The obvious distinction between oral herpes and genital herpes is where on the body their respective symptoms occur. Oral herpes refer to the herpes virus that manifests as blisters or cold sores on or around the lips. Genital herpes refers to the herpes virus that manifests as blisters or cold sores in or around the genital area. It used to believe that separate herpes simplex viruses caused each form of herpes, HSV1 causing oral herpes and HSV2 causing genital herpes. Research now shows that HSV1, which was thought to cause only oral herpes, can also cause genital herpes.
Oral herpes, or the symptoms off oral herpes, are very similar to genital herpes. Oral herpes will start as a tingly area on or around the lips. Genital herpes starts as a tingling or burning sensation on or around the genitals. In both cases, the sensitive area develops a reddish bump which eventually grows into a blister like sore. In the case of oral herpes, there may be only one or two sores, close together. Cases of genital herpes (particularly genital herpes caused by the HSV2 virus) can result in many more blisters, which can be spread out in a much wider area.
Because the skin is more sensitive in the genital area, some non-prescription products may burn on application or irritate the skin. Natural products, such as Lip Clear Lysine+ will not burn and can provide relief and support healing, however, there is no OTC product approved for such usage. Lysine tablets may also be effective for preventing outbreaks or reducing the duration of outbreaks.
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