Herpes, also known as herpes simplex virus Type 1 (HSV-1), is an infection that can produce cold sores or fever blisters. Type 1 herpes is a common and contagious viral disease. It can be contracted from a parent to their children or infants. Even if it is not apparent or shown, Type 1 herpes can be transmitted through a kiss, a shared eating utensil, or even a shared towel.

Herpes simplex virus Type 2 (HSV-2) is a related virus that can also cause facial herpes, but it most often causes genital herpes. Type 2 of herpes is a more serious form, which is most often received during unprotected or protected sexual intercourse. When an individual is infected with the herpes virus, it will remain in their body indefinitely.

Following a person’s first outbreak, the virus travels through nerve pathways to the central nervous system and stays dormant there. Factors that can trigger an outbreak of new fever blisters include stress, illness, fever, sun exposure, injuries, or surgery. No cure exists for either type of herpes, although Dr. Messina can prescribe topical antiviral creams and oral antiviral therapy as a herpes treatment in Palm Desert, California, that can relieve the burning, itching, and tingling symptoms. He can also provide preventative therapies that include traditional and non-traditional medicines and herbal remedies. Please contact our compassionate team at Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists by calling 760-773-6616, and we can help you set up a consultation with our dermatologist