Statistically, 8 out of every 10 people (for both sexes) who have a primary outbreak will also go on to have a recurrent attack within the first 6 months after the first outbreak.
The average amount of recurrent outbreaks is approximately 2 to 3 times annually with each recurring outbreak lasting 3 to 14 days.
The use of medication is the best way to lessen the effects of the virus once it has been contracted.
Consult with your doctor about which medication(s) will work best for you.
A herpes infection may be considered chronic if outbreaks occur more than 5 times a year.
The good news is that with each outbreaks, the attacks get less severe than the one that precedes it.
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.
It is important to point out that not all infected individuals may realise that they have an active infection as sometimes the outbreak can be quite mild with symptoms like small cuts in the skin or symptoms quite inconspicuous to be noticed on causal inspection.
In some reported cases, the virus can stay latent after infection for weeks and months until it is “triggered” by some form of physical, emotional, physiological stress, or a change in diet habits.