Oral or genital herpes results in painful blisters and sores covering certain spots or quite large areas of the body. It’s a transmitted disease that spreads quickly. Is it that serious and what should be done to get rid of it?
HSV-1 And HSV-2
That’s a generally accepted way to differentiate between two typical types of herpes. HSV-1 stands for oral herpes (sores on your mouth) and HSV-2 stands for genital herpes.
Why Do I Have Herpes?
It’s mainly a contagious disease caused by HSV – Herpes Simplex Virus. So, it usually appears when you get direct contact with an infected person. What is understood as direct contact? Check this out:
- Sharing utensils, towels and make-up;
- Sexual activity.
Remember, that you can get the sores from asymptomatic persons – they are prone to the disease even if they don’t have visible symptoms.
Who is at risk?
Anyone regardless of gender and age. It depends on your way of life and behavior. Here’s the list of possible causes:
- Sex with multiple partners with no protection (like condoms);
- Being a woman (unfortunately, they are more prone to it);
- A weak immune system;
- Getting a virus from your mother at birth (that’s one of the worst causes, because this way a newborn child can get two types of HSV at a time and provoke complications).
Let’s review the most common visible and invisible symptoms associated with HSV:
- Painful sores in blisters;
- Urination pains and feeling of discomfort in the genital area;
- Itchy feeling;
- Swollen lymph nodes;
Herpes can be diagnosed in two ways: physically (checking your skin for visible sores) and through HSB medical testing (usually used for genital herpes). There are also blood tests carried out to find antibodies. It’s extremely helpful when the sores are not visible yet.
The sad news is that HSV can be treated completely. All medications help to reduce the outbreaks and quickly get rid of the sores. You can use no medication to get rid of them – they’ll disappear anyway – but it’ll speed up your recovery. The doctors usually prescribe famciclovir, valacyclovir or acyclovir. They can be pills or cream and help to make the disease less intense and reduce risks of spreading.
Some doctors prescribe injections if people suffer from hard outbreaks.
No Permanent Treatment?
If you get HSV you get it for your whole life. With no visible symptoms an infected person is going to keep the virus in his or her nerve cells. The virus stays dormant if your immune system is stable and you don’t experience health problems. But there are certain triggers that make HSV wake up. They are:
- Severe stress;
- Flu and Fever;
When being infected for the first time, it feels rather painful. As the time goes, your body gets used to it. Some doctors say that in process of time our bodies get more reluctant to HSV. Every outbreak makes our bodies create new antibodies to protect themselves. The good thing is that herpes doesn’t have complications.
If it’s impossible to get rid of herpes completely, get it under control and take some preventive measures:
- If you’re through oral herpes, make sure you have no direct contact with other people – get your personal utensils, make-up and towels. No oral sex and kissing. Wash your sores each time you touch the sores.
- If you’re through genital herpes, avoid sexual activity. If your physician has diagnosed HSV, don’t forget to use condoms even if you don’t have visible symptoms.
- If you’re a pregnant woman with herpes you can take special pills not to infect your unborn child.