Herpes Infections occur following sexual contact either orally or through the genitals and the condition affects the person in these areas only. And the infections are also of 2 types - 1 and 2. Though people affected by Type 1 will have sores in both areas, around the mouth and lips as well as the genitals, Type 2 Herpes is more commonly related to the sores in the genital area. Even sharing a toothbrush of an infected person can cause the infection to spread.
HOW IS HERPES INFECTIONS DIAGNOSED?
Dermatologists conduct a complete examination of the blisters and other symptoms. For confirmation of diagnosis, the doctor may order for a herpes culture. Blood tests may also be done for detecting HSV1 and HSV2 antibodies.
HOW IS HERPES INFECTIONS TREATED?
Although there is no cure for herpes, treatments can relieve the symptoms. Medication can decrease the pain related to an outbreak and can shorten healing time. They can also decrease the total number of outbreaks. Treatment is most effective if started early, usually within a few hours after symptoms start—preferably at the first sign of tingling or discomfort, before blisters appear. For people who have frequent, painful attacks, the number of outbreaks can be reduced by taking antiviral drugs every day.
DID YOU KNOW?
As sun exposure often triggers facial herpes simplex, sun protection using high protection factor sunscreens and other measures are important. This infection is very contagious and can be spread by direct contact with sores and sometimes by contact with the oral and genital areas of people who have chronic infection even when no sores are can be seen.