Herpes is a common disease. Around the lips, its called "cold sores". Other places of infection may include the perineum, anus, penis, vagine, or eyes. These are not the only sites of infection as infection can occur almost anywhere on the body. Outbreaks can occur as a result of stress, sickness, or sunlight. sometimes, certain foods can induce an outbreak. An outbreak starts out with redness, or burning in the infected area. This is followed in about a day with read, painful, grape-like clusters of fluid filled blisters.They scab over within 3 weeks, and the scars heal in time. This does not mean the the virus is gone, it stays in your body until another outbreak.
Herpes can be treated, but not cured. Acyclovir (ACV), applied topically at the first sign of an outbreak, helps to lessen the severity of symptoms. Warm sitz baths with soap and water or epsom salts, with a hot compress on the rash area several times a day and aspirin are some non-prescription treatments.