Symptoms and Causes of Herpes that you should Know

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Herpes simplex virus also called as Herpes, is a very common infection. It occurs mostly in the areas around the mouth and in the genitals. Though HSV is painful, it is not a threat to one’s health. There are two types of herpes namely HSV -1  and HSV-2. Both are similar types of viruses and occur in the vagina, thigh region, lips, mouth area, rarely in eyes and other body parts.


Causes for Herpes

Herpes is a very contagious disease that can be passed on easily from one person to another. It need not necessarily pass simply by touch, but it can also occur when there is a genital contact. When herpes is actually spread from one person to another, blisters occur as signs of HSV. If a child happens to face herpes, then it might be transmitted from his/her mother from the time of pregnancy or from herpes infected adult when in contact.

Other causes of herpes include – sharing utensils, lip balm or lipstick, oral sex with a person having cold sores, genital contact with the infected person, weaker immune system or when you just touch a herpes area and touch any body parts without washing your hands. The herpes fluid is highly contagious.


Symptoms of Herpes

Symptoms of herpes are severe when it first occurs. It may cause cold sores around the mouth, redness, blisters in the infected area, burns during urination, fever, vaginal discharge, itching, swelling, feeling tired and uncomfortable, ulcers on the vagina etc.

However, the recurring appearance of HSV might cause a lighter impact unlike that of the primary one. This leads to milder blisters, cold sores around the mouth area, tingling or itching. This doesn’t last longer than 10 days.

Even people without the above-mentioned symptoms might end up having herpes. It is unpredictable as HSV hardly shows up in certain people. It stays in one’s body for many years. As HSV doesn’t stay on the outer areas for long, it does not develop due to hugging, touching or from a toilet seat.


Preventive Measures

  • Avoid kissing a person with a cold sore around the mouth.
  • Avoid sexual contact with an infected person.
  • Have a saltwater bath.
  • Do not wear tight clothes over the affected area. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after you touch an infected person. 
  • Use petroleum jelly on the affected area. 

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