Cold sores (fiever blisters) and genital herpes are diseases caused by herpes simplex viruses, however by two different viruses in the herpes simplex group. They appear as painful groupings of blisters on the lips and genital areas. Transmission happens through direct contact (kissing, sexual intercourse).
There are two types of the herpes simplex virus (HSV), HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is also known as oral herpes and can cause fever blisters and cold sores on the face and around the mouth. HSV-2 is responsible generally for outbreaks of genital herpes. The genital form affects the anal area, buttocks and the genitals. This form is considered as a sexually transmitted illness. There are other forms of herpes that can attack the skin, eyes or other areas of the body. Newborn babies and people with fragile immune system can suffer a lot from the virus of herpes simplex.
Infection results from direct contact, such as touching, kissing, and sexual intercourse. The disease appears as a painful grouping of blisters on the lips, in the mouth, or in the case of genital herpes, on the genitals and is very infectious. Over 95% of people are carriers of herpes simplex virus type 1 (cold sores), but only 20% have type 2 (genital herpes). Once infected, herpes simplex virus type 1 remains in the body and can cause new cold sores during periods of fever, stress, infection, exposure to the sun, injury, or during menstruation.
The disease usually is autolimited without serious harm, but for people with weakened immune systems it can lead to complications. Contact with someone during their pregnancy requires caution, as a herpes infection during pregnancy can have serious consequences for the child. Treatment is usually local and involves the use of creams with antiviral ingredients. To prevent the spread of the disease, abstain from kissing and sexual intercourse during an outbreak of cold sores or genital herpes.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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