What is the incubation period of different types of herpes?
Hello, dear readers! When we infect some disease, for example, erisipela, symptoms do not appear immediately, but only after the causative agent will be a period of incubation.
What is it and how long it lasts in different types of herpes? Let’s find out!
What makes the virus in the body before symptoms appear?
The herpes virus may enter the body in various ways, for example, by airborne droplets, through sexual and other close contacts, through the blood, etc.
Then he needs to adapt to new conditions – select appropriate tissue for reproduction, to multiply up to the number to trigger the symptoms.
This virus prefers to isnegative in the epithelial cells. Today, humanity knows 8 types of such infections, each of which has its own peculiarities and incubated at different speeds.
I suggest you study all these types, but rather the incubation period of herpes.
Parvatiya infection lips
The first or simple type of viruses provokes the well-known cold sore on lips. He is almost all the adult inhabitants of our planet (90% of the people really is).
It is very unpretentious to the conditions, so quickly mastered the body, and the duration of this period ranges from two to seven days. The speed of incubation depends on:
- the state of the immune system – the weaker the immune system, the better for the virus;
- age – in children the body is weaker due to natural causes, and therefore the virus is mastered faster;
- additional diseases if they are, then will certainly worsen, which lowers immunity.
This form is triggered by too simple, but 2-typical herpes virus. Genital disease affects the same proportion of men and women, but they have develops with different speed.
For example, in men, the incubation process takes up to 7 days, and for females it lasts longer (up to ten days).
The symptoms are the same as in the previous case, but did not occur on the lips and private parts. That is why the pathology is called the genital or sexual (transmitted mainly through sex).
Chickenpox and shingles
All this causes a third type of herpes viruses – Zoster virus. In a healthy person after a collision with it will develop chicken pox and shingles is an extremely rare relapse.
And you thought to recover from chicken pox just once in your life? But, no! Relapse is triggered by:
- sharp strong decrease in immunity;
- old age;
- stress and other detrimental factors.
The virus of chickenpox long enough to take root in the body ten to twenty days. Shingles, in turn, may not ever occur, and if it appears, then, most likely, in old age. Thus, we can say that its incubation lasts for years.
Infection With Epstein-Barr
It provokes 4 type of herpes viruses, and it is called infectious mononucleosis. After infection the first symptoms can appear on the 5th day, and can only in a month.
In children, the disease develops much faster and is more severe than in adults. If you want to study this infection, then be sure to read the separate article on this website.
This form is not developing as the others. It does not cause a rash on the skin, making it difficult to diagnose. First the symptoms:
- a sharp increase in temperature;
- body aches;
- stuffy nose and sore throat.
You see, the symptoms resemble SARS. Is it girisindeki often confused. The only difference is that the disease is Epstein-Barr can cause deadly complications.
Is caused by herpes type 5 that we reviewed in the articles on this site. To determine the duration of incubation of cytomegalovirus scientists have not been able, as this pathogen is very tricky and almost all develop in different ways (with different speed).
The majority of infected symptoms appeared within 20-60 days after infection. Thus, you can 2 months to carry the disease and not know it.
6, 7, 8 types of viruses
Other types of herpes viruses also survive in the human body. To study them scientists have begun relatively recently, so have not studied.
It is known that 6 type of virus survives in the body for one to two weeks, and then gives acute symptoms:
- intermittent fever;
- abnormal pink rash on the body.
Persistence of these symptoms for 3-5 days, after which they disappear. Ill mostly children, in adults, the disease almost always develops without symptoms (except in people with immunodeficiency).
In viruses, 7 and 8, there is no fixed incubation. They have just started to study carefully, so we practically know nothing about them.
The only thing worth mentioning is the relationship type 7 with chronic fatigue and of type 8 with Kaposi’s sarcoma.
Is it possible to cure the infection at the initial stage?
As long as the virus is not caught in the body, it can be easily to be removed. As you know, after the first outbreak, the infection becomes chronic and incurable.
But if we noticed it before the first flash, then would it effectively deal. But how to spot if there is no symptoms?
Actually, sorry, that’s impossible. You do not pass tests for antibodies to the herpes viruses every month just like that? Of course not. Even if passed, nothing much.
Antibodies are produced after incubation when the virus has already taken hold and began to isnegative. Only then our immune system will notice and start to deal with it.
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Author: Ksenia Borisova (dermatologist)