Herpes Simplex Cleveland
The herpes simplex virus can cause blisters and sores almost anywhere on the skin. These sores usually occur either around the mouth and nose, or on the genitals and buttocks. The sores from the primary infection heal completely and rarely leave a scar. However, the virus that caused the infection remains in the body. It moves to nerve cells where it remains in a resting state.
There are two types of HSV – Type 1 and Type 2. The Type 1 virus causes cold sores. Most people get Type 1 infections during infancy or childhood. They usually catch it from close contact with family members or friends that carry the virus. The sores most commonly affect the lips, mouth, nose, chin or cheeks and can occur shortly after exposure. The Type 2 virus causes genital sores. Most people get Type 2 infections following sexual contact with an infected person.
With either type of herpes simplex, you can spread lesions by touching an unaffected part of the body after touching the herpes lesion. Herpes simplex virus infections can be very annoying because they can periodically reappear. The sores may be painful and unsightly. Fever and sun exposure are the most common factors triggering herpes simplex virus. There are times no triggering can be found; the virus becomes activated without any apparent reason.
Oral anti-viral medications have been developed to effectively treat herpes infections. These medications can be used to treat an outbreak or can be used for suppressing herpes recurrences. While there are no know cures for herpes, clinical studies are now ongoing to attempt to reduce or possibly eliminate outbreaks.
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Academy of Dermatology
- American Medical Association
- American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
- American Society of Dermatologic Surgery