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Old 12-15-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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question for anyone who has herpes.

I keep hearing people describe outbreaks as painful but are they always? are they always itchy? How long do outbreaks last? I've decided I'm going to go in for a test but i need to wait about 3 days to be seen. Until then I panic!

 
Old 12-18-2012, 12:38 AM   #2
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Re: question for anyone who has herpes.

It depends on the what type of virus ( 1 or 2), and it also varies from each person. Some have symptoms; some don't. The common ground is that the first OB (outbreak) is always the worst.

I was instructed to wait 6 weeks for testing as they call it a "window" for a false negative. It's been 3 weeks since my incident, so far no severe itching and clustered blisters.

The wait is a pain, but I'd rather wait than get a false negative.

Try to calm yourself down. Find a distraction, panicking will cause distress on your body. You may experience diarrhea, headaches and warmth of the skin (feels like about to have a flu) which are some symptoms of herpes.

Until you are tested, i suggest that you find a distraction or talk to some friends who can calm you down.

 
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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Re: question for anyone who has herpes.

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I keep hearing people describe outbreaks as painful but are they always? are they always itchy? How long do outbreaks last? I've decided I'm going to go in for a test but i need to wait about 3 days to be seen. Until then I panic!
Hello,
They are not always painful, as the previous poster mentioned the first one is normally the worst. Everyone's outbreaks and symptoms are different especially when it comes to intensity. Outbreaks can last up to 2 weeks sometimes a little longer or shorter depending if you are on medication.

The best thing to do is if you get a negative test , get retested at the 4 month mark of when you think you were exposed. Also make sure you ask for the IgG herpes type specific blood test.
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