What Is Herpes?

why herpesHerpes is a very common contagious viral infection. This virus can cause oral herpes – fever, blisters, cold sores and genital herpes – sores below the waistline or in genitals. Herpes simplex virus is easily transmitted from one body to another by direct contact of the body, body fluids or lesions of an infected person.

The infections caused from Herpes simplex virus or HSV have afflicted humans throughout the history. Genital HSV was first described in the year 18th century. Earlier, it was treated as any sexually transmitted disease. Herpes is a chronic condition, which means long-term. In fact, many people having HSV virus do not even see symptoms for many years or at all. People with Herpes simplex virus have recurring cases of outbreaks. When a person is infected for the first time, the recurrences that follow tend to get more frequent. As the time passes by, the remission periods get longer and less severe each time.


HSV Is A Highly Contagious Virus


The herpes simplex virus is easily passed from one person to another by direct contact. Some of the most common modes of transmission are vaginal, oral or anal sex. When a person becomes infected, it generally remains dormant.


Most people with HSV don’t even get to know about it because its symptoms are very slight, while many others don’t even experience any discernible symptoms. However, those who experience symptoms, generally have blisters on their genitals and red sores around the mouth. These symptoms usually last up to 4 to 7 days.


Primary Infection Symptoms


Primary infection symptoms are used for the outbreak of herpes. Primary infection symptoms, when experienced, are more severe than other subsequent recurrences. Most symptoms can even last up to 20 days. These can include:


● Blisters on the cervix

● Ulceration on the cervix

● Vaginal discharge

● Pain while urinating

● Temperature (fever)

● Malaise (feeling dizzy and unwell)

● Cold sores

● Painful red blisters that burst and leave ulcers on affected parts.


Recurring Infection Symptoms


Recurring infection symptoms are less severe and do not last long. These are subject to the immunity strength of the patient. In most cases, the symptoms do not even last more than 10 days. These symptoms include:


● Burning/tingling sensation around genitals.

● Women tend to have blisters, as well as ulceration on the cervix

● Cold sores around the mouth

● Red blisters in genital areas.


The recurrences are less severe and take place less often. Patients with HSV-1 have fewer recurrences than people who are infected with HSV-2.


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