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Herpes simplex blisters on a patient's ear. Herpes simplex is a common viral infection, characterised by the appearance of small fluid-filled blisters. It is contagious, and is usually spread by direct contact with the blisters or the fluid they contain. This is the HSV1 form of the infection. The two forms of infection are HSV1 and HSV2. HSV1 is usually associated with infections of the lips, mouth and face. HSV2 is linked with infections of the genitals. Herpes simplex is treated with antiviral drugs such as acyclovir. Antibiotic drugs are used if the blisters become infected with bacteria.
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