Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Herpes Simplex Overview

What is herpes simplex?
A person with Herpes simplex has an infection with Herpes simplex virus type 1 or Herpes simplex virus type 2. Both viruses cause recurrent episodes of painful blisters on the skin surface.

What are the symptoms of herpes simplex?
Symptoms of herpes simplex depend on the type of infection. The most common symptom in all herpes simplex infections is a blistery, red rash. Herpes simplex infections can cause symptoms of herpes gingivostomatitis, to symptoms of herpes genitalis. Herpes gingivostomatitis results in blisters and ulcers around the mouth, while herpes genitalis results in blisters and ulcers on the genitals.

How does the doctor treat herpes simplex?
Treatment for herpes simplex includes oral antiviral medications, antiviral ointments, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Herpes Simplex References
  1. Arduino PG, Porter SR. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 infection: overview on relevant clinico-pathological features. J Oral Pathol Med. 2008 Feb;37(2):107-21. [18197856]
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