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Herpes Simplex

Herpes Simplex

The primary symptoms of herpes simplex are burning and stinging. Neuralgia may precede or accompany attacks. The lesions consist of small, grouped vesicles on an erythematous base that can occur anywhere. Most cases occur on the patient’s vermillion lip border, the penile shaft, labia, perianal skin, and the rear end. The regional lymph nodes may be swollen and tender. The lesions usually crust and heal in one week. Immunosuppressed patients may also present with verrucous or nodular herpes lesions at the aforementioned sites of involvement. Herpes simplex lesions must be distinguished from chancroid, syphilis, pyoderma, and trauma. Direct fluorescent antibody slide tests offer a rapid means of diagnosis. The malady can be treated with acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir. Only the first drug is available for intravenous administration. For the initial clinical episode of herpes simplex, the patient is provided with acyclovir (400 mg orally, five times a day), valacyclovir (1000 mg orally twice every day), and famciclovir (250 mg orally three times every day). The duration of treatment is for seven to ten days typically. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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