How Long Do Herpes Outbreaks Last?


Asked by Miss B

How Long Do Herpes Outbreaks Last?

I was diagnosed with genital herpes in September and I have been experiencing an outbreak for about three months. I'm taking medications that are slowing it down, but it's persisting. I've talked to my doctor about it, but I was wondering if other people who have herpes have experienced outbreaks for this long?


Experts seems to agree that the first outbreaks are often worse than later flares of the disease, but that six weeks is typically the longest an outbreak should continue, though patients who are taking appropriate antiviral medications typically only experience symptoms for 7-10 days. Three months seems like a very long time to have a single outbreak given this information.   It may be that your antiviral meds are not being taken at sufficient dosages or frequency, or that they are not effective for some other reason. You should definitely speak to your doctor about it.   The good news is that many people who've had the disease for a long time experience less frequent and less severe outbreaks over time, so it's likely you will not experience outbreaks this severe forever.

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Answered by Eileen Bailey