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There are two types of herpes, both of which have similar signs. The most common sign of herpes is fluid-filled blisters that burn, itch, or tingle. Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1), also known as oral herpes, can affect the mouth, nose, and face. Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2), also known as genital herpes, can affect the genital or anal region.

How Herpes is Transmitted

Signs of HerpesBoth oral and genital herpes are highly contagious and are transmitted through direct contact with the infection. For instance, if you kiss someone who is having an active oral herpes outbreak, the infection can be passed to you. Similarly, if you have vaginal, oral, or anal sex with someone who has an active genital herpes outbreak, you could contract genital herpes.

Signs and Symptoms of Herpes

  • Inflammation of the infected region

  • Blisters or sores

  • An itching, tingling, or burning sensation

  • Flu-like symptoms including headache, sore throat, and fever

Herpes Triggers

  • Weakened immune system

  • Excessive sunlight

  • Stress

  • Hormonal changes including menstruation

  • Certain foods. Pay attention to your outbreaks to determine a correlation between them and certain foods that you may be sensitive to

Herpes Prevention

  • Do not kiss someone who is having a herpes outbreak

  • Limit your sexual partners

  • Always use a condom during intercourse

  • Avoid sharing beverages, food, and eating utensils

Herpes Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for oral or genital herpes, but there are prescription antiviral medications available to help keep you symptom-free for longer.

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of herpes, it is important to find treatment as quickly as possible. FastMed Urgent Care is available every day of the week and is even open late. Call your local FastMed today!

About FastMed

FastMed Urgent Care owns and operates nearly 200 centers in North Carolina, Arizona and Texas that provide a broad range of acute/episodic and preventive healthcare services 365 days a year. FastMed also provides workers’ compensation and other occupational health services at all its centers, and family and sports medicine services at select locations. FastMed has successfully treated more than six million patients and is the only independent urgent care operator in North Carolina, Arizona and Texas to be awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for quality, safety and infection control in ambulatory healthcare. For more information about locations, services, hours of operation, insurance and prices, visit

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