Herpes on the lips (herpes simplex). Information for patients

what is herpes?
Herpes simplex, also known as a cold on the lips or herpes on the lip, is a common viral infection.
This disease manifests itself in the form of tiny, fluid-filled bubbles on the red border of the lips and nearby skin.
These bubbles are usually grouped, and the lesion is in diameter from a few millimeters to 2-3 centimeters.


After all the bubbles burst, a crust forms in their place. A few days before the appearance of bubbles, and throughout the time of rashes – herpes simplex causes local pain.
Herpes on the lips completely disappears within two to four weeks, leaving no scars.
Herpes is transmitted from person to person through close contacts, such as kissing.

Usually, herpes of the lips (oral) is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), but it can be caused by genital herpes (herpes simplex virus type II, HSV-2).
Both types of these viruses can affect both the mouth and genital areas and can be spread through oral sex.


Herpes is contagious even when there are no obvious rashes on the skin.

There is no radical cure for HSV infection, episodes of painful blisters come back again and again.
Antiviral drugs can shorten the time of an attack and slightly reduce the frequency of relapses.