The first time I went to the doctor with my lips all covered with blisters and vesicles the only thing I have on my mind was “what is herpes and how to get rid herpes?” I immediately asked to the doctor if there was a definitive cure for herpes and this is what he answered to me: “Unfortunately dear, there is not a definitive cure for the herpes virus, because it infect neurons and hide in the ganglion system. This means that no drug can effectively remove it. You have to leave with it.”
Not everyone will tell you that a lot of viruses, even the dangerous ones, can be put in a stage where they are completely dormant and be completely harmless to the infected person. The first thing to know to make sure herpes will not recur is to understand what is herpes, how it develops, which are the causes, the symptoms and what types of herpes exists.
The herpes virus presents as blisters or vesicles on the skin. It is considered a highly contagious infection and in some cases a very painful one. The virus can be transmitted through direct or indirect contact. In the majority of the cases the virus is transmitted through sexual activities, kisses or just touching someone else. However, it is possible to get infected through toothbrushes, towels, glasses, napkins, lipsticks, cutlery or any object that may have been in contact with an infected person.
Before I can talk you about the cure for the herpes it is very important to understand what kind of herpes exists. There are diverse type of herpes but the most common are:
Herpes labialis – this type is caused by the herpes simplex virus and causes the formation of vesicles on the lips and in some cases on the nose, nares, mouth or around the lips. This small fluid-filled sacs causes itchiness, pain and a strong inflammation of the area infected.
Genital herpes – genital herpes is caused from an infection of the herpes simplex virus and can affect area such as genitals, glutei, anus and in some cases (after oral sex for example) mouth and lips. The symptoms are the same as for herpes labialis: small fluid-filled sacs which cause itchiness and pain on the area affected.
Herpes zoster – commonly know as shingles, this kind of herpes virus is the same behind chickenpox infections. The herpes zoster causes the formation of a high quantity of blisters on the back or chest, sometimes on the neck and hips. This skin rash often comes with fever, headaches and general pain.
The herpes virus tends to manifest during period of intense stress or when our immune system is weaker. When you get infected it is very important not to touch the infected areas, until the blisters start forming a crust and a scab will appear. Only after that the risk of transmission will be much lower.