Herpes Simplex Virus: Diagnosis, Treatment And Outcome

How does dermatologist diagnoses herpes simplex?

During an outbreak, a dermatologist can often diagnose herpes simplex, by the wounds. To confirm that a patient herpes simplex, a skin doctor take a swab of a sore and send the swab in a laboratory. If wounds are not available, other medical tests, such as blood tests can help you find the herpes simplex virus.

How does dermatologist treat herpes simplex?

There is no cure for herpes simplex. The good news is that wounds often clear without treatment. Many people choose to treat herpes simplex, because the treatment can alleviate symptoms and shorten the outbreak. Most people are treated with an anti viral pills. Antiviral cream or ointment may relieve the itching, tingling or burning. An antiviral medication orally (tablets), or intravenous (rotated) can shorten an outbreak of herpes.

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Prescription antiviral medicines for the treatment of both types of herpes simplex are allowed:

    • Acyclovir
    • Famciclovir
    • Valacyclovir

Be taken daily, these medications can reduce the severity and frequency of outbreaks. They can also help infected people to prevent the spread of the virus.


The first (primary) outbreak of herpes simplex is often the worst. Not all first outbreaks are severe, but. Some are so mild that a person does not notice. When the first outbreak of genital herpes is mild and another outbreak happened, years later, the person may mistake it for a first outbreak.

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Some people have an outbreak. For others, the virus becomes active again. If they have another outbreak, it is called a recurrence. These tend to be more common during the first year of infection. Over time, the outbreaks tend become less frequent and milder. This is because the body makes antibodies (Defence) to the virus.

Serious complications rarely occur in healthy people with herpes simplex. They occur most frequently in unborn babies, newborns and people who have a long-term illness or weak immune system. If you have cancer or HIV/AIDS, or organ transplantation, immediately seek medical help if you have signs or symptoms of herpes infection.

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