Herpes – The Facts You Need To Know

herpes-treatment-8787986967545Have you been diagnosed with Herpes? Relax, it’s not that bad, and these days almost everybody has it in one form or another. In fact, according to some studies as much as 80% of the population has herpes at this very moment, so don’t worry, you are not alone.

The herpes simplex virus causes cold sores, or what is also called fever blisters.  A large percentage of people get the virus during childhood but not all of them have the symptoms.  The virus is transmitted through saliva or by direct contact with the blisters/sores.

Herpes is at its most infectious when the blisters form and rupture. It remains infectious until there is complete healing. The condition may last up to 2 weeks.

If you have the virus, intimate physical contact with other people should be avoided to circumvent the spread of the virus.  Wait for the signs and symptoms to disappear and for the condition to heal completely.

What are the things that you should to contain the condition?

Do not share things like forks and spoons, glasses, plates, or cups.

Do not kiss other people – especially infants and toddlers who are especially vulnerable to getting the infection.

Wash your hands frequently.

Do not touch your blisters. If your child has cold sores and is too young to follow instructions regarding proper hygiene, keep him home, especially during the period when the blisters weep. Cover his sores with a dressing where appropriate.

Apply balm on your lips and sun protection on your face and the rest of your body.  Blisters usually flare up when exposed to the sun.  Do not share your lip balm and sunscreen with other people.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Herpes

How does a doctor tell if a patient has herpes simplex?

When there is a spate of the condition, a doctor can usually tell that it is herpes simplex through examining the sores.  To substantiate his findings, he may swab down the sore and send the specimen to a laboratory.  In the absence of sores, a medical test like a blood test can confirm the initial diagnosis.

A doctor may prescribe some medications to relieve a patient of the pain and discomforts which may accompany the condition.  These medications can also abbreviate the period of infection.  They will not cure the condition, though, as there is no cure for it.

Anti-viral medication can be taken orally.  It can also be applied intravenously through an injection.  Drugs of this type will help limit the period of infection. In addition to the drugs, a doctor may also prescribe anti-viral cream/ointment for relief of the signs and symptoms of herpes complex. The application of such creams or ointments helps to calm the itching and tingling and to reduce the pain.

There are several anti-viral drugs used to treat herpes complex.  These include Valacyclovir, Acyclovir, and Famciclovir.  A daily dose of the medicine reduces the pain and the period of the infection. The medicines also help prevent the spread of the disease.

The Herpes Ultimate Protocol – A Herpes Cure?

Cover_mediumAs discussed in the last post, Herpes is a highly contagious disease transmitted through physical contact such as sexual intercourse or oral sex. The herpes symptoms are brought about by HSV which is also known as the herpes simplex virus, which many believe is incurable. While doctors in the United States have yet to find a treatment treatment to completely eradicate herpes, many herpes sufferers find relief for their symptoms by taking antiviral medication which can stop HSV from multiplying. However the growth of the virus may continue just some time after taking medication.

This all being said, you may wonder what the story is on products like Ultimate Herpes Protocol, which promises to actually kill the virus and stop recurring herpes breakouts? This, and similar programs say that people can get rid of herpes by following steps to boost their immune response and so forth, using all natural methods which certainly sounds promising.

Popular natural health websites like Nature’s Magic Gift have published glowing reviews of the Ultimate Herpes Protocol product, which is a sign that there may be some truth to the claims being made, but in my opinion it is always best to consult with a real health care professional, like your doctor, who you will be able to converse with beofore trying that sort of a holistic treatment.

Because symptoms of herpes are hardly noticeable the vast majority of people who have it are not really aware that they are infected, which means that there is a high possibility that one of these people may transmit the disease to you unknowingly. People with HSV could suffer from sores in the genitals area or skin on any part of the body, which usually happens during the most active phase 2-20 days after first exposure to HSV but think that perhaps it is just a rash or an acne outbreak.

One sign that you are dealing with herpes and not another type of skin condition is the fact that you may experience muscle pain near or around the genitals area, itching of the infected area, abnormal discharge, and flu-like symptoms.

Paracetamol can be taken if there is pain brought by sores and blisters. Using an icepack as an alternative also works. If sores are present on skin of different parts of the body, soaking yourself in warm water with salt helps improve the condition. Taking antiviral medication also reduces discomfort and prevents the spread of the virus.

If you don’t have herpes, consider yourself lucky, and do what you can to avoid this unpleasant condition. In order to prevent getting infected with HSV, one must always maintain proper hygiene. Avoid sexual intercourse or oral sex if you or your partner has sores or blisters.

Watch out for signs of HSV, and if you suspect that you are infected, schedule appointment with your doctor immediately.