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
10
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Famvir)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

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

(Zovirax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)

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 (4 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea pain 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
easily angry
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Famvir)
Perceived effectiveness
for herpes simplex virus infection (1 evaluation)
Side effects
diarrhea
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
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)

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

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
  • 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 0
20s 29
30s 36
40s 57
50s 32
60s 27
70+ 11

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 42
Female 152

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