What is Herpes?
Herpes simplex is a viral disease, characterized by oral or genital blisters that flare-up during outbreaks.
What causes herpes?
Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). Oral herpes, also called cold sores, causes painful blisters around the mouth or face. Genital herpes also causes painful blisters around the genitals, buttocks or anal area. Both types are characterized by outbreaks of symptoms that are contagious by contact and last anywhere from 2 -21 days, followed by a remission when the sores disappear. People may have outbreaks several times per year. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may or may not know that he or she is infected.
How do we treat Herpes?
There is no cure for herpes, but treatment is focused on reducing the symptoms and duration of an outbreak, as well as decreasing the risk of transmission to a partner. Treatments include:
- Antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks
- Corticosteroid injections to reduce the inflammation of an outbreak
- Topical corticosteroids and antivirals
What can I expect?
Following an evaluation and examination, a diagnosis will be made and a treatment plan will be prescribed to help clear the outbreak and reduced the chance of future outbreaks.
Learn more about your condition: Herpes Resource Center
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