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When you first get herpes what happens?

When you first get herpes what happens?

The average incubation period for an initial herpes infection is 4 days (range, 2 to 12) after exposure. The vesicles break and leave painful ulcers that may take two to four weeks to heal after the initial herpes infection. Experiencing these symptoms is referred to as having a first herpes “outbreak” or episode.

How long does herpes 1 take to show up?

Once you’ve contracted HSV, there will be an incubation period — the time it takes from contracting the virus until the first symptom appears. The incubation period for HSV-1 and HSV-2 is the same: 2 to 12 days. For most people, the symptoms begin to show up in about 3 to 6 days.

What are the symptoms of a herpes outbreak?

The first outbreak may also come along with symptoms that are like those of the flu virus, including: The first outbreak is usually the most severe. Blisters may be extremely itchy or painful, and sores may appear in many areas around the genitals. But every outbreak after that is typically less severe.

How can you tell if you have genital herpes?

The only way to find out for sure if you have genital herpes is to get checked out by a doctor or nurse. If you have symptoms, they can tell you if it’s herpes by looking at or testing the sores. If you don’t have symptoms, they can do a blood test.

How long does it take for herpes simplex to show up?

If you develop signs and symptoms of herpes simplex, you can expect to have these for as long as listed below: Oral (mouth) herpes: two to three weeks Genital herpes: two to six weeks (the first outbreak) Herpes simplex outbreaks usually develop around the mouth or on the genitals, but the sores can appear almost anywhere on the skin.

Can a person have herpes with no symptoms?

The person has had herpes with symptoms. The person has had herpes with symptoms but didn’t realize the cause. The person has the herpes virus that from time to time can appear in genital fluids. The only way to know if a person is shedding the virus is with daily tests. That’s just not practical.