El herpes simplex It is a viral-type inflammatory infectious disease, characterized by the appearance of skin lesions formed by small vesicles grouped in a cluster and surrounded by a red ring.
It is caused by the herpes simplex virus, or herpes hominis virus, type I (HSV-1) that affects the face, lips, mouth and upper body, and type II (HSV-2) that occurs more frequently in the genitals. and lower body. There is currently no definitive cure for herpes.
However, there are several forms of treatment available to reduce symptoms and speed up the healing process of the lesions, after which the virus will persist latently in the body until the reappearance of the next active episode. The types of herpes simplex must be distinguished from herpes zoster, which is a totally different nosological entity.