All You Need To Know About Herpes Simplex Virus

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Whenever there’s an important event coming up or any occasion that we’ve waited for for a while, either a pimple or an infection pops up on our skin. It get s difficult to understand how to prevent it or deal with it when we are short of time. Similarly, apart from acne, there are other skin infections that can disturb us big time and also, can upset our image too. One of those infections has to be Herpes Simplex Virus. HSV is an irritating skin condition that seems more like cold sores but is way too dangerous. Do you want to know more about prevention and treatments? KEEP READING!

Important Facts About Herpes Virus:

  • The herpes simplex virus is divided into 2 categories: The first one is herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and the second one is herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
  • HSV-1 is transmitted through oral contact which looks like cold sores but can also cause genital herpes.
  • Whereas, HSV-2 is a sexually transmitted infection.
  • Both types of herpes infections are lifelong and can not be cured.
  • Most of the people having these two types of herpes are asymptomatic.

What Is Herpes Simplex Virus?

The herpes simplex virus is an infection that causes herpes which appears in various parts of our body. It most commonly is found on the genitals or mouth.

There Are Two Types Of The Herpes:

  • Herpes Simplex Virus 1: It happens around the lip areas and is generally responsible for cold sores and fever blisters.
  • Herpes Simplex Virus 2: This happens around the genitals.

What Are The Causes Of This Virus?

The herpes simplex virus is contagious and can be transmitted from one person to another if they are in direct contact. There are very strong chances that children can often contract HSV-1 from an early age if in contact with an infected adult. The virus stays with them for the rest of their lives.

The Symptoms Of Herpes Simplex

It is very important to know that some people that have herpes virus do not have any visible symptoms and still be infected by the virus and can also transmit it.

Here are some of the symptoms associated with this virus include:

  • Blistering Sores
  • Pain In Urination
  • Excessive Itching
  • Fever
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Lack Of Appetite

It is said that HSV can also spread to our eyes and that condition is called herpes keratitis.

The Diagnosis

Herpes Simplex Virus is usually diagnosed through a physical exam. Doctors check your body for sores and examine your symptoms. Moreover, it is recommended by the doctor to get the HSV testing done. During this test, the doctor will take a swab sample of fluid from the sore and then send it to a laboratory for extensive testing.
For the situations when there are no apparent symptoms, blood tests for antibodies to HSV-1 and HSV-2 can also help diagnose it.

Can We Treat This Virus?

Currently, there is no cure for Herpes Simplex, the only way to deal with it is to look for treatments that will focus on getting rid of sores and limit the outbreaks.

It might be a possibility that the treatments do help to limit this virus, however, depending upon your situation, It is possible that your doctor will recommend you more high dose medications.

Those medications will help you to deal with your infection and will reduce the risk of transmitting it to others.

Be Careful About The Following Things

During A Flare-Up Of Herpes Simplex Virus:

  • One should avoid to touch or scratch the skin around that area. If you scratch the infected area and touch other parts of your body, they might get infected too.
  • Do not kiss infants or do not let your baby get kissed by any adult who has a cold sore.
  • The glasses an infected person drinks in, the utensils and towels they use should be kept and washed separately.
  • Avoid any physical interaction unless the sores are completely healed.

How To Find The Right Doctor

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Javeria Adil Chughtai

Javeria Adil Chughtai

A journalist and a medical researcher by profession, badminton player and photographer by passion. You can call me an artist but No, I can't draw you! 😀

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