All of these conditions are one and the same. They are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus, which can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact. Herpes can develop above or below the waist. It is caused by a virus which lives within the nerves under the skin. As a result of heat, stress or being run down, the virus migrates to the surface of the skin and causes blisters, tingling, and usually pain or discomfort in the area.
The Herpetic lesions usually develop on the lips, the genital area, or the buttocks but appear anywhere on the skin or mucous membranes. Usually the first outbreak is the most severe. Subsequent outbreaks tend to recur at or near the site of the initial outbreak. The Herpes virus lives within the nerves for an individual’s lifetime. There is no cure for Herpes, but there is treatment, which can alleviate and/or reduce outbreaks and symptoms. Keeping the infected area cool, as well as dry, is helpful. Ice packs and Calamine lotion applied to the area tend to move the virus away from the skin back into the nerve roots.
The yearly outbreaks of this virus vary significantly from individual to individual depending on whether or not somebody gets frequent fevers, is exposed to a lot of hot sun, is under unusual stress, or is debilitated in any way. Prescription oral antiviral medications are very effective in reducing the severity and frequency of outbreaks.
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