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Old 08-21-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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length of outbreak

How long does the first genital herpes outbreak last?

 
Old 08-21-2008, 06:27 PM   #2
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Re: length of outbreak

Mine lasted 2 days but I was on Valtex 2x daily (for five day and once a day after) as soon as I saw things weren't right down below. When the test results came back my bloodwork tested negative but the swab tested positive for Type 1. I've read on here that other people have had outbreaks that have lasted longer but not sure if they have Type 1 or Type 2. I don't think there's much of a difference excpet it seems that Type 1 Genital isn't as active, but then again everyone is different. By my 7th day, I had a follow up visit to my gyno and he said I was all clear. This all happend back in June and thankfully I haven't had another outbreak (knock on wood) since.

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Old 08-21-2008, 10:08 PM   #3
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Re: length of outbreak

I am in my first outbreak and this is day 12. I was told 2 weeks is about average for that first outbreak. I am pretty sure due to the severity of my ob, that i must have type 2 but I have not gotten my blood work back to confirm this. Also, i was on 3g of Valtrax a day plus Zovirax cream.

 
Old 08-22-2008, 01:32 PM   #4
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Re: length of outbreak

i think my first episode lasted about 3 wks. Many different symptoms that were thought to be something else and the doc didn't do a visual.. Soo i didn't have any zovirax or valtrex for over 6 months

 
Old 08-24-2008, 08:14 AM   #5
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Harley, my swab came back positive but my blood work came back negative like you. They were really shocked at the doctor's office bc my outbreak so so severe. Infact, the Nurse said this was the worst she's ever seen! I really don't understand how it couldn't be type II.

 
Old 08-24-2008, 10:05 AM   #6
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Re: length of outbreak

Did the swab test positive for Type 2? Sometimes people respond to meds quicker than others...hang in there!

 
Old 08-24-2008, 01:56 PM   #7
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Harley, actually i didn't know the swab test could distinguish between the two types. I am seeing the doc tomorrow and will ask that. Thanks!

 
Old 08-24-2008, 05:23 PM   #8
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Re: length of outbreak

Good luck! Either way, I've read it's the same thing just one could be more active than the other...

 
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