Wanted: Herpes simplex 1

By Nikki Ortega

What is Herpes Simplex1?

Herpes Simplex1 are cold sores that appear on the lips, inside the mouth, in or on the nose, and all around the face. They can also happen anywhere on the body but mostly those are the places.

What does Herpes Simplex1 look like?

Herpes Simplex1 looks like a pimple kinda of because it's a bump and it's red.
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How is Herpes Simplex1 caused?

Herpes Simplex1 is caused by another type of Herpes called Herpes Simplex2 and it's spread by sexual contact. You can also get it when you're a child by hanging around an adult who has been kissed by someone who has this virus. When someone gets infected with Herpes Simplex1, the virus makes it's way through the skin into a group of nerve cells called ganglion and stays there until it decides to make a cold sore. Some people though never get cold sores.

How does Herpes Simplex1 feel?

The cold sore gets numb, it throbs and tingles.

Symptoms of HerpesSimplex1

Symptoms vary depending on whether the outbreak is initial or recurrent. The first (primary) outbreak is usually worse than recurrent outbreaks. However, most cases of new herpes simplex virus infections do not produce symptoms. In fact, studies indicate that 10 - 25% of people infected with HSV-2 are unaware that they have genital herpes. Even if infected people have mild or no symptoms, they can still transmit the herpes virus.

Treatment for Herpes Simplex1

Cold sores normally go away on their own within 7 to 10 days. And although no medications can make the infection go away, prescription drugs and creams are available that can shorten the length of the outbreak and make the cold sore less painful.

Interesting Facts

  • If a person is infected with Herpes and they get into a hot tub or pool with other people they too can get the virus.