Depending on the health of the patient and the type of outbreaks (primary or recurrent), untreated outbreaks can last from 1 to 6 weeks.
The frequency of outbreaks will also typically diminishes with time.
Through the help of herpes medication, the frequency of a herpes outbreak can be controlled as long as one is diligent in taking the medication and adheres to their prescribed treatment plan.
The disease cannot be cured; therefore the best treatment is always prevention.
Subsequent recurrent outbreaks will be less severe, typically lasting 3 to 14 days and the frequency will become farther and farther apart with each recurring attack.
A typical cycle and duration of a herpes outbreak may look like the following: In general, the duration of a primary outbreak will be longer in women than men as well as the frequency of having recurring attacks due to factors such as menstruation, hormonal changes and pregnancy that may “re-activate” the virus.