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Video:Common Symptoms of Herpes

with Dr. Stuart Zweibel

The Herpes Simplex Virus causes several symptoms including blisters. Watch this health video from About.com to learn more about herpes and the associated effects.See Transcript

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Transcript:Common Symptoms of Herpes

Hi, I’m Dr. Stuart Zweibel, I’m a dermatologist, and I’m here for About.com.

Types of Herpes Viruses

There are two kinds of Herpes Simplex viruses. There is Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 Herpes virus infections are very common and are often referred to as fever blisters or cold sores. Herpes Type 2 infections are part of the sexually transmitted disease spectrum and occur in the genital area after intimate contact.

Type 1 Herpes Symptoms

Type 1 Herpes virus infections are very common and usually are preceded by a feeling of tingling 1-2 days prior to the outbreak of tiny little bubbles or vesicles. Once the bubbles or vesicles have crusted over, which typically takes 3-7 days, then you are no longer contagious.

Type 2 Herpes Symptoms

Sexually transmitted Herpes Type 2 infections often take two weeks after exposure to appear. The initial infection can be quite painful or barely noticed at all. Herpes Type 2 infections are often recurrent, and one may experience 2-6 repeat infections over the first year. Fortunately, after that time, the severity and the number of infections naturally decreases.

Medication for Herpes Outbreaks

Oral medication is the most effective treatment for both type of infections, and while it does not cure the infection, it can shorten the duration and severity.The risk of transmitting Herpes Type 2 can be reduced but not altogether prevented by the use of a condom. If you would like to learn more about your health, please visit About.com.

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