Tiny sores or blisters on the face or lips are often caused by the herpes simplex virus. This viral infection can be painful and embarrassing. Dr. Vivian Bucay can help individuals who believe they may have contracted the herpes simplex virus receive a prompt diagnosis. A prompt diagnosis is essential to creating an effective preventive/treatment plan.
What is Herpes Simplex?
Herpes simplex is a viral infection that causes tiny sores or blisters to break out. These blisters or sores typically break out around the lips and mouth, but can occur anywhere on the face and even the genitals.
There are two types of herpes simplex. The first type of herpes simplex is known as herpes simplex virus type 1. This is the most common type of infection. It often causes people to have outbreaks that include fever blisters or cold sores.
The second type of herpes simplex is known as herpes simplex virus type 2. This is most commonly referred to as genital herpes. The sores/blisters that form from herpes simplex type 2 are similar to herpes simplex type 1.
Herpes simplex is extremely contagious. The virus can be passed from person-to-person even when there is no outbreak of sores or blisters.
What are Symptoms Associated with Herpes Simplex?
The appearance of one or more small, fluid-filled sores or blisters is the most common symptom associated with herpes simplex. The sores may appear on the lips, tongue, inside the mouth, or the chin. HOwever other symptoms are offten associated with herpes simplx, including:
- Intense itching and burning, even before sores appear
- Flu-like symptoms
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Eye infection
Dr. Bucay can make a diagnosis of herpes simplex by simply looking at the sores or blisters. If confirmation of herpes simplex needs to be made, she may conduct a swab of the sore for further analysis. However, a visual exam of the sore/blister is often enough to confirm herpes simplex.
What Treatments Options are Available for Herpes Simplex?
Antiviral medications and creams are often the most successful treatment options for herpes simplex. There are several over-the-counter antiviral creams that can help you relieve itching, burning, and pain associated with an outbreak. Other treatment options include prescription strength antiviral creams/gels, oral antiviral pills, or antiviral shots.
Dr. Bucay is committed to helping you find relief from herpes simplex. She will work with you to find a customized treatment plan that relieves herpes simplex symptoms and shortens outbreaks.