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Herpes Treatment

Herpes simplex virus causes blisters and sores that can be painful and aesthetically displeasing. This is a contagious disease that appears as cold sores or fever blisters in or around the mouth, or in the genital area. Both herpes simplex 1 and 2 can be spread from person-to-person contact, even when the active sores are not present. While there is not a cure for herpes, treatment is available through MJR Dermatology in the North Atlanta, GA, metro area.

What Causes Herpes?

Like any virus, the herpes virus occurs when these organisms invade the body. The virus can enter through mucus membranes in the mouth or in the genital area when they come in contact with someone with herpes. If you kiss someone with a cold sore or fever blister, or have sexual interactions with someone with genital herpes, you can contract the virus. Once in your system, you can have outbreaks throughout your lifetime, and it can spread to others through close contact.

Herpes Symptoms

Herpes appears as blisters on the skin or mucus membranes. While there is a difference between herpes simplex 1 (cold sores or oral herpes) and herpes simplex 2 (genital herpes), they appear similar, and outbreaks can occur due to certain triggers. Before an outbreak begins, you may notice a tingling or itchy sensation in the area where the sores appear, usually within 24 hours. Herpes first blister, then the sore may ooze fluid and crust over into a scab. Most oral herpes outbreaks last about 10 days, but genital herpes can last between 2-4 weeks. Triggers can include illness (especially with a fever), stress, sun exposure and hormonal changes.

Controlling Herpes

Herpes is a lifelong condition. If you had cold sores as a child, that virus is still in your body and it may emerge at any time. For those with frequent outbreaks, it can be painful and embarrassing. While there is not a cure for herpes, there are ways to control this disease and reduce the risk of outbreaks. At MJR Dermatology, we can offer medications and treatments to improve your herpes symptoms and minimize your flare ups. Call our office in Lawrenceville, GA, to schedule your appointment.

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Matthew J. Reschly, M.D., PC


2000 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Located on the lower Courtyard Level

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