Herpes simplex is a very common viral infection. If you’ve ever had one of those fever blisters or cold sores on your mouth, you had a case of herpes simplex virus. Almost all cold sores and fever blisters are due to the herpes simplex virus known as HSV-1. Herpes simplex-1 causes these sores and blisters anywhere on the skin, but they are usually found around the nose, mouth, buttocks and genitals. When you have the infection, it is often painful, and it tends to reappear periodically.
Those who come down with herpes simplex-1 are usually infants or adults. The virus spreads by the person carrying the virus having skin-to-skin contact with someone else. The people who get herpes simplex-2 do so by means of sexual contact with someone carrying the infection.
Herpes simplex has no cure; however, highly skilled medical dermatologists have found that it often clears on its own without any treatment. Some people choose to have a dermatologist treat their her-pes simplex to shorten the time of outbreak and relieve the symptoms. Most dermatologists treat herpes simplex with antiviral medications. Antiviral ointments and creams will relieve the itching, tin-gling and burning. There are also antiviral prescription medications that one can take daily to help pre-vent those infected from spreading it and to prevent continuing outbreaks. If you or someone you know is suffering from herpes simplex, contact our Orange County office today to see a dermatologist about relieving the symptoms.