Herpes – Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

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HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus) causes Herpes Simplex which is a viral disease.  Herpes is a chronic disease which may be carried by the people for a long time but they might not have faced the symptoms or its severity. Herpes is not a life threatening condition but it causes cold sores or blisters near your genital or on the skin near the mouth or on the skin on any other part of the body.

Herpes Simplex

Herpes may be classified into two categories:

  • Genital Herpes: In Genital Herpes, which is most commonly known as Herpes only, have very minimal symptoms in which the blisters may appear around the genitals which break open and form ulcers. Genital Herpes usually occur less often after years whether or not you get them treated or not. Minimal time of healing is one to three weeks.
  • Oral Herpes: In oral herpes, there may appear small blisters in groups called as cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth or face. They may appear in groups, last a few weeks and may go away on their own. They can pop up in weeks, months or even years.

Many people suffering from HSV tend to get infected more than once by genital herpes, and every time it occurs the intensity is lessened and the frequency of reoccurrence reduces.

There are generally two types of HSV:

  • HSV- Herpes type 1: is responsible for causing infections around the mouth. HSV 1 is usually acquired during childhood.
  • HSV- Herpes type 2: is responsible for causing infections around the genitals.

How do you acquire Herpes?

Herpes is easily spreadable and highly contagious. It may spread from an infected person’s mouth/genitals to another person’s mouth/genitals. It very feasibly transfers during oral, vaginal and anal sex.

Only kissing a person who is infected with oral herpes can make you acquire either type of herpes i.e. either oral or genital. Only skin to skin touch can cause the transfer of the virus.

Herpes is highly contagious in the most literal sense of it. For example, if you touch an infected area and then you touch any other part of your body it may get transferred. It is the most dangerous when the sores are open and wet because fluid from herpes blisters easily spread the virus.

Prevention from Herpes Outbreak

Suppressive therapy, which means medicines like anti-viruses are being prescribed by the doctor in order to prevent it from re occurring and in future to reduce the outbreak chances as well as reducing the possibility of transferring it your partner.

Apart from the medicines, taking care of one’s overall health is highly advisable. Like eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep and avoiding factors that eventually leave you stressed might prevent outbreaks in future to pop up.

There are medicines like HSV Eraser that is purely based on home remedies to reduce the occurrence of HSV virus again and also has absolutely no side effects what so ever after using it.

No one knows for sure what triggers genital herpes outbreaks. Other infections, surgery, sex, your period, skin irritations, and stress may cause outbreaks. Sunburns, injuries to your lips, or other infections can cause oral herpes flare-ups. Try to avoid getting sunburned if you have oral herpes.

It is important to have preventive measures while having sex and other activities. Genital herpes is transferred during having unprotected sex. So it’s better and the most advisable to use condoms as well as dental dams when you have sex helps in lowering your risk of getting an STD.

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