Herpes Simplex Symptoms

Herpes Simplex Symptoms

There are two types of herpes simplex viruses, namely, HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus types are highly contagious and trigger the appearance of various herpes simplex symptoms that manifest themselves in the formation of multiple itchy red sores on virtually anywhere on the body.

If a patient displays distinctive lesions on the lips, chin or cheeks, he is mostly likely to be diagnosed with herpes labialis. Oral herpes symptoms include swelling and itching in the mouth areas that are later going to be covered with herpes lesions. Herpes simplex symptoms do not require any special treatment and might take 2-3 weeks to heal on their own. In some patients the pain and discomfort might be more substantial requiring supporting therapy to lessen herpes simplex symptoms.

Genital herpes is another type of virus that is most often caused by HSV-2 virus. Genital herpes is also very contagious and could be easily passed on to your sexual partner. Using condoms at all times is a necessity even when you do not openly display any active herpes simplex symptoms. Avoiding unprotected oral sex is also important to reduce your chances to pass on the virus to your partner.

Herpes gladiatorum is yet another form of HSV-1 type of virus that manifests itself with cold sore like symptoms that show up in other areas like around the neck, ears and face. This particular type of herpes virus is very often contracted during direct sports contacts like in wrestling, for example. Many athletes are prescribed antiviral therapy to reduce the likelihood of herpes simples symptoms flare ups especially during competitions.

Herpes zoster infection is caused by a different strain of herpes virus from the varicella family that can trigger chicken pox in children and adults. Herpes zoster is more commonly known as shingles. It attacks the nerves of a person with weakened immune system and causes very painful rash on one side of the body accompanied by flu-like symptoms.