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Herpes is a type of infection that is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus or HSV. The virus would affect the anal region, skin in the other parts of the body, as well as external genitalia.
This is a long-term condition and although there are people who might not exhibit symptoms, they might still be carrying the virus without their knowledge.
Some of the symptoms can include a burning sensation while urinating, ulcers, blisters, cold sores, and even vaginal discharge. Despite the fact that there is still no known cure for herpes, there are some home remedies and medications that you can use to control it.
There are two types of the Herpes Simplex Virus: The HSV-1 which is also known as the Oral Herpes and the HSV-2 which is also known as the Genital Herpes. Around 50 percent of the people in the U.S. suffer from HSV-1 while about 16% of people in the U.S. have HSV-2.
If people would have oral sex from someone who has cold sores around their mouth area, the risk of infection is significantly greater.
And, contrary to popular belief, no one can get Herpes just by sitting on a toilet seat.
In most of the cases, people who have the HSV will not exhibit symptoms even after a few months or years. However, there are some instances that the disease would spring up just 4 days after exposure.
People who affected by the virus may often exhibit symptoms which are recurring and each time it reappears, it becomes less and less severe.
The main infection symptoms, usually referring to the HSV-2, may cause symptoms that include:
- High fever
- Red blisters on the skin
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Vaginal discharge
- Itching and burning sensation
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Blisters found on the external genitalia
- Cold sores around the mouth area
When people already had symptoms from primary infections, the recurrent infection symptoms are less severe than the previous ones and will continue to be so in subsequent times. Some recurrent symptoms may include:
- Cold sores around the mouth
- Tingling or burning sensation around the genitals (after which, blisters may appear)
- Red blisters
- Blisters on the cervix (for women)
A person who is infected by the virus may be able to transmit it if they come into contact with other people, especially when they engage in oral or sexual intercourse.
Other ways you can get infected include sharing sex toys, having unprotected sex from someone who is infected, and having oral sex with a person who already has cold sores.
Although there is still no cure for this virus, but some research has been done into the use of stem cell therapy and while it is still in it’s infantile stages, it is slowly becoming a viable option. There are some home remedies and medications that you can take to control its effects.
For home remedies, your choices can include:
- Applying petroleum Jelly to the area of infection
- Taking painkillers such as Ibuprofen
- Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially in the affected area
- Always wash your hands thoroughly
For medications, your doctor might give you some antiviral medications such as acyclovir, which will help keep the infection at bay and will not multiply to a considerable degree.