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What are herpes simplex infections?

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) can cause infections that affect the mouth, the face, the genitals, the skin, the buttocks, and the anal area. This article will concentrate on non-genital herpes. Many people acquire the virus and have no symptoms. For others, painful blisters appear near the area where the virus entered the body. Typically, the blisters heal completely but reappear at some point in the future when least expected (or desired). In between attacks, the virus resides deep in the roots of the nerves that supply the involved area. When herpes simplex lesions appear in their most common location, around the mouth and lips, people often refer to them as "cold sores" and "fever blisters."

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Comment from: soremouth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I was given a high blood pressure medicine that contained trace amounts of sulfa which I did not know. I am terribly allergic to sulfa. I have suffered from herpes on my lips throughout my life but never terrible and only once in a while. But I took this medicine for 7 days; stupid of me not to equate it with my lips suddenly being covered in sores. Well, I have had the entire inside of my mouth, gums and cheeks with open gooey herpes sores for a year and 3 weeks. I have been taking acyclovir for 3 months with no change. I absolutely cannot take this pain much longer. I've tried everything. Evidently the sulfa triggered an allergic reaction that made my herpes go crazy. I take a sleeping pill as early as is possible so I can get out of this pain. Lidocaine or Anbesol is my only relief.

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Comment from: ColdsoresBeGone, 25-34 (Patient) Published: January 08

I have gotten cold sores as long as I can remember. Lately, they have evolved to breaking out on my skin, not touching my lips at all. I have tried ice, Abreva and every other over the counter drug available in Canada, with no avail. I actually think Abreva makes it worse. Ice does nothing for me - the outbreak moves to a spot that isn't frozen, and ultimately I think it makes it worse in the end too. I have no family doctor, and no health insurance, so I'm really hoping I get a good walk in clinic doctor that can prescribe me Valtrex, and that I can afford it. I've heard really good things about it!

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