- Herpes simplex is one of eight herpes viruses. Simplex causes cold sores on the face, herpetic whitlows on the finger, genital sores – or indeed, sores wherever it enters the body.
- Like chickenpox and shingles which are caused by herpes varicella-zoster, herpes simplex virus hides in a nerve ganglion and can reappear later on.
- The virus is contracted through direct “skin-to-skin contact with friction with the affected part” – not from towels, flannels, toilets, cups, cutlery, etc.
- By adulthood, 9 out of 10 people carry the virus but most of them don’t know it.
- People who carry the virus cannot catch it again, even if they are in direct contact with the virus, so partners will not re-infect each other. Nor can it be spread to new sites on the body.
- Herpes simplex does not damage general health in any way, though it can be a nuisance.
- Immediate relief can be obtained holding a wrapped ice cube – or cold used tea-bag – against the area for 90 minutes or use Xylocaine (at 2%, 5% or 10% strength) which can be bought from a chemist. Lots of advice about how to prevent them is available from our association.
[boxibt style=”success”]Information Courtesy of:
Herpes Viruses Association
Any one can ask questions, get facts and advice from:
020 7609 9061 – the helpline of
the Herpes Viruses Association, a registered charity.
Or send an SAE to:
HVA, 41 North Road,London N7 9DP.
For Further information visit the website