When symptoms do occur, herpes lesions typically appear as one or more vesicles, or small blisters, on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The average incubation period for an initial herpes infection is 4 days (range, 2 to 12) after exposure.
What does HSV-1 on genitals feel like?
The first outbreak is usually the worst. At first, you might develop some flu-like symptoms. Then you might feel itchy or have an uncomfortable feeling around your genitals or mouth before the lesions appear. Future outbreaks are likely to be milder and resolve faster.
How quickly does HSV-1 appear?
The first outbreak (also called the “first episode” or “initial herpes”) usually starts about 2 to 20 days after you get infected with herpes. But sometimes it takes years for the first outbreak to happen. The first herpes outbreak lasts about 2 to 4 weeks.
Is HSV-1 on genitals common?
Around 140 million people between the ages of 15 and 49 years have a genital HSV-1 infection. Most live in the Americas, Europe, and the Western Pacific. Fewer people in wealthy, industrialized countries are developing HSV-1 infections as children, probably as a result of better hygiene and living conditions.