Herpes- Symptoms And Prevention At Your Reach

Herpes is an infectious disease caused by a virus as seen in the last article on Looking at What is Herpes in Meaning. Herpes has some symptoms and ways in which it can be prevented.
The symptoms may become reoccurrence in some individuals. These symptoms tend to be less severe and do not last as long, because the patient's body has built up some immunity to the virus. In most cases symptoms may not last for more than 9 days. Some of the reoccurring symptoms of herpes may include;

- Blisters around the mouth.

- Women may have blisters and ulceration on the cervix.

- Red rankles: these are by and large excruciating and the soon burst and leave ulcers on the outside     genital zone, thighs, bottom and rectum.

- Burning/tingling around genitals before blisters appear.

Eventually recurrences happen less often and are much less severe. Patients with HSV-1 will have fewer recurrences and less severe symptoms than people infected with HSV-2.
For those that experience symptoms,  it is generally present as blisters on the genitals, and sore around the mouth.

Most people do not have apparent symptoms for many months, or even years after becoming infected. The individuals who do have side effects amid the underlying time frame will generally see them around 3 to 6 days in the wake of being infected.
When an individual is first infected with herpes infection there are some symptoms which the person will notice. This symptoms can last up to 19 days and they may include:

- Blister around the mouth.

- Vaginal discharge.

- Blisters and ulceration on the cervix.

- Temperature (feverish).

- Pain when urinating.

- Feeling unwell.

In most cases the ulcers will heal and the patient will not have any lasting scars.

Ways in preventing of Herpes are;

- Do not have sexual activity while symptoms are present - Anal or Genital.

- Do not have many sexual partners.

- Do not kiss when there is a cold sore around the mouth.

- Make use of condoms during sexual activities. Although condoms are recommended, they provide a   good reduction in the risk of acquiring HSV-2, compared to other STIs ( Sexually Transmitted             Infections).

- Male circumcision reduces the risk of genital herpes infection, as well as HPV (human                         papillomavirus), but not syphilis.

Some people find that illness, stress, being tired, sunbathing and friction against the skin may trigger reoccurrences of symptoms. Avoiding such triggers, if they can be identified, may help reduce the number of recurrences.

There is no vaccine that prevents herpes infection. However, there are ways in which we can protect ourselves and others from contracting herpes:

- Avoid physical contact with infected persons.

- Do not kiss a person with blisters.

- Do not share food and utensils with other people suffering from cold sores or ulcers.

- Maintain a strong immune system through regular exercise, proper nutrition and rest.

- Practise safe sexual activities. If you have genital herpes, inform your partner immediately.

Treatment of herpes

Herpes infection can be treated with available Oral anti-viral medications. These medications can be taken to help fasten the healing process. From the symptoms of herpes stated above, it is adviceable to contact your doctor for more and better advice.

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