How long does Genital Herpes last

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Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease. People with genital herpes frequently get bothered as it is considered as a benign and life-long infection. Read to know how long genital herpes can last.        

Herpes simplex virus infection: Genital herpes disease brought on by herpes simplex virus (HSV) can’t be cured–it’s a lifelong disorder. The virus lies dormant within your system in a nearby nerve after the initial infection and may reactivate later (sometime because of an obvious trigger factor, but in most instances there is no trigger variable). The antiviral medications prescribed for treatment of genital herpes does not cure the infection. The antiviral drugs may;

  • Shorten the duration of symptoms through an initial outbreak (the sores heal sooner)
  • reduce the severity and duration of symptoms in most cases with recurrent outbreaks
  • decrease the incidence of recurrent outbreaks
  • decrease the danger of transmitting the infection to another person.

Primary infection: The initial infection is called primary infection and recurrent infection are called “herpes outbreak” The main disease may or may not cause symptoms but the personcan still be contagious.During the primary infection groups of small, painful blisters tend to erupt in crops over 1-2 weeks (around your genitals and/or anus). The symptoms ulcerate and the blisters and sores can last up to 10-20 days. They then gradually heal without scarring.

Recurrent herpes outbreak: During a herpes outbreak, the dormant virus is activated and it travels down the nerve fibers to the site of the initial infection (genital herpesor recurrent cold sores if the principal disease was round the mouth) where it triggers the normal blisters and redness. The symptoms can recur many times annually in some people whereas other may have few recurrence(might be years apart). During recurrence the symptoms are far less intense and shorter than the first episode (symptoms usually last 7-10 days, during a continuing attack unlike 10-20 days throughout the primary attack). The severity and frequency of recurrent outbreaks are inclined to decreaseover time.

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