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Welcome to White Pebble Dermatology practice in Columbia, Maryland, and Highland, Maryland! Herpes simplex is a common viral infection that affects the skin and mucous membranes. It can cause painful blisters, sores, and other symptoms that can be uncomfortable and unsightly. In this section, we'll discuss herpes simplex in more detail and explain how our team can help you manage this condition.

What is Herpes Simplex?

Herpes simplex is a viral infection that can affect the skin and mucous membranes. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus, which can be transmitted through close contact with an infected person. Common symptoms of herpes simplex include painful blisters, sores, and itching, which can appear on the mouth, lips, or genitals. Following an initial Herpes Simplex infection, the virus can enter a dormant state within nerve roots and then reactivate when the immune system is weakened, e.g. due to stress, surgery, medications, or cancer.

How is Herpes Simplex diagnosed?

Herpes Simplex is diagnosed clinically by its characteristic appearance. Sometimes, skin biopsy, viral culture, blood test and lesion fluid fluorescence test may be needed to confirm the diagnosis or differentiate different types of Herpes Simplex virus.

Treatment Options

At our dermatology practice, we offer a variety of effective treatment options for herpes simplex, including:

  • Antiviral medications: pills or creams that can help reduce the severity and duration of herpes simplex outbreaks
  • Pain relief medications: over-the-counter or prescription medications that can help relieve pain and discomfort caused by herpes simplex outbreaks
  • Lifestyle changes: avoiding triggers such as stress, sun exposure, and certain foods can help prevent or reduce the frequency of herpes simplex outbreaks

Our team of dermatology specialists will work closely with you to determine the best treatment approach based on the severity and frequency of your herpes simplex outbreaks.


Preventing herpes simplex can be challenging, as it can be transmitted through close contact with an infected person. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of contracting herpes simplex, including:

  • Practicing safe sex: using condoms and other barrier methods can help reduce your risk of contracting herpes simplex
  • Avoiding contact with infected areas: avoiding close contact with an infected person or their herpes simplex lesions can help prevent the spread of the virus
  • Managing stress: stress can trigger herpes simplex outbreaks, so finding healthy ways to manage stress can help prevent outbreaks
  • Take antiviral medications before major surgeries or dental works as a preventative measure for Herpes Simplex.

Why Choose Us?

At our dermatology practice, we understand the impact that herpes simplex can have on your skin and your overall well-being. That's why we are committed to providing compassionate, personalized care to each and every one of our patients. Our team of experienced dermatology specialists has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the best possible care and treatment for herpes simplex.

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Ready to Take the First Step?

If you're struggling with herpes simplex and are ready to take the first step toward healthier, more comfortable skin, we invite you to call/text to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatology specialists. We look forward to helping you achieve your skincare goals and feel confident in your own skin!

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