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Herpes is caused by a virus and is classified as an STD, which means it is a sexually transmitted disease. The virus responsible for a herpes outbreak is called herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV; Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV1) and Herpes Simplex 2 (HSV2).
HSV1 or mouth herpes typically appear around the mouth or in the form of cold sores or fever blisters. while an infection from HSV2 or genital herpes is more virulent and typically shows up on or around the genitals. However, it's important to note that the location of an outbreak doesn't necessarily indicate the type because both hsv1 and hsv2 blisters can be found in either location. A person can be infected with both strains and being infected by one, in no way, makes you immune from the other. .
What triggers a herpes outbreak?
Stress is another big herpes outbreak trigger. Managing stress is a must for anyone who has contracted herpes
Genital herpes on the other hand is generally considered to be sexually transmitted but recurring infections can be triggered by stress or high-arginine foods..
Herpes is most easily spread when a sore is present, but, it is also often spread at other times too. Some people notice itching, tingling or other sensations before they see anything on their skin. These are called "Prodromal Symptoms" and they warn that the virus may be present on the skin. Herpes is most likely to be spread from the time these first symptoms are noticed until the area is completely healed and the skin looks normal again. Contact with the infected area (including oral, vaginal, or anal sex) is very risky during this time.
One kind of complication involves spreading the virus from the location of an outbreak to other places on the body by touching the sore(s). The fingers, eyes, and other body areas can accidentally become infected in this way. Preventing self-infection is simple. Do not touch the area during an outbreak. If you do, wash your hands as soon as possible with soap and warm water. This will help prevent the virus from spreading further.
The spreading of genital herpes through inanimate objects, such as soap, towels, clothing, bed sheets, toilet seats, and spa surfaces is highly unlikely because the genital herpes virus cannot live very long outside of the body. Herpes is not spread through vaginal fluids, blood or semen, or like a flu virus that you can get through the air. Herpes is generally spread by direct contact.
Herpes can be spread by the following situations:
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Yes. An estimated 40 million people have genital herpes which makes it a chronic viral infection. About 500,000 new people get symptomatic herpes each year and there are even more people without symptoms.
It has been estimated that about 20% of the population have genital herpes and 90% have oral herpes (cold sores).
The only way to accurately know if a condition is caused by the herpes virus is to visit a health care provider for a professional diagnosis. Many people who are infected with genital herpes (HSV2) are sometimes not aware of being infected. Symptoms of the primary episode, however, can be quite pronounced, the first primary episode usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted. Lesions usually heal within two to four weeks of the outbreak. Other symptoms may include a second occurrence of lesions, or flu-like symptoms including:
GENITAL HERPES: THE FIRST OUTBREAK
Symptoms develop usually within 2 to 20 days after contact, but could continue up to 2 weeks, The first infection may be so mild it goes unnoticed, whilst in some cases, the first attack causes visible sores. Subsequent recurrences of the virus may cause an outbreak of blisters. Healing of the skin does not normally leave scarring. The virus then retreats into the nerves and lies dormant. If you are lucky enough to catch the virus in its early stages act as soon as you can with an application of The Herpes Combat Kit. New infections can be easy to combat and usually require less application.
When it gets into skin cells the virus reproduces itself and starts to multiply, making the skin red and sensitive. Blisters or bumps may appear on the genital area, the blisters first opening , and then healing with the regeneration of new skin tissue.
The infected area:
Other symptoms include:
The first episode is the most severe, with most episodes lasting 10 - 21 days. A warning sign (prodrome) such as tingling is experienced by many people in recurring outbreaks.
Should any of these symptoms occur, consult your doctor or other health care provider immediately. Genital herpes should be diagnosed professionally. If the condition is confirmed to be herpes The Herpes Combat Kit should be applied to the soonest active outbreak. The Herpes Combat Kit must be applied when the outbreak is most active (which is commonly when the blisters or sores have opened up and are weeping fluid).
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Diagnosis & Testing
There are several tests that are used to diagnose herpes, some are more accurate then others. Lots of people need to be tested more than once.
