Nasal Herpes

nose herpesNasal Herpes is a viral infection that affects the skin and mucous membrane inside and around the nose. The cause of this infection is the herpes simplex virus type 1, which is the cause of herpes labialis and sometimes genital herpes. Normally, herpes manifests on the lips or around them, but in some cases it can spread on the nose or inside it. This type of herpes is not only very unpleasant to look at but is also very annoying, particularly when the outbreak is inside the nose.

Nose herpes symptoms

As for herpes labialis, the first symptom of nose herpes is a tingling sensation, which can be sometimes painful. This sensation becomes very irritating if the outbreak moves inside the nose. Usually 24 hours after the infection is already possible to notice the first blisters. In only few days the nose can be covered with them and you may feel a lot of discomfort and pain in the area. At the beginning, the virus will manifest with fluid-filled blister which are going to break open in few days. Crusts will replace the blisters and in few weeks the skin is going to look healed again.

There are two different possible outbreak of nasal herpes:

Primary outbreaks manifests two to twenty days after the transmission. Usually, the blisters are going to last around seven to ten days. After this period, there will not be any sign or scar, but the virus will still remain dormant inside the body ready to form again.

Recurrent outbreaks happen 60% of the times in case of a herpes infection on the nose. This means that after the first outbreak, you will have to deal with many others in the future. The frequency of the outbreaks will depends on the situation but they can go from once a year to once a month.

Cure and treatments for nasal herpes

Usually doctors do not recommend local treatments for nose herpes, especially when the outbreak is inside the nose. The reason is that it is quite difficult to apply the cream in this area. This is why doctors in case of nasal herpes prescribe medication to be taken orally. The prescription is to take the medicine regularly for weeks to make it effective. You should know that in the cure of herpes the use of antibiotics is of no use because the herpes simplex is a virus and not a bacterium. During the treatment I suggest you to not to use nose earrings of any kind. Also, I strongly suggest to take vitamin and mineral supplements to stronger your immune system. That will help you to lessen the strength and the frequency of the outbreaks. The consumption of Vitamin C is very recommended in this cases for its capacity to fight infections.

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