Herpes Simplex

What is Herpes Simplex?

The herpes simplex virus (HSV) causes the herpes infection. The virus can lead to complications in young children and people with weak immune systems. Herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2 are the two types of herpes virus. HSV type 1 usually leads to oral herpes in which lesions develop around the mouth or facial area. HSV type 2 causes genital herpes which affects the genitals or anal region. There are also herpes infections which affect the skin, eyes or other areas of the body.

The herpes simplex virus spreads through direct contact. In some cases, the virus may not trigger any symptoms while in other cases; sores develop in the area exposed to the virus. These sores become itchy and painful blisters. Herpes outbreaks may occur several times in a year. As time goes by, the recurrences may reduce. There are medications which help to fight the virus and alleviate the symptoms of the infection.

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