The disease that we know as herpes has been known for a long time, but it was only after the 1960s (known as the sexual revolution) that this disease developed into what could be called almost an epidemic.
Studies report that more than 20% of the population over the age of 12 are infected with herpes (only in countries that keep records of the disease, so it can be much more significant worldwide). In other words, millions of people suffer from this disease, which is a significant increase in recent years and means that this disease is not being successfully controlled. And since it is a disease that has no effective cure, the case causes some concern.
Herpes Simplex, the most common, presents in two forms: when it occurs in the mouth and lips (oral herpes) it presents in the form of small pimples that can burst and are often confused with canker sores.
These oral symptoms can persist for a few weeks and then simply disappear.
Genital herpes, the most uncomfortable form, attacks the sexual organs, anus and surrounding areas and presents extremely uncomfortable symptoms. And the big problem is that after contagion with the herpes virus it never leaves the body. It can remain dormant in the nervous system and at the base of the brain, but is never completely eliminated from the body. When active the symptoms can include itching, burning and small pimples that when burst can be quite painful.
Symptoms of Oral Herpes
- When a person is infected with herpes simplex virus type I small pimples can appear on the lips, at the corners of the mouth or around the mouth and can take several weeks before they disappear. They can also appear inside the mouth, but only at the beginning of the symptoms of oral herpes.
- Usually these pimples are very itchy and can be painful and once infected the herpes symptoms tend to appear sporadically, usually 3 to 8 times a year. Oral herpes
Genital Herpes Symptoms / Vaginal Herpes
The symptoms of genital herpes (in men) and vaginal herpes (in women) are very uncomfortable and more difficult to treat than oral herpes, and may include:
- Bubbles filled with clear, easily bursting liquid.
- Intense itching.
- A burning sensation (burning) when urine comes into contact with the infected area.
- Difficulty urinating due to inflammation of the urethra.
- Intense pain in the infected area.
- When untreated it can present open wounds in large areas due to bursting of the bubbles.
Herpes can also have other symptoms such as fever, muscle fatigue and it is normal for the person to feel “down”. Rash can also appear on other sensitive skin areas such as the eyes, shoulders and stomach.
Although the symptoms of herpes can occur between one and two weeks after infection, it can also be years before the first symptoms of herpes appear. Usually the first symptoms of herpes are the most severe and it can take several weeks before they disappear, even with treatment.
Genital herpes E, as the herpes virus is never eliminated from the body, recurrent symptoms can easily appear. The severity of the symptoms and their severity depends on each person’s immune system. People weakened by other diseases, such as AIDS, have much stronger symptoms of herpes and more frequent recurrences than a person who has a good general level of health.
The only way to avoid herpes is prevention, especially of a sexual nature, which unfortunately is not practiced by most people. For infected people the most efficient way to avoid recurrent herpes episodes focuses on three areas:
- Strengthening the immune system.
- Controlling stress levels.
- Controlling clinical symptoms when they appear.