When you hear that someone has a viral infection, what runs through your mind?
Herpes Simplex Virus is one of the viruses that people dread.
This post will educate you on all you should know.

Herpes Simplex Virus

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is responsible for skin infections.
Your entire life is affected by the illness, which results in intermittent blisters and sores that may be painful or uncomfortable.

Usually, the herpes simplex virus doesn’t result in serious issues.
However, it might be harmful to young children and those with compromised immune systems.

It is categorized into HSV 1 (causes oral or face infections) and HSV 2 (causes genital infections)

Causes of Herpes Simplex Virus

HSV can be contracted by coming into direct touch with open sores from an infected person.

However, as the virus also “sheds” on a brief number of days, it is still possible to spread or get HSV even if no symptoms are visible. In actuality, a large number of HSV infections come from carriers who are unaware of their infection.

Risk Factors of Getting Herpes Simplex Virus

 1. When you have a sexual partner who has HSV

 2. If you were given a female gender at birth (AFAB)

3.When you are immunocompromised

4. When you have any sexually transmitted infections in your past

 5. Engaging in sexual activity without wearing a condom or a dental dam

Herpes Simplex Virus Symptoms

  • Lips, mouth, or tonguecovered in cold sores. They could appear blister-like or crusty.

  • Sores around or on their genitals, face, and mouth.
  • Prickling, stinging, or burning sensation
  • Fever, enlarged lymph nodes, or muscle pain.
  • Urinary discomfort
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Treatment of Herpes Simplex Virus

To decrease your symptoms and hasten the resolution of an outbreak, you can apply an antiviral ointment or cream immediately.

For the prevention of outbreaks, many HSV-2 carriers take daily oral medicines.

Your healthcare practitioner might suggest an oral or topical medicine like:

Sitavig®

Zovirax® (Acyclovir)

Famvir® (famciclovir)

Valtrex® (valacyclovir)