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What is the incubation period for a herpes sore?

What is the incubation period for a herpes sore?

Varies, but few days: The incubation period varies from 2 to 20 days (depending on the source). Most lesions probably occur between 5-7 days after exposure. ...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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What. Is the incubation period for genital herpes?

What. Is the incubation period for genital herpes?

4-10 days: A primary or new infection will show up in about one week and take several weeks to resolve. Many new cases are from hsv1 as a result of oral sex. ...Read more

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What is incubation period for herpes? Sat on toilet after person with herpes used it and scared!

What is incubation period for herpes? Sat on toilet after person with herpes used it and scared!

A week: If you do a blood test you are likely to find that you already have the virus without any diagnostic symptoms. If this is the case you are immune. Catching it from a toilet seat is possible but extremely rare. ...Read more

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If you touch someone with herpes can you prevent it before the incubation period can you just wash the part of where you touched it?

If you touch someone with herpes can you prevent it before the incubation period can you just wash the part of where you touched it?

Washing usually helps: Viruses gain access through any open skin wound. If you have a cut or an insect bite it is a potential portal of entry for any type of virus to set up housekeeping and cause trouble. Of course you're not going to end up with the herpes virus unless you have direct contact. ...Read more

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How can you tell if it's a pimple or a herpes sore?

How can you tell if it's a pimple or a herpes sore?

Blister= herpes: Most herpes lesions look like a blister(think burn) early on.A pimple is usually a red base with a pustular (white)center.Not always easy to tell the difference.If it is on or very near your lip (or penis or vaginal labia) suspect herpes.Is worthwhile to discuss with dr.Herpes is a serious and life- long infectious disease. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a herpes sore to turn into an ulcer?

How long does it take for a herpes sore to turn into an ulcer?

2 days: It depends somewhat on if it is your first outbreak or a subsequent outbreak. Herpes follows a pattern: 1) Skin Reddening/irriation (Lasts 1-4 days) 2) Blisters (2 days) 3) Ulcerations (1-2 weeks) 4) Scabbing/Crusting (2-3 days) 5) Healing (4 days) Best wishes! ...Read more

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I've got a very painful herpes sore on my tongue. Is there any o.T.C. Treatment that may help?

I've got a very painful herpes sore on my tongue. Is there any o.T.C. Treatment that may help?

Orabase: Otc orabase by colgate will create a thin film over the sore and provide temporary pain relief topically. It is one of the best otc treatments as it will stick to the sore for a longer period of time thanother otc meds. Also see a doctor about rx for meds to take to limit herpes sores in the future. ...Read more

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Am I at risk for herpes if he had just touched a herpes sore on his penis and then fingered be?

Am I at risk for herpes  if he had just touched a herpes sore on his penis and then fingered be?

Yes, altho the risk: is lower than it would be if you had actual vaginal intercourse. The risk is higher when your partner has sores, but it can be transmitted even when your partner doesn't have visible sores. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Are antifungal creams good on herpes sore?

Herpes simplex: These creams will not treat the herpes or speed up the healing process, but perhaps by covering the ulcers they will be less tender. Do not use topical Acyclovir as there is evidence that this may promote development of resistance of the virus. ...Read more

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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...Read more


Incubation Period (Definition)

Incubation period is the period between exposure to infection ...Read more