Herpes Simplex (HSV)
- Q What is herpes simplex?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyNine out of 10 people are already infected with the herpes simplex virus, and most do not know it. Learn more about herpes simplex in this video with Dr. Oz. Full Answer
- Q What is the rate of incidence for herpes simplex?
Because it is so contagious, herpes simplex has a fairly high rate of incidence. A Center for Disease Control survey showed that the herpes simplex infection that results in genital herpes has infected approximately 16.2 percent of the population of... Full Answer
- Q How do medications treat herpes simplex?
The antiviral medications used to treat herpes simplex may slightly shorten the time that the symptoms cause discomfort by attacking the underlying virus. Ointments with an anesthetic affect will temporarily relieve pain. Washing with gentle soap... Full Answer
- Q Is herpes simplex serious?
Herpes simplex may not be considered serious since it usually subsides after an outbreak. However, it can lead to a more severe infection in the very young, the elderly, and in those with a health condition that affects the immune system. It can... Full Answer
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my herpes simplex symptoms?
You should talk with your doctor immediately if you experience any symptoms of herpes simplex. These would include sores on the mouth or lips, sores on the genitals or rectum, or redness of the eye, as well as a fever and a feeling that you are... Full Answer
- Q What might be causing the painful blisters on my buttock?
Dr. Anthony Komaroff, Internal MedicineHerpes simplex virus can cause painful blisters on the lips ("fever blisters") and other areas such as the buttocks.The blisters and surrounding area are painful for two to three weeks, and then usually go away. The virus, however, does not go away. It... Full Answer
- Q How can I prevent spreading herpes?
Herpes simplex can be prevented with proper precaution, but it can also be passed easily from someone who has an active infection to someone who does not. It is very contagious. To prevent the spread of infection, do not touch someone with an active... Full Answer