Herpes in Throat
Herpes in the throat, also known as herpes esophagitis is when herpes simplex virus invades the esophagus.
Herpes esophagitis is a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus.
There are two types of herpes virus HSV-1 and HSV-2:
- HSV-1 is more commonly associated with herpes in the throat. This virus is the same one that causes cold sores and it is generally transmitted by mouth-to-mouth contact, but can also be passed through oral sex. It is also known as oral herpes.
- HSV-2 is the primary cause of genital herpes, but can also cause oral herpes. It is typically passed through vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
Who is at Risk?
People who have weakened immune systems are more at risk to contracting herpes of the throat, they include people who have or have had:
HIV or AIDS
Leukemia or other cancers
An organ transplant
Any illness that compromises your immune system
Any autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
People who abuse alcohol
People who take long-term antibiotics
The primary symptoms of herpes in the throat are:
Open sores in the mouth and throat (herpes labialis)
Other secondary symptoms are:
Not feeling well
Herpes esophagitis is very rare and can be avoided by practicing safe sex. Ways to ensure you are not at risk of spreading or contracting the herpes virus are:
Using a condom
Using dental dams
Always informing your partner if you’re experiencing a herpes outbreak
Refraining from sexual relations while experiencing a herpes outbreak
The herpes virus is most contagious during an outbreak, but can be transmitted when no obvious symptoms are present.
There is no cure for herpes, however you should get treated as fast as possible if you believe you have it.
There are various medications available to help treat esophagitis caused by the herpes virus. The following antibiotics can help:
If you believe you are experiencing a herpes outbreak, contact your doctor or a PlushCare doctor to get tested for herpes, confirm your diagnoses and start proper treatment.
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Read More About Herpes in Throat
Healthline. Herpes Esophagitis. Accessed October 12, 2019 at https://www.healthline.com/health/herpes-esophagitis#treatment
Livestong. 5 Things You Need to Know About Herpes in Throat. Accessed October 12, 2019 at https://www.livestrong.com/article/10964-need-herpes-throat/
Medical News Today. What is Herpes Esophagitis? Accessed October 12, 2019 at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323773.php