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Herpes

A common viral infection causing painful blisters or ulcers seen either around the mouth/face or genital area.

What is it?

Herpes is a prevalent and highly contagious condition, marked by recurring episodes of tiny, painful blisters filled with transparent fluid. These blisters can generally be seen on or around the mouth or genital area but can manifest anywhere on the skin. The underlying cause of herpes is two types of viruses: Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1), mainly causing oral herpes and Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 (HSV-2), chiefly causing genital herpes. The majority of those infected with the virus don't exhibit symptoms, which is why it's often spread unknowingly. While there is no definitive cure for herpes, the condition can be controlled, and the recurrences can become less severe and less frequent over time.

How is it treated?

A dermatologist, particularly our medical providers in Avon, Sandusky, Broadview Heights, Medina, Port Clinton, and Strongsville, Ohio, can provide invaluable assistance to patients looking to control the symptoms of herpes. After verifying a herpes diagnosis, our dermatologist can recommend antiviral medications to help manage outbreaks, reduce the chance of transmission, and lessen the severity and duration of the symptoms. They can also provide advice on lifestyle factors that can trigger flare-ups, like stress and inadequate sleep. Moreover, our dermatologists can provide essential education on how to prevent passing herpes to others. Remember, with the right strategy and management, individuals with herpes can lead fully active and rewarding lives.

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