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Herpes Simplex Virus 1/Herpes Simplex Virus 2
Herpes is subcategorized into two types, herpes type 1 (oral) and herpes type 2 (genital). Each type of herpes is caused by its respective virus: herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) causes a common viral infection known as cold sores or fever blisters. They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips. These blisters are often grouped together in patches. After the blisters break, a crust forms over the resulting sore. Cold sores usually heal in two to four weeks without leaving a scar.
Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) causes Genital herpes, a common sexually transmitted infection that affects men and women. HSV-2 is very common and highly contagious, whether or not you have an open sore.
Herpes simplex virus 1 symptoms pass through several stages including tingling and itching, blisters, and oozing and crusting of blisters. During first-time outbreaks, some people also experience:
- Painful eroded gums
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
Herpes simplex virus 2 symptoms may or may not see any visible signs depending on the infection. Some symptoms could include:
- Pain or itching that begins within two to 10 days after exposure to an infected sexual partner
- Small red bumps or tiny white blisters, which may appear several days later
- Ulcers that form when the blisters rupture and ooze or bleed
- Scabs that form as the ulcers heal
Cold sores generally clear up without treatment in two to four weeks. For genital herpes, several types of prescription antiviral drugs may speed the healing process. Examples include:
- Acyclovir (Xerese, Zovirax)
- Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
- Famciclovir (Famvir)
- Penciclovir (Denavir)
(Mayo Clinic 2015)