Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, spread through physical contact and affecting one in six Americans. Herpes can appear anywhere on the skin but usually affects the lips and genital area. As with all sexually transmitted diseases, prompt and accurate diagnosis is an essential part of effective care. At our New York practice, skin care for surface symptoms of herpes is incorporated as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
If you’d like to learn more about herpes skin care treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the health that you deserve.
Herpes Simplex is a common viral infection. Herpes is generally categorized into two types: herpes type 1 (HSV-1, or oral herpes) and herpes type 2 (HSV-s, or genital herpes). Most commonly, herpes type 1 causes sores around the mouth and lips. Generally herpes type 2 causes sores around the genitals or rectum.
Herpes can be transmitted through oral secretions or sores on the skin. In general, herpes type 2 is spread through sexual contact. Both herpes type 1 and 2 can spread even when the sores are not present. Herpes outbreaks can be brought on by stress, fatigue, general illness, immunosuppression, sun exposure or surgery.
When an individual’s immune system is lowered, herpes outbreaks may more commonly occur. A blood test or culture can be used to diagnose herpes, which the untrained eye often confuses with other skin conditions. If you have or suspect you may have herpes, it’s important to get tested in order to receive proper treatment and take the right precautions with any future sexual partners.
If there is an outbreak, a viral culture or swab of the affected area may be obtained and evaluated in the laboratory. Blood tests can also be helpful in identifying past exposure. Treatment can consist of various antiviral ointments and pills, or a combination of the two. Prescription medications can both prevent the occurrence of the disease or shorten the duration of the outbreak of the infection. Medications may include Valtrex, Zovirax, and Famvir. If outbreaks are frequent, Dr. Green may prescribe medications to take regularly to prevent these flares from occurring.
If you’re concerned that you may have herpes, there’s a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether Dr. Green’s combination approach toward herpes treatment may be right for you.