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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 does it take for genital herpes sores to heal and go away ? Have been taking anti viral medication but the sores are very sore

How long does it take for genital herpes sores to heal and go away ? Have been taking anti viral medication but the sores are very sore

Some 2-3 weeks...: The natural course of genital herpes is about 2+ to 3 weeks for average healthy persons in assuming no significant additional inflammation, i.e., cellulitis. Anti-viral drug can shorten its course by some 45% if taking in within 24 hours of its onset which begins with local hypersensitivity followed with blisters at the same location. Now, just keep the area as clean & dry as possible + pain med? ...Read more

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How long does it take for genital herpes scabs to go away?

Herpes simplex: This is highly variable, as is the duration of active lesions. If they are not going away within a week or two of disappearance of the symptoms, check with your doctor and have them examine these. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an ocular herpes infection to go away using viroptic?

How long does it take for an ocular herpes infection to go away using viroptic?

Trifluridine: Trifluridine (viroptic) is a drop used to treat herpes simplex infection of the cornea. It can take 2 weeks or longer for this drop to clear the infection. If the infection does not clear on this drop there may be alternatives. ...Read more

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Do herpes sores ever just disappear randomly or do they scab over and take awhile to go away?

Do herpes sores ever just disappear randomly or do they scab over and take awhile to go away?

Yes: Gradual resolution, but possible recurrence of shingles or cold sores! The virus is active and surfaces periodically. ...Read more

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How long do herpes blisters on the face take to develop? If i go get abreva will it start to go away?

How long do herpes blisters on the face take to develop?  If i go get abreva will it start to go away?

Herpes: 90% of those who get infected with herpes do not have 'blisters' or other outbreak symptoms. The other 10% have a varied experience and not many get acute sores in the post infection phase. I know you are asking a million questions about this, but there is little to help you with this very difficult virus. Only time will tell if you got infected unless your blood tests show an old infection. ...Read more

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How long does is it take for symptoms of oral herpes or cold sores to appear?

How long does is it take for symptoms of oral herpes or cold sores to appear?

Hours: Oral herpes can come about at anytime if you've been exposed to the virus. Typically the virus lies dormant until a stressful event. When these events occur the first signs are tingling and changes in the skin. Sometimes you'll see white nodules start to develop. The faster you get treatment the better chances the virus can be halted and the faster the healing can begin. ...Read more

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I masturbated with saliva - I have two cold sores on my lips. How long would it take for the possible oral herpes to reach genitals?

Here are some ...: If the 2 cold sores in lips is HSV-related, self inoculation may occur after described scenario, but extremely rare. If skin micro-injury from masturbation will allow HSV gaining access to the body to possibly establish its beachhead to replicate, but not always successful due to our natural humoral defense immunity. If no Sx, I would not worry about it; if HSV-related Sx appears, check & test it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for herpes to break out?

How long does it take for herpes to break out?

4-5 days: From initial exposure to beginning of symptoms, it averages about a bit less than a week but not everyone gets overt lesions. ...Read more