Are cold sores/fever blisters herpes?
Cold sores and fever blisters are in fact, herpes. However, there are two types of herpes: herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). HSV-1 most commonly causes cold sores around the oral area. HSV-2 causes genital outbreaks.
How can I stop future outbreaks?
You can prevent future outbreaks by taking antiviral medication like Valtrex (valacyclovir). You might notice outbreaks during times of stress, excessive exposure to the Sun, or during a cold. Taking the antiviral medication before stressful events, or even daily, will reduce your risk of having an outbreak. Read more about prevention.
How does herpes get treated?
The treatment of herpes is typically taking an antiviral medication like valacyclovir, famciclovir, or acyclovir to prevent future outbreaks, and speed the healing of current outbreaks. Some carriers take medications like valacyclovir daily to ensure less risk of outbreak.
How do you catch herpes?
You can catch HSV-1 from contact with oral secretions from an infected person. Be careful of sharing things like eating utensils and toothbrushes with an infected person. You can get HSV-2 through sexual contact with an infected person. Even with the use of condoms, you are still at risk of contracting the HSV-2 virus.
What are the symptoms or herpes?
Herpes typically appears as painful fluid filled blisters or lesions on the skin. These lesions eventually crust over and scab like a small cut. Some people are able to recognize a future outbreak right before it happens from an itching or tingling feeling around the area.
Can herpes be cured?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for herpes. Herpes is difficult to research and cure because most of the time the virus lies dormant in your nervous system. There is research being conducted in hopes of finding one.