird sensation. Not sure if it's just mental. Not diagnosed.

Not really: The symptoms of genital herpes only occur with an outbreak which should only last 5-7 days and are usually associated with small blisters that ulcerated and crust over. ...Read more

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I have herpes 1&2 i get tingling on buttocks and head? Is this normal?

I have herpes 1&2 i get tingling on buttocks and head? Is this normal?

Herpes simplex: Can be early symptoms of herpes outbreak. When this subliminal pain occurs it is not always followed by full blown lesions. It is not clear why different presentations occur in different individuals. ...Read more

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I think I have razor burn, but the area has had some tingling, should I go be tested for herpes?

Testing: Testing for herpes would either involve a blood test or a culture of visible lesions/sores. If you are sexually active and have not been using protection, it may be prudent to get std screening regardless of symptoms you may be experiencing right now. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more