Living With Herpes
Living A Life With Herpes
Herpes is a word that makes your world turn upside down. You have to learn to live with it because there is no
cure for herpes. There would be some changes on your lifestyle and your outlook towards life. You may feel some
degrees of fatigue, anxiety, and stress in any way can complicate the management of the virus. In some means, both
oral herpes and genital herpes will have a reason to make you nervous as both are caused by a disease that once it
enters your body and it will certainly not leave. With enough knowledge and awareness, you can live life happily
with this infection. Here are some basic some basic knowledge, education and awareness that people with genital
herpes can feel more at peace with the situation and in control with the disease, avoid spreading it elsewhere on
the body, inhibit family members from catching it, and importantly lower the risk of transferring the infection to
Some Basic Facts about Herpes
Herpes has 2 types called the Herpes Simplex 1 (oral) and the Herpes Simplex 2 (genital). Oral Herpes means
sores appear around the mouth and lips (sometimes referred to as fever blisters or cold sores). Oral herpes can
cause genital herpes, but most cases of genital herpes are caused by herpes type 2. In genital herpes, the
disease-ridden person may have sores around the genitals or anus. Though genital herpes lesions may occur in other
places, these blisters are usually found below the waist area.
Living With Herpes
Herpes is a virus that moves into the body and lives inside the specific area of the nerves cell and lives there
Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that any sexually active person can get
Herpes outbreaks can last approximately up to 10 days.
Herpes virus can be spread even if the infected person has no signs and symptoms. You should always use condoms
or practice safe sex all time.
Herpes epidemics vary in occurrence and strength as these viruses occur especially when your immune system is at
its weakest. Some people can live with the virus and under no circumstances have an outbreak, while others have
recurrent, painful and severe attacks of blisters and sores.
Herpes can be passed on through close bodily contact. It does not travel on the air or live long on non-living
objects. Oral herpes can be spread through kissing, touching or sharing stuffs that go into the mouth, such
as toothbrushes or kitchen utensils. On the other hand, genital herpes is transmitted through sexual contact
through oral, anal or vaginal.
Herpes can be prevented or lessened with medications. There are prescription drugs that if taken immediately at
the first sign of an outbreak, can cut or eliminate the signs and symptoms.
Treatment for Herpes
Home treatments can be done on the first sting or bump that indicates an outbreak, immediately take an aspirin
and apply ice or cold compress on the infected area. Otherwise, prescription drugs such as Valtrex or Acyclovir are
effective if taken within the first 12-24 hours of an outbreak, you can also use skin treatment creams for oral
herpes. For genital herpes it is best to abstain from sex or use condoms from the first signs of an outbreak
until the sores will be cleared.
A doctor once said that “herpes is not a death sentence, it is an annoying medical issue, to be sure, but it can
be dealt with. Herpes does not cause cervical cancer or any form of malignancy. Stress less – and you’ll be
healthier, all around.” So, there is no need to worry about herpes, live and enjoy life to the fullest.