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Doctor insights on: How Long Does It Take For A Herpes Outbreak To Clear Up

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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

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 does it take for genital herpes outbreak to clear up when taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

How long does it take for genital herpes outbreak to clear up when taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Everyone isdifferent: If you start the medication right at the first sign of an outbreak (tingling/burning/pain/feverish) you have a better chance of a quick clearing. Usual time frame for the blisters to turn into scabs and then the scabs to heal is 5-12 days. ...Read more

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I've had a herpes outbreak for 2 months (inside my vagina). How long will it take to heal and is it possible to have a secondary infection. Not on meds?

I've had a herpes outbreak for 2 months (inside my vagina). How long will it take to heal and is it possible to have a secondary infection. Not on meds?

Unusual: It is unusual for herpes to last this long. Either the diagnosis is wrong or there is severe immunodeficiency. Since you haven't said that you have any other illness, I would question the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long does herpes outbreak last?

How long does herpes outbreak last?

Depends.: First outbreak averages 19 days. Subsequent average 10. Tend to get less lengthy and symptomatic with time. ...Read more

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Without medicine will a herpes outbreak clear up?

Without medicine will a herpes outbreak clear up?

Herpes simplex: The duration of symptoms with an outbreak is 7-10 days with a range of 2 to 21 days, but those outside values are unusual. Yes they will clear without medication, and unless the medication is begun orally at the time of onset of symptoms the meds will not likely change the duration of symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does the first herpes outbreak last for?

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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On average, how long will a primary herpes outbreak last?

On average, how long will a primary herpes outbreak last?

Approximately: 7-10 days, u need to call your gyn to get on Valtrex (valacyclovir) asap it will lessen the duration. ...Read more

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

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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Does the herpes outbreak lesson or increase the longer you have it?

Does the herpes outbreak lesson or increase the longer you have it?

Less with chronicity: The first episode of herpes simplex is usually the most severe, with recurrence, symptoms are usually less severe and last shorter ...Read more

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On average, how long will a herpes outbreak last and what are the symptoms?

On average, how long will a herpes outbreak last and what are the symptoms?

2-3 weeks: The earliest symptoms of herpes zoster, which include headache, fever, and malaise, are nonspecific. These symptoms are commonly followed by sensations of burning pain, itching, hyperesthesia, or paresthesia. The pain may be mild too extreme in the affected area, with sensations that are often described as stinging, tingling, aching, numbing or throbbing pain. ...Read more

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Can I take lysine to decrease my herpes outbreak?

Yes: Lysine can be helpful in some people. I usually recommend oral antiviral therapy for prophylaxis if outbreaks are >4/year. ...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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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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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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How long should you wait after a mouth herpes outbreak to kiss?

How long should you wait after a mouth herpes outbreak to kiss?

Unknown: I would say at least 7-10 days. Problem is you can still be contagious even if you have no symptoms. ...Read more

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Eight weeks pregnant with herpes outbreak can I take acyclovior is it safe.

Eight weeks pregnant with herpes outbreak can I take acyclovior is it safe.

Don't have to: The real problem with herpes and pregnancy is if you have lesions on your vagina during delivery. I would not treat the herpes now except if it has severe symptoms to you. You may also try the topical Acyclovir or denovir ointments that are safer during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Clear skin down there before I shaved and the next day I have a couple red bumps. Not sure if I'm having a recurrent herpes outbreak?

Clear skin down there before I shaved and the next day I have a couple red bumps. Not sure if I'm having a recurrent herpes outbreak?

Could be...: Because this happened the day after shaving, the most likely diagnosis is razor burn - especially if there are only a few bumps. But if you have a history of herpes, it could be a recurrent outbreak and the timing with the shaving was just a coincidence. Razor burn should not get worse in the next couple of days but a herpes outbreak might. ...Read more

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A friends 4 yr old kissed my lips. I do not have a herpes outbreak and have not had an out break in a really long time. Could it have spread?

