Herpes type 1 and 2 share many of the same characteristics, however, herpes type 2 is mainly transmitted through sexual contact. In addition, herpes type 2 is generally associated with the formation of sores below the waistline.
Herpes type 2 is normally contracted through sexual intercourse and can be transmitted to either gender. To reduce the risk of contracting the virus, a latex condom should be used during sexual intercourse.
A herpes type 2 outbreak consist of blisters forming and spreading around the genitals region, rectum, and even around the lower part of the waistline. At times, the blisters may become itchy and split open and emit fluids that cause additional irritation. The fluid that is emitted carries the herpes virus, which leads to the easy transfer of the virus.
Currently there is no cure for herpes type 1 or 2, but there are ways to lessen the physical outbreaks. Individuals that experience multiple outbreaks can take antiviral medications that can help halt the blisters and sores.
When the immune system weakens, there is an increased likelihood of herpes type 2 forming. To decrease the appearance of sores, our dermatologists will prescribe antiviral medications such as acyclovir, famciclover and valacyclovir, to help strengthen the weakened immune system. These medications will also work as a preventative from future outbreaks.
Call our office today to set up an appointment with The Dermatology Specialists. We will discuss any specific problems that you are having and will decide a plan of action and treatment plan that is best for you, depending on the severity of issues that you are having.