If active symptoms are present and the sores are not healed one should request a specific virus culture or assay for the herpes virus. A Viral culture looks for the presence of the virus in the lesion. This method is very specific and does not frequently give a positive result when something else is the culprit.
The viral culture often misses herpes even when it is present. Often a patient who has received a negative culture result will be asked to come back again when a new genital lesion appears so the culture can be tried a second or third time.
Blood tests are generally used in cases where no visible symptoms are present. A blood test works by detecting the presence of herpes antibodies. There is a possibility that the virus will not show up in a blood test, and a positive result is not always indicative that a person has genital herpes.
Firstly, after the first exposure to herpes, a person may take several weeks to develop the antibodies that the test looks for. Usually, it takes two weeks to three months after exposure to herpes for antibodies to appear in the blood. Some blood tests detect antibodies sooner than others. However, once antibodies are found they remain in the body for life.
Secondly, blood tests cannot tell the difference between the two types of herpes, HSV-1 and HSV-2. For this reason, anyone seeking an accurate diagnosis of genital herpes must be sure to get a "type-specific" serologic test, which can accurately distinguish HSV-2 from HSV-1 antibodies. Most commercially available kit assays currently cannot make this distinction despite their claims.
Please seek immediate professional help if genital herpes is suspected. Some of the available diagnostic procedures become less reliable the longer you wait.
If you are concerned that a diagnosis for herpes is incorrect you should consult your health care provider for their professional opinion, and request another test to be taken if you feel you require further confirmation.
Genital herpes should be diagnosed professionally. If the condition is confirmed to be herpes The Herpes Combat Kit should be applied to the soonest active outbreak. The Herpes Combat Kit must be applied when the outbreak is most active (which is commonly when the blisters or sores have opened up and are weeping fluid).
Identifying Your HSV Type
Not everyone knows whether they have HSV1 or HSV2 and in certain situations that information could be relevant. In a situation where both partners have HSV-2 precautions should still be made to prevent the spread of the disease to other 'uninfected' areas. If one partner has genital HSV1 and the other has HSV2, each might get infected with a second type.
Diagnosing genital HSV1 is difficult because the infection seldom recurs. Since many people have HSV1 orally, a finding of HSV1 by Western blot serology (blood test) would not positively identify genital infection. A Western blot confirms if you have HSV2. If you are seronegative (negative by blood test) for type 2, but positive for type 1, that gives you a strong clue as to the cause of your outbreaks (seropositive for type 1 but not type 2, with infrequent recurring genital herpes is probably genital HSV1). The Herpes Combat Kit is effective on both HSV1 and HSV2 infections.
Health Conditions Often Confused with HerpesListed below are conditions that are sometimes mistaken for herpes: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers): Usually occur inside the mouth, are gray with a distinct edge and usually heal within 10 to 14 days without treatment
Bacterial or yeast infections: Sometimes confused with genital herpes, but do not usually produce blisteringImpetigo: A highly infectious bacterial disease, more common among children often producing crusty blisters
Syphilis: A bacterial infection, causes chancres sometimes mistaken for blisters caused by genital herpes. Unlike genital herpes, Syphilis does not usually produce a cluster of blisters, and it usually responds well to antibiotics.Molluscum contagious (molluscum): Like herpes, molluscum is a viral infection of the skin. Unlike herpes, molluscum produces lesions that are raised, with a central dimple.
If you suspect that you have a health problem please consult your doctor or other health care provider immediately. Genital herpes, and other conditions, should be diagnosed professionally.
Avoid sex during outbreaks as herpes is most contagious during this time. Many couples have had sexual relations for years without transmitting herpes. Some simply avoid having sexual contact when signs or symptoms are present, while others use condoms or other protection between outbreaks to help protect against asymptomatic shedding. The Herpes Combat Kit can be used to dry up and heal the outbreak, quickly and effectively, and to reduce any further episodes.
Limit the number of sexual partners
By having sex with a non-infected partner who has sex only with you (mutual monogamy).
Use Latex Condoms between outbreaks. Condoms offer useful protection against herpes protecting or covering the mucous membranes, the most likely sites of infection.
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