The sole purpose of participants' reports is to convey how effective the test preparation is and how often it is being used. However many describe their symptoms. A guide is provided so that when doing so, the correct terminology can be used.
Caveats: HSV infections are highly variable and other skin conditions can present similarly. This should not be regarded as a definitive guide. The images below are a mixture of (cropped) pictures sent by participants and other images shamelessly purloined from around the web.
An outbreak or episode can include one or more of the symptoms shown below, and can last 5-14 days. An outbreak classically follows these stages: