How long does herpes last?


Herpes is a viral infection that can last a lifetime, but the symptoms can come and go. The duration of the symptoms depends on the type of herpes virus causing the infection and the individual’s immune system.

Genital herpes, caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), typically causes outbreaks of sores or blisters in the genital area that can last for 2-4 weeks. After the initial outbreak, the virus can remain dormant in the body and reactivate later, causing additional outbreaks.

Oral herpes, caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), can cause cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth, which typically last 7-10 days. Like genital herpes, oral herpes can also recur.

It is important to note that while there is no cure for herpes, antiviral medications can help manage symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. It is also important to practice safe sex and avoid sexual contact during outbreaks to prevent spreading the virus to others.

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