What Really Is Herpes Simplex Virus

Herpes simplex virus

Herpes Simplex Virus is common in the United States, mostly found around the lips and genitals.

Herpes simplex virus, which is also known as HSV, is an infection that causes herpes. Herpes can appear in various parts of the body, most commonly on the genitals or mouth. Fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, tiredness and lack of appetite are some symptoms. There are two types of the herpes simplex virus.

HSV-1: This is known as oral herpes, this type can cause cold sores and fever blisters around the mouth and on the face. This can be caused by eating from the same utensils, sharing lip balm and undoubtedly by kissing
HSV-2: This type is generally responsible for genital herpes outbreaks. Its can be contracted by having sexual contact or intercourse with a person who has HSV-2. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), estimated that around 20 percent of sexually active adults in the United States are infected with HSV-2.

Almost Anyone can get infected with HSV, regardless of age. Your risk is based almost entirely on exposure to the infection. In cases of sexually transmitted HSV, people are more at risk when they participate in risky sexual behavior without the use of protection, such as condoms.

Symptoms of herpes simplex virus typically appear as a blister or as multiple blisters on or around affected areas, which is usually the mouth, genitals, or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender sores. Medication can decrease the pain related to an outbreak and can reduce healing time. They can also minimize the total number of outbreaks. Drugs including Famvir, Zovirax, and Valtrex are among the drugs used to treat the symptoms of herpes. Warm baths may relieve the pain associated with genital sores.




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