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Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez
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How long can herpes type 1 stay dormant before your first outbreak?

Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
13 years in practice
836K people helped
How long can herpes type 1 stay dormant before your first outbreak?

Herpes: Recurrent herpetic outbreaks are usually shorter in duration (averaging 7 days), with less severe symptoms and are often preceded by a prodrome of itching or burning in the affected area. Systemic symptoms are usually absent. Most people diagnosed with a first episode of genital herpes can expect to have several (typically four or five) outbreaks (symptomatic recurrences) within a year. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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How long can herpes virus stay dormant before initial outbreak?

Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
51 years in practice
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How long can herpes virus stay dormant before initial outbreak?

Herpes simplex: If an acute initial outbreak is going to occur it will be within several days of acquisition of the virus. The virus will remain with you the rest of your life and may recur with outbreaks in an unpredictable fashion. Some never become symptomatic. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Does genital herpes lay dormant for years before initial outbreak?

Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
13 years in practice
836K people helped
Does genital herpes lay dormant for years before initial outbreak?

Herpes: Recurrent herpetic outbreaks are usually shorter in duration (averaging 7 days), with less severe symptoms and are often preceded by a prodrome of itching or burning in the affected area. Systemic symptoms are usually absent. Most people diagnosed with a first episode of genital herpes can expect to have several (typically four or five) outbreaks (symptomatic recurrences) within a year. ...Read more

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
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Can genital herpes HSV-2 lay dormant for years before initial outbreak?

Dr. Wayne Ingram
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Can genital herpes HSV-2 lay dormant for years before initial outbreak?

Initial no 2nd, yes: Initial exposure with lesions will be evident within 2 weeks. Secondary recurrence can lay dormant for long periods of time before reemerging. ...Read more

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Dr. Saul Hymes
Board Certified, Pediatric Infectious Disease
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My boyfriend of a year has a herpes cold sore on his lip and he says he has never had it before.I don't have the virus. Can hsv-1 be dormant for years and suddenly outbreak?

Dr. Saul Hymes
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My boyfriend of a year has a herpes cold sore on his lip and he says he has never had it before.I don't have the virus.  Can hsv-1 be dormant for years and suddenly outbreak?

Absolutely: Most people are infected with oral hsv as children and can indeed lay dormant for years and then emerge. You may even have it and not realize it, unless you have had antibody testing that is negative. Also, oral herpes and genital herpes are two separate viruses so this doesn't necessarily mean that he has been unfaithful or performed oral sex on someone else or anything of the sort. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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How long does tingling happen before first outbreak of herpes. I get itching neck pain lower back pain now tingling for over 4 days now?

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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How long does tingling happen before first outbreak of herpes. I get itching neck pain lower back pain now tingling for over 4 days now?

This isn't herpes: For initial herpes, there usually is no tingling before sores appear. Tingling is mainly a symptom of recurrent herpes; in that case, it lasts only a day or two before the outbreak itself shows up. Your symptoms don't sound at all like herpes, which doesn't cause tingling without sores and rarely if ever causes low back pain. See doctor if symptoms continue, but no worries about herpes. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Whiting
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I think I am having my first herpes outbreak. How long do you usually feel sick?

Dr. Charles Whiting
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I think I am having my first herpes outbreak. How long do you usually feel sick?

5 days or so: The first herpes outbreak usually lasts about 2 weeks. Fortunately, you don't usually feel sick the entire time. Usually only the first 5 days or so. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I am having my first herpes outbreak. How long do you usually feel sick?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I am having my first herpes outbreak. How long do you usually feel sick?

Duration: Duration of illness with initial herpes simplex virus type 1 infection is usually 2 to 3 weeks. Not everyone experiences this. ...Read more

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Dr. Brendan Carroll
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Can someone tell me how long will first herpes outbreak last?

Dr. Brendan Carroll
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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2-3 weeks: Typically, the first outbreak is the worst. Symptoms usually resolve in 2-3 weeks. Skin pain may last as long as 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
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How long does the pain from my first herpes outbreak last?

Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
15 years in practice
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Up to 1 week: You can have pain up to 1 week if additional complications dont develop. ...Read more

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