A friends 4 yr old kissed my lips. I do not have a herpes outbreak and have not had an out break in a really long time. Could it have spread?

Unlikely: Unless you have open/fresh lesions, the risk of spreading the virus is miniscule. If you had/have active lesions, then thee is a possibility of transmission. ...Read more

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My first herpes outbreak really burns when I urinate; not from the sores. Urine sample was clear. Is this from herpes & how can I urinate pain free.?

My first herpes outbreak really burns when I urinate; not from the sores. Urine sample was clear. Is this from herpes & how can I urinate pain free.?

You can't: If you are having a genital herpes outbreak, it will just hurt. Urine is an irritant and urine hitting the raw skin will burn. If your urine sample was clear and the pain is on the skin, then it is apparent that the pain is from the herpes.

You could try applying a & d ointment over the sore area so the urine can't get onto the raw skin. Make sure you wash your hands well afterwards. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait to have safe sex after a genital herpes outbreak?

How long do you have to wait to have safe sex after a genital herpes outbreak?

Misinformed?: If using protection that covers the infected area you don't have to wait. But the more important thing here is that having sores does not in any way correlate to contagiousness. Everything about herpes changed five years ago when we learned that herpes viral shedding is not predictable and has no correlation to outbreaks. You are just as contagious without a sore as you may be with a sore. ...Read more

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Will my genital herpes outbreak pass with out antiviral meds? I am experiencing second outbreak in as many years. Did take the meds the first time.

Will my genital herpes outbreak pass with out antiviral meds? I am experiencing second outbreak in as many years. Did take the meds the first time.

Herpes: Herpes outbreaks definitely last longer and are more painful if untreated. The sooner the medication is started (i.e. At the onset of a tingling sensation prior to any herpes lesions being present) the shorter the duration of the actual herpetic lesion. Your primary care provider can prescribe a medication you can take when an outbreak occurs, and often time will give many refills since this is a chronic condition.
Take care. ...Read more

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Can drinking a lot of water make urine sample clear for uti? Having my primary herpes outbreak & starting to urinate is painful. Is this from herpes?

Maybe: If your urine is very dilute (watered down), the typical office test with the dipstick may not detect the white blood cells associated with infection. But a culture will still be accurate.

But herpes hurts, so it would not be unusual for urination and wiping to hurt until the sores go away. ...Read more

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I'm having genital herpes outbreak, usuallly I take acyclovior. But pharm told me it might affect my ulcer. Any home remedies I can do to dry this up?!

I'm having genital herpes outbreak, usuallly I take acyclovior. But pharm told me it might affect my ulcer. Any home remedies I can do to dry this up?!

Unlikely: In several studies less than one-half of 1% of people taking an Acyclovir salt developed ulcers and all were over 50 years old. If you already have an ulcer this needs evaluation and treatment, possibly after upper GI endoscopy. See a GI doctor and continue acyclovir. No home remedies work. ...Read more

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Had my first genital herpes outbreak recently, cleared up now thanks to medication, but still itchy? Thrush (as I'm prone) or to do with herpes?

Had my first genital herpes outbreak recently, cleared up now thanks to medication, but still itchy? Thrush (as I'm prone) or to do with herpes?

Herpes simplex: Without an exam impossible to know, but yeast infection usually accompanied by discharge and/or a rash, whereas herpes can sometimes present with itching which is a subliminal form of pain. ...Read more

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Can a genital herpes outbreak take the form of shingles on the cheek? The first outbreak years ago was bc of HSV 1, no test done this time.

Can a genital herpes outbreak take the form of shingles on the cheek? The first outbreak years ago was bc of HSV 1, no test done this time.

Different viruses: The cause of shingles is the varicella-zoster virus. You first get chicken pox, the virus then sets up residence in the nerves in your body and comes out later in life as shingles, generally in a single nerve root distribution. It only involves one side. Genital herpes can occur with hsv 1 or 2, although more commonly type 2. ...Read more