What Are the Symptoms of Herpes Simplex?
The symptoms of HSV-1 or HSV-2 may appear as a blister or as multiple blisters on or around affected areas -- usually the mouth, genitals, or rectum. When the blisters break, they leave tender sores.How Is Herpes Simplex Diagnosed?
Often, the appearance of herpes simplex virus is typical and no testing is needed to confirm the diagnosis. If a health care provider is uncertain, herpes simplex can be diagnosed with lab tests, including DNA -- or PCR -- tests and virus cultures.
How Is Herpes Simplex Treated?
Treatments can relieve the symptoms of herpes, however, there are no known cures at this time. If you have or suspect you have a herpes virus, talk to your doctor about medication that can decrease the pain related to an outbreak and may shorten the healing time. These medicines may also decrease the total number of outbreaks. Temporary relief of an outbreak of genital herpes can be achieved by taking warm baths.