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Herpes - Affects An estimated 80 Million Americans!

Sep 12, 2008
INTRODUCTION: Herpes is a very common infection caused by two different but closely related viruses. Simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and Simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). It infects the nervous system, altering the DNA of the nerve cells supplying the skin through which it entered. It may also play a role in the spread of HIV, the virus that is said to produce AIDS. The virus is spread by touching, kissing, and sexual intimacy, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. It is most contagious when sores are open and "weeping" until the scabs heal and fall off. Herpes is estimated to affect as many as 80 million Americans.

SYMPTOMS: include feeling like you have influenza and blisters that appear and then burst in the genital region, producing painful sores which may include burning feelings if urine passes over sores, inability to urinate if severe swelling of sores blocks the urethra, itching in the infected region.

Severe first episodes may have signs that include swollen, tender lymph glands in the groin, throat, and underneath the arms, fever, chills, headache, general run-down feelings, achy, flu-like symptoms. Flare-ups usually heal in ten to fourteen days. They may be more painful and last longer in men or women with illnesses that weaken the immune system like leukemia and HIV.

Outbreaks usually start with pain, tenderness, or itching in the genital area and may also include fever and headache. Avoid physical contact with the area from the time of the 1st symptoms (tingling, itching, burning) until all sores are totally healed, not just scabbed-over.

SORES: The 1st outbreak normally happens within two weeks after transmission, and the sores usually heal within two to four weeks. They may also show up in the mouth, but this usually only happens the 1st time oral symptoms appear. Also it is possible to get genital herpes from cold sores. Other signs and symptoms during the primary episode may include a 2nd crop of sores, and flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands. Genital herpes can cause recurrent painful sores in many adults, and infections can be severe in those with suppressed immune systems. There may be some early warning signs prior to an outbreak such as tingling, burning, or itching where sores were previously.

TREATMENT: There is no known cure for the disease, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. Treatment should begin at the first signs of an outbreak for best results as far as duration and healing are concern. Should it begin before the lesions appear, it is possible that the outbreak can be averted. Recently valacyclovir was released to be used as a three day treatment for recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes. This is an effective approach that achieves the highest blood levels of medication available.

CONCLUSION: Herpes is an infection that is caused by a simplex virus. It can make people more susceptible to HIV infection, and it can make HIV-infected individuals more infectious. It is contagious if the carrier is producing and shedding virus and can produce a wide range of signs and symptoms. Some are dramatic and fairly easy to recognize; some are subtle and may be ignored or confused with another ailment. The Virus is contagious and can be passed from person to person through any form of unprotected sex.

Studies show that more than 500,000 Americans are diagnosed with genital herpes each year, and the largest increase is occurring in young teens. Efforts to develop a vaccine by biotechnology companies are ongoing. There is no cure to date.
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Concerning The Author: Richard H. Ealom is a writer who has authored more than 60 articles on Diseases,Causes,Cures. Learn of Natural Cures for Herpes that work by visiting the STOP HERPES NOW! website. You have every right to use this article as long as you leave this box unchanged.
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