Herpes simplex virus, or HSV, comes in two main forms, HSV-1 and HSV-2. Cold sores are the first form and the most common of type of herpes. Genital herpes, or HSV-2, is the second type. Both can cause painful blisters and sores and are also very contagious. While there is not a cure for herpes, there are treatments to reduce frequency and duration of outbreaks. Our medical dermatology team at LM Medical NYC offers herpes treatment at our clinic in Manhattan.
Herpes virus causes blister formations that can ooze fluid. Herpes viruses, both simplex 1 and 2, are spread from direct contact with an active case of herpes to mucus membranes or the bloodstream. HSV-1, or oral herpes, usually form around the mouth or nose. Kissing is the most common way to transfer the virus, but oral sex can transmit both HSV-1 to the genitals or HSV-2 from the genitals to the mouth. HSV-2, or genital herpes, are spread through various sexual activity.
Symptoms of herpes include swelling, painful blisters and sores in the affected area. The initial outbreak of herpes is more severe and may include fever. Recurrent episodes of cold sores, fever blisters and genital sores tend to be less volatile, but still painful and contagious.
Treatments for HSV-1 and HSV-2
Advances have been made in the treatments for oral and genital herpes. Antiviral medications can be effective in controlling the severity and frequency of outbreaks. Our dermatologist, Dr. Morgan Rabach, can recommend treatments for HSV-1 or 2 to minimize the pain and unwanted blisters associated with this virus. While there is not a cure, medical management can greatly improve the symptoms and chance of spreading the disease.
If you want to learn more about controlling herpes, contact us at LM Medical NYC. We offer herpes treatment at our clinic in Greenwich Village, so call today to schedule an appointment with expert dermatologist Dr. Morgan.