Herpes or Genital Herpes is a common infection among sexually active persons. This is primarily caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) which causes excruciating blisters on the genital area and its surrounding. Like any infection caused by sexual activities, Herpes is referred to as among the Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). HSV can easily have an effect on any moisture lining including inside the person’s mouth. One should keep in mind, that this infection is chronic which means it is a long-term infection.
Again, this is caused by the HSV which is very contagious and can directly spread from one person to the other through physical contact including sexual activities. This infection is generally caused by the two types of HSV which are Type 1 and Type 2 respectively.
Signs and Symptoms :
For many experiencing the virus of Herpes, they don’t have any visible symptoms. That’s why many have no idea they have such infection inside their body. Signs and symptoms of HSV don’t usually appear until several months or for some even years after being exposed to the virus. Among the symptoms of HSV for first time patients are the following:
- Little red blisters
- Open sores surrounding the genital area
- Blisters and ulcers on the cervix
- Pain and discomfort while urinating
- A general feeling of body pain and fatigue
- Flu-like symptoms
For a recurring infection, symptoms include:
- Burning feeling around the genital area
- Painful, red blisters around the genital area, rectum, thighs and legs
- Blisters surrounding the cervix
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Herpes can be tested to find the HSV in a person’s body. The tests done for Herpes are mostly on sores seen on the genital area. However, other types of samples can also be used for testing your positivity with the infection including blood samples, spinal fluid, urine and even tears. Here are some of the various tests that can be done on an HSV patient:
- Herpes Viral Culture – This test collects cells or fluids from the sore using cotton swab and put in a culture cup. If viruses are present, you are positive with the infection.
- Herpes Virus Antigen Detection Test – This test scrapes cells from the sore and smeared to look for antigens with the help of a microscope. If antigens are present on the surface of the cells, you are infected with the HSV.
- Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test – This test looks for the DNA of the HSV through blood samples, fluids from the sore and spinal fluid. This test allows doctors to identify which type of Herpes infection is present in your body.
Herpes can only be diagnosed easily and successfully when the HSV is still active. It is advised to seek medical tests and checkups when you suspect yourself from having the symptoms of HSV. You should seek a Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) specialist to have yourself scheduled for an initial diagnosis. If you have no GUM specialists, find a doctor that is familiar with this kind of infection.
The Herpes infection can cause too much damage on people with weak immune system which can sometimes affect the eyes and the brain. For persons experiencing cold sores, it can be resolved for about two weeks, but it can still return causing more symptoms in the same body parts.
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To avoid getting Herpes, avoid having sex with a partner that you know is not Herpes-free. Be upfront with your partner and ask about STIs, they might not know that they are infected with HSV.
- If you know you have Herpes, never have sex with anyone. You don’t want to spread the infection to other people.
- Always use condoms if having sexual activities can’t be avoided.
- Never get into oral sex if you know your partner have cold sores.
- Never have multiple sex partners.
In addition, you can also take preventive medicines to help in lowering the virus and eventually prevent the spread of the HSV.
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Is Herpes Contagious?
Yes, persons diagnosed with Herpes are very contagious. If one person is diagnosed with this infection, avoid any sexual contact especially when cold sores in the mouth and sores in the genital area are present.
Types of Herpes can be identified as the Type 1 (HSV 1) and Type 2 (HSV 2). You should know that the two types of Herpes viruses can cause cold sores and chickenpox which can lead to an eye condition called the Herpetic Eye Disease.
The sores and blisters caused by the HSV can be infected with greater amounts of other bacteria if your Herpes is not properly treated. If left untreated, it can certainly spread to other body parts such as the moth, lips, hands and fingers. There are also instances when the virus is too much, that the immune system cannot take it anymore and spread the virus to vital areas such as the brain, eyes and lungs. For pregnant women diagnosed with Herpes, it can also cause difficulty during pregnancy and can transfer the virus to the child.
Home Remedies :
In order to help decrease the pain and discomfort when you have Herpes, follow the simple home remedies below:
- Wash the affected area with warm water three or four times a day.
- Always keep the sores dry and clean every after taking a warm bath
- You may also use a blower or hair dryer to aid in drying the wet sores instead of using a towel
- Always wear cotton underwear to absorb the moisture compared to other synthetic clothing material
When treating for Herpes infection, it will always depend if you are a first time patient or a recurring one. If you are a first time victim, seek for medical attention and they will prescribe you with antiviral medicines. These medicines will aid in preventing the virus to multiply and spread to your body.
However, if you are a recurring patient of Herpes immediately go to your doctor and they will prescribe you higher rates of medicine and advise you to take some home remedies to help decrease the pain and discomfort.