Herpes Simplex (HSV)
- Q How is herpes treated?
The main treatment option for herpes simplex is prescription antiviral drugs. These drugs work best when given as soon as possible after symptoms appear. Other treatments include cleaning the outbreak area by washing it with gentle soap and keeping it... Full Answer
- Q Is there a cure for herpes simplex?
Although medical researchers are working on a vaccine for herpes simplex, there is currently no cure. After the first outbreak subsides, the virus remains dormant in the nerve endings beneath the skin. Some people never have another outbreak, and others... Full Answer
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with herpes simplex?
Most people with a herpes simplex infection can care for themselves and do not require nursing care. However, if someone in your home has an outbreak, remember how contagious herpes simplex is. Avoid direct contact with the person. Use plastic gloves as... Full Answer
- Q How do I manage my herpes simplex on a daily basis?
Managing herpes simplex outbreaks on a daily basis means being vigilant for the appearance of symptoms. The earlier antiviral drugs are taken, the better the chance they will shorten the period of the flare-up. If you have a herpes simplex outbreak, it... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for herpes simplex?
The first occurrence of a herpes simplex infection is caused by direct contact with another person who has an active infection. Therefore, you do not want to increase your risk of contracting herpes simplex by touching someone who has an active case of... Full Answer
- Q How does herpes simplex affect the body?
The body responds to the herpes simplex virus by attempting to fight it, causing a feeling of being ill and producing a fever. Sores can erupt on the lips and mouth or genitals. The eyes can become sensitive or clouded. This active state of the infection... Full Answer
- Q Should monogamous couples get tested for herpes simplex virus type 2?
Though herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) is the most common cause of ulcerative genital disease in America, infection can often go unrecognized. In a study done with heterosexual monogamous couples, testing was an effective way to recognize HSV-2.... Full Answer