Experiencing cold sores around the mouth is a common condition that is caused by the Herpes simplex virus. At Dermatology Consultants of South Florida, our dedicated team of dermatological experts can properly identify and treat this condition using safe and effective methods.
Serving Coral Springs and surrounding areas in Florida, Dermatology Consultants of South Florida is led by our medical team of experienced dermatologists that can treat a wide range of skin conditions, including Herpes simplex. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out more information about the identification and treatment of this skin condition.
What is Herpes Simplex?
Having cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth are common skin conditions caused by an infection of the HSV-1 virus. This virus can also cause:
- Oral herpes
- Mouth herpes
- Herpes simplex labialis
Another virus, HSV-2, causes most cases of genital herpes, although either virus is capable of causing sores on the face or genitals. Both of these viral infections are contagious but treatable. Your treatment options will be discussed during your consultation.
What are the Symptoms of Herpes Simplex?
This condition often manifests as a small patch of red bumps and blisters, and the affected area may itch. The blisters typically begin to dry up and form crusts within a few days, which gradually fall off and leave fading red bumps that can last for up to a week or more. These blisters may itch, be painful, or filled with fluid. Flu-like symptoms can also occur, especially in those who are contracting the infection for the first time, and in cases of genital herpes there may also be discomfort with urination.
How is Herpes Simplex Treated?
Once this virus is contracted the first time, it continues to live in the body’s nerve tissue and may recur periodically. Herpes simplex is treatable, and our experienced dermatologists at Dermatology Consultants of South Florida can provide multiple treatment options to help you manage your symptoms and maintain your skin.
The best way to determine what your treatment options are is to schedule a consultation with our dermatological team and have your individual condition evaluated and diagnosed. We will create a treatment plan that is specifically tailored to you for the best possible outcome.
Contact Dermatology Consultants of South Florida today to schedule a consultation with our medical team and find out more information about the identification, diagnosis, and treatment options for herpes simplex.