Know the Different Phases of HSV Herpes

HSV herpes undergoes different phases. Your symptoms and signs can depend on the phase the virus is in during that time. It is very vital to learn about these phases because it can aid you to understand your herpes as well as help you determine when it is active.

The herpes virus stage immediately before an active infection is frequently referred to as the “Prodrome” (warning) stage.

Also, you might hear folks refer to initial redness, vesicles, ulcers, crusts, and then healed – these are stages that HSV will undergo on the body.

A few of these phases could be apparent in you and a few could be more noticeable. In the asymptomatic stage, the herpes virus is in a resting state and is dormant in the nerves.

You’ll have no external signs of HSV herpes. You could even disregard that it’s there. This phase is the stage that everybody with herpes want to stay in for as long as possible. With good diet, lifestyle and exercise, most individuals can accomplish this and that is what this article is all about.

Herpes goes through an asymptomatic phase
Herpes goes through an asymptomatic phase


When you’re in that asymptomatic or latent phase, you’re quite safe to perform your normal activities. Your herpes is only resting in the nerves and is inactive on the dermis or surfaces of the body anywhere. You cannot transmit herpes to others during this stage since the virus in burying itself in the ganglion. The thing with this is that loads of people cannot exactly tell what phase the virus is in. Thus you might believe that you’re in a latent stage when really, you’re not.

Warning Phase

When you enter the prodromal stage (warning stage), you could experience very minor to zero symptoms at all. On the other hand, if at any moment you begin to feel different or weird, it may be that the herpes virus is getting started. You could feel itching, burning, or tingling in the area where the former outbreak has took place. Not everybody undergoes a warning stage prior to an outbreak but loads do.

This sensation is an indication that the HSV herpes virus has been triggered in the body and is travelling through the nerve and then back to the area on the skin where the first outbreak occurred. A few other warning signs include:

• Pain in the buttocks or leg
• Coldness or numbness at the area of previous outbreak
• Numbing, tingling or itching at the location
• Infrequently, some individuals have headache or fever

This warning phase can last from just several minutes to five days, but for the majority of people it’s approximately 12 to 24 hours. It’s possible to transmit herpes in this stage thus as soon as you begin feeling something is coming on, then you have to be cautious.

Some individuals have the warning phase vary without ever undergoing the other phases. In fact, this is a great thing that they do not get a total outbreak, but still you have to know to recognize it for you to protect other people from getting the virus from you.

Redness of the skin can be seen in herpes outbreaks.
Redness of the skin can be seen in herpes outbreaks.

Early Redness

The following phase is frequently called early redness. This is since that’s just what you get – early redness on the area. It’s typically just a tiny area of the dermis and it could be itchy, red, and excruciating to touch. During this stage, the herpes virus is just beginning to develop on the skin and it may be sore or itchy to touch. It is best to attempt not to touch it. You can transmit herpes during this stage to yourself or to others.


Vesicles are the tiny blisters that will usually develop on the top of the reddened area following the appearance of early redness. You could have just one or you could have a tiny cluster of them, and they are composed of a whitish or clear fluid. They can be extremely stinging when touched or if underwear and clothing rub against them.

This stage is the best phase of the herpes virus to have a viral culture taken to examine because fluid can be gathered effortlessly for the vesicle. Also, it is easy to transmit herpes to other people and to “autoinnoculate.” Occasionally women have blisters bursting on the labia and leaking down to the anal area or perineum and the virus can spread all over the genital area.

Wet Ulcers

This phase is the ulcer stage, which is quite sore and uncomfortable for numerous people. The ulcers are essentially the vesicles when they’ve burst. They may feel wet and raw when touched and they could glisten as though they’re wet.

Dry Crust

Dry crust, also called “scabbing,” is when the wet ulcers start to heal and then dry up, they’ll develop a scab on top of themselves. Even if you’re healing, still, the herpes virus is active and you can spread it to somebody else. It frequently begins to be less uncomfortable and painful during this stage, but you could experience itching once the dry crust develops as well as the ulcers heal. Fresh skin is developing and forming below the dry crust. Once the crust will dry away, new and healthy skin is going to be in its place.

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