Herpes simplex virus infection

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What is herpes simplex virus infection?

Herpes simplex is a virus that is categorized by location. Non-oral and non-genital herpes include disorders such as herpetic whitlow (fingers), herpes gladiatorum (face, ears), ocular herpes (eyes), cerebral herpes infection encephalitis, Mollaret's meningitis, neonatal herpes.

Common symptoms reported by people with herpes simplex virus infection

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with herpes simplex virus infection

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Infusion)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Leg brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)

Data from patients with herpes simplex virus infection, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with herpes simplex virus infection

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for herpes simplex virus infection (10 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea pain 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidocaine Infusion)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Leg brace)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with herpes simplex virus infection, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has herpes simplex virus infection on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 15
30s 33
40s 47
50s 31
60s 22
70+ 6
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 21
20-29 years 23
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 6
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 30
Female 126

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 72
Not Diagnosed 8

These charts show data from HSV patients who have completed their condition history
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