After someone is initially infected, the virus can lie dormant without causing any symptoms. But it can reactivate later, typically after some sort of stress like a cold, an infection, hormonal changes, or menstrual periods. Cold sores from HSV1 usually go away on their own within 5 to 7 days.
How long does it take for HSV-1 to go away?
The herpes sores (lesions) typically last a week to 10 days. They most often occur on the lips, tongue, roof of the mouth, or the gums. The sores occur first as fluid-filled blisters that burst (rupture) after a day or 2. The sores will ooze fluid that has the virus.
Is HSV type 1 permanent?
HSV-1 stays in your body, permanently, in an inactive state once youre infected. Certain triggers, such as stress, may periodically reactivate the virus and lead to recurrent symptoms and outbreaks.
Can I spread HSV-1 to my child?
Kids can get HSV-1 by kissing or touching a person with cold sores, or by sharing eating utensils, towels, or other items with an infected person. Many kids get infected with HSV-1 during the preschool years.