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How Long Does a Typical Outbreak Last?

The symptoms of a genital herpes infection will typically last from 3 to 14 days, but in some rare cases it may take up to six weeks or so to resolve.

The first ever “primary” outbreak is generally the worst for most people and is sometimes followed by a second bout of symptoms shortly after, as the body requires a little bit of time to become accustomed to the herpes virus and to build antibodies.

The symptoms of a cold sore infection will typically last from 2 to 12 days.

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