What is herpes?

A family of viruses. Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences.

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What is herpes?

Virus family. Herpes is a family of viruses characterized by small blister-like (vesicles) rash & by staying in the body until triggered again. Most common ones are herpes simplex i & ii which cause cold sores and genital sores. Chickenpox is a herpes virus that can reappear later in life as shingles. Epstein-barr & cytomegalovirus, roseola virus, & cause of kaposi's sarcoma are all herpes viruses. Read more...
Virus family. Herpes is a family of viruses characterized by small blister-like (vesicles) rash & by staying in the body until triggered again. Most common ones are herpes simplex i & ii which cause cold sores and genital sores. Chickenpox is a herpes virus that can reappear later in life as shingles. Epstein-barr & cytomegalovirus, roseola virus, & cause of kaposi's sarcoma are all herpes viruses. Read more...
Virus family. Herpes is a family of viruses characterized by small blister-like (vesicles) rash & by staying in the body until triggered again. Most common ones are herpes simplex i & ii which cause cold sores and genital sores. Chickenpox is a herpes virus that can reappear later in life as shingles. Epstein-barr & cytomegalovirus, roseola virus, & cause of kaposi's sarcoma are all herpes viruses. Read more...
Genital herpes? When a patient asks about herpes, i find they r often interesting in learning about genital herpes, which is usually caused by type 1 or 2 herpes. Once a person has genital herpes, it can't b cured, but can b managed. Often herpes doesn't cause symptoms so the best way 2 know if u have it is 2 get tested. If u have a sore, see your pcp. If u want routine screening or info, see sexualhealth.Com. Read more...

What is herpes?

Virus infection. Herpes is a family of various viruses that can be responsible for different diseases. Herpes simplex causes the typical cold or fever blister on the lips and face. Herpes varicella zoster is reponsible for chicken pox, and then can cause shingles. Read more...

What is herpes?

A family of viruses. Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences. Read more...

What duz herpes look like?

Varies. Herpes of the genital area can just be a reddened area but classically is a small group of clear blisters. This area is paiful, tingles and can get crusty. It is like a fever blister (only it is not a fever blister). Usually clinically diagosed but can absolutely be diagnosed if cultured and positive. Practice safe sex or you will continue to get the gift that keeps on giving! Read more...
Crusty blister. Used to be called "cold sores"-can be oral or genital or anal; caused by 2 strains of the same virus. Starts with tingling, gets red, then blistery, crusts over/scabby. Can recur.Brought out by stress, fever, etc. Contagious, viral; spread even if no outright lesion present. Be careful swapping spit, using someone else's fork, or having sex (oral, genital, anal) meds to treat, suppress. Condoms. Read more...

What does herpes look like?

Small Blister. Herpes usually looks like a small blister. Classically, the blister or blisters appears to be on top of red skin. These blisters can be found on the genitals and can also be found on other areas. Often they are very painful. The fluid found within the vesicle contains the virus and is very contagious. Read more...
See image. Cluster of small blisters with surrounding redness; blisters break and form scabs. Read more...

What causes herpes to spread?

Touch. Herpes spreads by touch. There are living viruses in the sores and you can introduce the virus pretty much anywhere on your body by touch. So it's very important to wash hands well after touching the sores. It is also spread in the saliva once you have been infected. You can spread herpes even when you aren't having any active sores. Read more...

What do herpes look like on a male?

Herpes. Before a cold sore appears the area will sometimes tingle, feel slightly raised and may appear red and inflamed. This pain or tingling sensation is called the prodrome (or warning symptom) and typically occurs 1 to 2 days before the cold sore appears. A cold sore generally appears as a small, fluid-filled blister which goes through a cycle of phases. The lesions will last for 8-10 days. Read more...
Herpes Photograph. This is a photogaph of a penis with herpetic lesions. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=herpes+male&qs=as&sk=as1&form=qbir&pq=herpes%20male&sc=7-11&sp=2&qs=as&sk=as1#view=detail&id=d3d395181b4f8f37f15165564f0ea9999a74662a&selectedindex=7. Read more...