How long after herpes infection will I start to feel symptoms?

Question:

One day of just being careless, I negligently failed to recognize the bump on my face as a fever blister. I wiped my eye, rubbed my nose. Whatever. Now I’m afraid about having an extra case of eye herpes and nose herpes. How long after initial infection do the symptoms (minor flu, bloodshot eyes, etc) start to show themselves? Keep in mind I’m not talking about a herpes outbreak, but the subtle symptoms that indicate you have herpes.

Answer:

Symptoms of herpes typically develop within 2 to 20 days after contact with the virus, although it could take longer – if at all. Symptoms may last up to several weeks, varying from person to person. In many people, the first infection is so mild that it goes unnoticed. It is possible that a person becomes aware of the “first episode” years after the infection is acquired. In others, the first attack causes visible sores. Even so, subsequent recurrences of the disease may cause lesions.

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