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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is herpes simplex?

Painful blisters due to infection by the herpes simplex virus. This condition can occur on the lips (cold sores) or groin (genital herpes). After the first bout of infection, the virus lies dormant in the body. If the immune system is weakened e.g. due to lack of sleep, the virus can reactivate.

Symptoms related to herpes simplex

  • Skin abnormality

  • Blisters

  • History of herpes

  • Blisters in my lips or mouth

  • Facial pain

  • Small, painful blisters

  • Mental stress or physical exhaustion

  • Decreased urine volume with painful urination

Questions your doctor may ask to check for herpes simplex

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose herpes simplex

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have blisters on your skin?

  • Have you had herpes (oral or genital) or herpes related disease?

  • Do you have many sores on your lips or in the inside of your mouth?

  • Do you have pain in the face?

Treatment for herpes simplex

There is no cure for this condition, but it often clears without treatment. The doctor may prescribe creams or pills to speed up healing.

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  • Abnormal skin

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