Saturday, January 26, 2013

Herpes Simplex

The answer to yesterday's Diagnostic Image Challenge was #2 Herpes Simplex virus infection.

  The usual mouth Herpes Simplex looks more like this:

Oral Herpes is also called Herpes Labailis or cold sores.  Herpes is a virus that can occur anywhere on the body but usually appears on mucous membranes.  Most people are exposed to the Herpes Virus 1 (hv1) by the time they are 10 years old.  The virus can lay dormant in the body and emerge at times of stress, radiation (sun) exposure, or other illness.   The symptoms can cause malaise, tingling followed by pain, swollen lymph glands and generally last about 10 days. Antiviral medications like acyclovir and valtrex are very effective for prevention and for shortening the time of an outbreak.

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