Herpes Symptoms, Prevention and Cures

Author: Gene Medame

What is Herpes?

Herpes is an sexually transmitted infectious disease caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). It causes painful infection in human beings such as watery blisters on the lips, mouth or on the genitals. The main residential sites for HSV are semen, vaginal fluids, shredded skin in the pelvic area and saliva and the contamination generally occurs through sexual contact with herpes infected person, therefore the best way to keep away from herpes is to avoid sexual contact with the diseased person. Women are more prone to Herpes as compared to men. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is of two types – HSV-1 and HSV-2.

What is HSV-1 and HSV-2?

· HSV-1 or Herpes Type-I impinge on the skin and mucous membranes, it causes cold sores or fever blisters and is transmitted by oral and respiratory secretions. It is also referred to as oral herpes.

· HSV-2 on the other hand affects the private areas and can result in painful genital ulcers. HSV-2 is transmittable through all kinds of sexual contacts (anal sex, oral sex, vaginal sex, and kissing). HSV-2 is also commonly referred to as genital herpes.

What are herpes symptoms?

Herpes can be inactive or silent and may outbreak without any prior herpes sign symptoms. So, people often remain uninformed of being infected. However some noticeable early herpes symptom includes pain during urination, burning, itching, tingling or tenderness. These warning symptoms can help you identify whether or not you are suffering from herpes. Some people who suffer from HSV-2 often experience mild herpes symptoms incase of silent herpes which may be apparent after a week or so.

Herpes Oral Symptoms
Herpes oral symptoms are usually not apparent in most of the cases, but oral painful infections which may cause burning, or itching may be the early herpes symptoms of oral herpes. Some of the common herpes oral symptoms are:

· Fever
· Headache
· Muscle ache
· Swollen glands
· Flu-like symptoms
· Lower back pain
· Fever and swollen glands
· Outbreaks of blisters
Genital Herpes Symptoms
Genital herpes sign symptoms become noticeable within 2-10 days after the virus is transmitted. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. These blisters break leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take two to four weeks to heal the first time they occur. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or months after the first, but it almost always is less severe and shorter than the first outbreak. The infection may stay in the body indefinitely, but the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years. If you notice a herpes outbreak symptom, you must take medical help. Some of the common genital herpes symptoms are:
· Genital infections
· Painful ulcers in genital area
· Pain when urinating
· Small red bumps in genital area
· Suppressed immune systems
· Burning sensation in the genitals
· Painful urination or vaginal discharge
· Urinary tract infections
· Abrasions or razor burns
· Ingrown hair follicles

Prevention of Herpes
Herpes cannot be cured but definitely can be prevented with diligence and care, and regular herpes treatment can help to keep a check on herpes outbreak symptom that can further lessen the transmission. Herpes can be easily diagnosed with a blood test, microscopic testing of tissue scrapings, viral cell culture test, immune response test.

To put a stop to the transmission of HSV:
· Normal persons should practice monogamous sex
· Use latex condoms and practice safe and healthy sex
· Practice daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes
· Visit a local STD clinic or hospital to seek proper medical aid

Herpes Symptoms & Treatment

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