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Herpes Simplex and Treatments

What is Herpes Simplex?


Herpes Simplex is a common viral infection that is spread by direct contact with the skin or infected bodily fluids. It is the virus that causes the sexually-transmitted disease Herpes, as well as cold sores, but these conditions are brought on by different strains of the virus.

 

Strains of Herpes Simplex


Herpes Simplex 1, also known as oral herpes, is the viral strain of herpes that causes cold sores and fever blisters and primarily affects the mouth and lips.

Herpes Simplex 2 is the viral strain that causes genital herpes.

Both viral strains are highly contagious through direct, skin-to-skin contact or through the exchange of infected fluids. Herpes manifests as round, raised lesions or blisters that eventually will break, creating open sores. The herpes virus can be controlled but is never eliminated from the body and can come back multiple times.

How is Herpes Simplex Transmitted?


Because both strains of Herpes Simplex are spread through direct contact with an infected person, individuals can contract the virus in any of the following ways:

  • Kissing
  • Sharing utensils, water bottles, or a toothbrush
  • Incidental contact with an open herpes wound
  • Sexual contact and oral-genital contact

Herpes Simplex Treatment


At Optima Dermatology, we’re experienced with treating Herpes Simplex. Although the virus cannot be eliminated from the body, it can be treated and brought under control.

There are several different types of prescription medications are effective at treating the Herpes Simplex virus can shorten the outbreak.