Sunday, October 31, 2010

Genital Herpes Symptoms-Treatment-Medication

Herpes is a group of virus that can cause painful blisters and sores. There are two types of herpes viruses, HSV-1 and HSV-2. Amongst these HSV-2 is dangerous. Herpes has two forms such as oral herpes and genital herpes. Oral herpes is common in children. Herpes simplex virus or HSV can causes cold sores around mouth and genital area. Herpes zoster is the other type which causes chickenpox and shingles. Genital herpes is spread through the saliva of the infected person and it is also called as sexually transmitted disease (STD).

When the herpes virus enters into the body it attacks the cells in the skin tissues and reproduces the cell nuclei. The worst thing is no symptoms can be seen when the herpes virus enters the cell. Herpes virus destroys the host cell while multiplying and result in inflamed, fluid-filled blisters. Sometimes the virus multiplies without damaging the host cell and remains in latent form. This disease can be treated but the patient is not fully cured. The fluid-filled blisters may disappear without treatment in 2 to 10 days but the herpes virus can remain in the body.

Herpes virus (HSV) may infect the eye causing herpes keratitis condition. In this condition the patient feels discomfort and inflammation in the eye. If not treated properly, the patient may lose his vision too! Pregnant women who are suffering from genital herpes can transmit this to their baby. Symptoms may last for several weeks and it includes fever, fatigue, headache etc.
Herpes infection can be treated using antiviral drugs which prevents the reproduction of viruses. It is important to consult with your physician before taking anti viral drugs to treat herpes. To avoid spreading of genital herpes one must not touch the sores. You should wash your hands if you touch the sores, you should avoid any kind of sexual activity and you should drink as much water as possible. You should place a cool cloth on sores. Apart from this you should take fruits like melon, berries and green tea. Remember, always consult a doctor when you notice the symptoms.

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