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Doctor insights on: Mild Herpes Simplex Virus Infection

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How is herpes simplex virus infection treated.

How is herpes simplex virus infection treated.

Antivirals: Well it depends where your infection is but herpes is treatable with antiviral medication such as acyclovir. It doesn't cure you of the virus, but it does shorten the duration of the attacks. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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May have Herpes Simplex Virus developed a recurrent Herpetic Whitlow, sometimes confused with a staph infection. How can I prevent it?

May have Herpes Simplex Virus developed a recurrent Herpetic Whitlow, sometimes confused with a staph infection. How can I prevent it?

Valacyclovir: If these recurrences occur excessively frequently you may be able to extend the symptom-free duration of time by taking prophylactic valacyclovir. See your PCP and discuss with them. ...Read more

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How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way if there is contact with contents of a herpes rash to the other body part(s). ...Read more

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How do I know if I have herpes simplex virus ?

How do I know if I have herpes simplex virus ?

Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about herpes simplex virus 1?

Could you tell me about herpes simplex virus 1?

This is a bit vague.: Herpes simplex 1: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310.

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Should you take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

Should you take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

How Severe?: Most cases of herpes simplex i will resolve within a few days without treatment. Routine use of a broad spectrum sunscreen will help prevent and reduce the frequency of episodes. If the blisters are numerous with discomfort, an oral antiviral drug may be prescribed (valacyclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir). ...Read more

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Is there evidence showing almost everyone on earth has herpes simplex virus 1?

Not exactly: More than 90% of adults have antibodies to hsv1 by the 5th decade of life. In western populations 80-100% of adults of lower socioeconomic status had antibodies compared to only 30-50% of adults in higher socioeconomic groups. ...Read more

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When was the term herpes simplex virus coined?

When was the term herpes simplex virus coined?

Centuries ago: The word herpes comes from the greek meaning crawling since the group of blisters occur in a serpentine pattern. The differentiation between different types occurred centuries later. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more