Herpes is a type of disease caused by viruses that is quite contagious in its active state. There are two types of herpes: HSV type 1 and HSV type 2. Herpes type 1 is usually the herpes responsible for pimples that appear in the mouth. Oral herpes can be caught by contact with the saliva of an infected person. This infection causes painful sores in the mouth, usually around the lips.

Type 2 is usually the cause of genital herpes. Genital herpes can easily be caught by having sex with a person infected with the virus. This infection causes painful pimples on the genitals of both men and women. Both types of virus can be caught by touching the open bubbles.

Herpes can be treated but the virus never disappears from our body, becoming latent in nerve cells and can be reactivated due to stress or some disease that weakens the body.

Some people when infected do not show any signs of infection, or sometimes one or two pimples appear in the corner of the mouth or on the genital organs that easily disappear. For others it is a real hell. The first symptoms usually appear two weeks after the contagion and are usually the most distressing, as the body still has no defenses against them.

Symptoms of herpes

The symptoms are the appearance of some pimples on the lips or genitals, which in some people can be authentically wounded. Then these blisters burst, opening wounds that can take from two to four weeks to disappear without treatment and can be extremely painful, especially on the genitals. Often (especially during the first attack) a second or third outbreak of pimples may appear before the first one has even disappeared and the severity can be high causing even fever, strong tiredness and muscle aches.

In women (vaginal herpes) discharge may occur.

Although herpes usually manifests itself in the mouth or sex organs, it can also attack the eyes, causing the feeling that we have ‘something inside our eyes’, it can cause strong pain, sensitivity to light and constant crying. It can also attack the central nervous system, especially in babies, and can cause very serious effects such as irreversible mental retardation.

Although the virus never disappears from our body the next attacks tend to be less severe than the first, although they can still be quite serious in people with a weakened system. herpes

Type 1 herpes, usually the one responsible for the symptoms in the mouth, tends to have longer inactive periods than type 2 herpes, usually the one causing genital symptoms.

Treatment of herpes

Prevention of herpes is very difficult and the only way to avoid contagion is for the infected person to avoid any sexual contact or to transmit saliva or fluids with other people. Treatment for herpes never eliminates the virus from the body, but symptoms can be relieved with antivirals. To be effective, treatment must begin at the first signs of an eruption. A preventive medication can also be used to prevent the appearance of new eruptions and contagion to other people. It is very advisable for people who suffer from constant attacks or do not want to infect their partner.

For an efficient herpes treatment it should be kept for a long period of time after the symptoms have disappeared, to avoid that a new eruption appears every time a small break in the immune system occurs, therefore natural products should be used, because it is not possible to maintain a chemical treatment for months without suffering strong side effects.