Herpes Simplex 1 - The Facts
What is herpes simplex 1?
Herpes simplex 1; just what is it? What does
it mean to have herpes simplex one? Herpes simplex one is generally
known as herpes of the mouth,fever blisters or cold sores on the
mouth. You may have sores on or in your mouth, around the lips
or the lip area. Herpes simplex one can even cause blisters in
the mouth, on the tongue, or the back of the throat. Herpes
simplex one is contagious and can be spread just like
the other form of herpes.
HSV 1 is the virus that causes oral herpes. Whatever you call
it, the effects are the same. Just like herpes type 2, there is
no known cure.
You should not have oral sex with an outbreak of herpes simplex
one and you should not kiss someone while you have sores.
HSV type one is known by the following symptoms:
- Cold sores
- Fever blisters on the mouth area
- Sometimes found on the genitals from mouth to genital contact
If you have blisters or cold sores from herpes simplex 1, be
careful not to share drinking glasses, Chap Stick or anything
else that will come in contact with your lips and theirs.
If you have herpes simplex one, you will most likely have recurrences
of outbreaks. The virus can lie dormant in your system for a while
but will usually show itself again. The period of time between
recurrences can vary from person to person and even from each
There is no cure, but treatment is available
to help an outbreak heal faster and to prevent pain and discomfort
during a breakout. Over the counter cold sore medication will
not “cure” the herpes virus. If you feel your cold
sores are due to herpes, you should see a doctor immediately.
The best time to diagnose herpes is during an active outbreak.