Herpes on the lips (herpes simplex). Information for patients

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Herpes simplex is a common viral infection that affects the skin and mucous membranes. One of the most common areas for herpes simplex to occur is on the lips, a condition known as herpes labialis or “cold sores.” Here is some information for patients about herpes on the lips:
Symptoms: Herpes on the lips typically begins with a tingling or itching sensation, followed by the appearance of small blisters on the skin. These blisters may be painful and can eventually burst, leaving open sores that can take several weeks to heal.
Causes: Herpes simplex is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV, and either can cause herpes on the lips. HSV-1 is the most common cause of herpes labialis, while HSV-2 is more commonly associated with genital herpes.
Transmission: Herpes simplex is highly contagious and can be spread through direct contact with an infected person’s skin or through contact with their saliva. It is important to practice good hygiene and avoid sharing items such as towels or lip balm with someone who has herpes on their lips.
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Treatment: There is no cure for herpes simplex, but antiviral medications can help reduce the severity and duration of outbreaks. It is important to start taking the medication as soon as possible after the first signs of an outbreak appear. In addition, applying lip balm or cream and avoiding picking at the blisters can help speed up the healing process.
Prevention: It is not always possible to prevent herpes on the lips, but there are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of infection. These include avoiding close contact with people who have cold sores, not sharing personal items such as towels or lip balm, and avoiding touching your lips if you have cold sores.
If you think you may have herpes on your lips, it is important to see a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment. With proper care, you can manage herpes on the lips and reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others.


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