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 their partner.
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 forever.
Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that any sexually active person can
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.