An eruption of the skin, taking various names, according to its form, or the part affected, caused by a herpesvirus infection; especially, an eruption of vesicles in small distinct clusters, accompanied with itching or tingling, including shingles, ringworm, and the like; -- so called from its tendency to creep or spread from one part of the skin to another.
herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and there are two types: Type 1 is commonly found in the form of cold sores on the mouth, where as Type 2 is usually found on the genitals. Treatments are available to manage, but not cure, the condition.
Genital herpes is a recurrent skin condition that can cause skin irritations in the genital region (anus, vagina, penis). Read our focus on genital herpes to learn more about the signs of herpes infection and herpes treatment options.
a viral infection that causes blisters on the skin or mucus membranes