Herpes Symptoms

Herpes is a very common infection and knowing herpes symptoms can help to prevent and cure it. The virus responsible for the infection is the herpes simplex virus, also known as HSV. This virus is transmitted from person to person mostly through direct contact, but in some cases it is possible that it will happen indirectly. There are two main types of the virus, the herpes simplex type 1 and type 2. The HSV-1 is the cause of oral herpes while the HSV-2 is the cause of genital herpes.

herpes symptoms

Symptoms of herpes

The first episode of herpes, called primary infection, is always the most severe and it happens after an incubation period of 1-2 weeks. The main symptom of the outbreak is an itching or tingling sensation. After that, you will notice the formation of small ulcers which in time will break open and turn into scabs, until complete healing. The all process can last up to 3 weeks in which it is also possible to experience sore, fever and headaches.

After the primary infection, the virus is going to stay hidden inside nerve cells until some events will trigger its manifestation. Usually, you can experience an outbreak any time your immune system is weakened and it won’t be able to suppress the virus. Triggers can be:

  • stress
  • fatigue
  • illness
  • sun exposure or sunburn

You should know that depending on the person it is possible to experience regular outbreaks without the need of any particular event. This is why it is very important to find a way to strengthen your immune system and avoid constant outbreaks. In time the outbreaks should become less severe and less frequent as the body will get more used to the virus.

Herpes transmission and prevention

The moment when herpes is most contagious is while blister are present and the virus is active. During this time it will be very easy to spread the virus to others. In the case of oral herpes just kissing or speaking too close to an infected person can cause the transmission. For genital herpes, any kind of sexual activity (vaginal, anal or oral) with an infected partner can cause you to get infected. Something that is often not known is that the virus can be transmitted even if there are no symptoms. This means that the infected person may spread it without even knowing he/she has been previously infected.

Herpes transmission can occur also through the exchange of body fluids. This is why I recommend being very careful when handling objects that belongs to others, such as glasses, towels, cutlery, toothbrushes or lipsticks. Also, I strongly suggest always using protection with a new partner. If you happen to touch the blisters with your hands, it is very important you wash them immediately to avoid spreading the virus on other parts of your body.

Herpes Cure

You should know that there is no herpes cure. This is because once you are infected the virus will hide inside nerve cells and it will be impossible to attack and remove. But you don’t have to be worry about it. There are ways to make sure that the virus will stay in a permanently dormant state and never manifest again. The most common make use of antiviral medications which can help to relieve symptoms, avoid the spreading of the virus and heal outbreaks faster.

All kind of over-the-counter medicine, either pills or creams, that doctor will prescribe you are made with the same active ingredients: acyclovir, famciclovir and valacyclovir. What you should know is this kind of medication ease the symptoms but they do not work on the cause of the problem. This means that when the outbreak is over, the virus will still remain active inside your body and manifest all over again at the first occasion.

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