Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Herpes Simplex Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
Herpes simplex can be classified into two types of viruses: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is the most common form and is the virus responsible for cold sores around the mouth. Type 2 is the virus that causes the sexually transmitted disease known as herpes. Clear Lake Dermatology can treat both types of herpes simplex viruses for patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area.
Herpes simplex viruses can be spread only through direct contact with an infected person, even if sores or lesions are not present. Patients are generally more apt to contract the type 1 virus if they have a weakened immune system or undergo a great deal of stress. The type 2 virus can be spread through sexual contact with an infected person even when individuals are in optimum health.
Both type 1 and type 2 herpes simplex viruses appear as blisters that are bright red in color. These blisters may burn or be extremely sore. After a few days, these sores rupture and begin to ooze and seep a clear fluid. They may then crust over and eventually disappear. Those affected by the type 1 virus can experience sores around the mouth, on the lips, or along the gums. People who contract the type 2 virus may feel an itching or burning sensation yet not detect a sore, which is especially true among women, who may contract these sores inside their vaginas.
Herpes Simplex Treatment
No cure is available for the herpes simplex virus, but medication can help manage symptoms. In the case of a type 1 infection, topical creams may help dry up cold sores. Those who are affected with type 2 viruses may need to take preventative medications to reduce the number of outbreaks, thereby decreasing the odds of transmitting this disease to others.
Many people who suffer from the herpes simplex virus never seek treatment because they are too embarrassed to do so. Patients who seek help from Clear Lake Dermatology will always be treated with dignity and respect regardless of the circumstances.
Herpes Simplex and Skin Cancer
Having type 1 herpes does not increase the risk of skin cancer, however, type 2 herpes does increase a woman’s risk of cervical cancer if she also carries the HPV virus.