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How long can herpes type 1 stay dormant before your first outbreak?

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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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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How long can herpes virus stay dormant before initial outbreak?

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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Does genital herpes lay dormant for years before initial outbreak?

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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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?

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

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

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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Can someone tell me how long will first herpes outbreak last?

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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How long does the pain from my first herpes outbreak last?

Up to 1 week: You can have pain up to 1 week if additional complications dont develop. ...Read more

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How long does the first outbreak of herpes last in vaginal area?

How long does the first outbreak of herpes last in vaginal area?

Varies: Call your doc. Getting an antiviral may decrease the length of time this first outbreak lasts. The first outbreak usually is most painful and lasts longest. ...Read more

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How long does the first herpes outbreak last for?

Oral herpes: Oral herpes will last 10-14 days there are some medications you can get from your doctor that you can apply at first sign the prod tonal sign applying five times fail and it may prevent the breakout or shorten the time to 3-5 days. ...Read more

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