The herpes simplex virus, also known as HSV, is an infection that causes herpes. Herpes can appear in various parts of the body, most commonly on the genitals or mouth. This very contagious infection is spread by direct contact with sores or sometimes with the affected area when no sores are present. It causes blisters or sores in the mouth or on the genitals and often with the first infection, a fever and general feeling of illness.
HOW IS HERPES INFECTIONS DIAGNOSED?
For diagnosis, one can approach a General Physician or a Dermatologist. The status of the blisters on the skin itself might be sufficient for the doctor to know that this could be only due to Herpes Infections. The doctor might also know if the infected person had unprotected sex. If there are any doubts then more serious tests like virus cultures could be advised.
HOW IS HERPES INFECTIONS TREATED?
Treatment of herpes aims at getting rid of the sores and other symptoms. There is no cure for herpes. Medication both oral and externally applied creams can only prevent further outbreaks and worsening of existing sores.
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.