The herpes simplex virus (HSV) causes blisters and sores around the mouth, nose, genitals and buttocks, but they may occur almost anywhere on the skin. HSV infections can be very annoying because they may reappear periodically. There are two types of HSV: Type 1 and Type 2.HSV Type 1: These are often referred to as fever blisters or cold sores and most often occur on the face. Type 1 infections can occur in the genital area. Type 1 may also develop in wounds on the skin.

HSV Type 2: Infections with HSV Type 2 usually results in sores on the buttocks, penis, vagina or cervix within two to 20 days after contact with an infected person. Sexual intercourse is the most frequent means of getting the infection. Both primary and repeat attacks can cause problems including: a minor rash or itching, painful sores, fever, aching muscles, and a burning sensation with urination. HSV Type 2 may also occur in other locations, but it is usually found below the waist.

Both Type 1 and Type 2 can be spread to other people. People who kiss someone while having a fever blister, or had sex with their partner with an outbreak of genital herpes are likely to transmit the virus. However, most herpes is transmitted when there are no lesions and no symptoms. Other serious implications of HSV are eye infections and infections in pregnancy. A newborn can also be infected by exposure to the virus from non-genital lesions.Herpes infections may be treated with oral anti-viral medications. However, your dermatologist will prescribe the best treatment for your particular type of HSV.

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