Herpes Infections


 

What is a herpes infection?

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a common, chronic viral infection that usually causes skin blisters or sores on the mouth, or genitals.

Varicella Zoster virus is a different virus than HSV, but it also causes a painful rash. Upon infection, it causes chicken pox and, if reactivated later in life, shingles or zoster.

Why treat herpes?

Often, herpes infections are painful and itchy. Treatment of an outbreak early in its course leads to the best outcome.

How is herpes treated at DTLA Derm?

Our board-certified dermatologists will perform an evaluation and, if needed, a skin biopsy or culture to diagnose your condition. We will discuss treatment options, including newly FDA-approved vaccines, prescribe medications, provide wound care instructions, and go over methods to prevent recurrence.

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