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Herpes In The Mouth


Causes


HSV-1 is extremely contagious. It can be transmitted through sores on the skin or oral secretions. An individual can contract herpes type 1 by simply kissing someone; however, it can also be contracted by sharing intimate objects that either come in contact with their sores or their saliva. While HSV-2 is also contagious, typically an individual has to have sexual contact with someone who has the condition in order to contract it as well. The most important thing to realize is that both types of herpes can be transmitted even if there is no present outbreak of sores.


It is extremely important for pregnant women to speak to their doctor if they have genital herpes. This is because it is possible for it to be passed to their children during the delivery process. For a lot of people, the condition remains dormant for very long periods. There are several triggers that can cause outbreaks of the sores to occur. These triggers include: all general illnesses, physical stress, emotional stress, fatigue, trauma to the affected area, and menstruation.


Symptoms


The only real symptom that comes from both types of herpes is an outbreak of sores, or blisters, to occur. These blisters will generally occur in or around the mouth, genital area, or rectum. These blisters will eventually break and leave a very sore and tender open wound.


The appearance of both types of herpes is fairly obvious. For this reason, there is usually no type of testing that is needed by a doctor to confirm the diagnosis of it. There are a few DNA, PCR, and virus cultures that a doctor can conduct if they are unsure of whether or not an individual is suffering from herpes.


Pain Level


The level of pain that an individual will experience with this condition varies from one person to the next. For example, some people have very mild symptoms and other people never experience any symptoms at all. This is actually why herpes is so frequently transmitted. Many people, unfortunately, are unaware of the fact that they even have the herpes simplex virus. Regrettably, for individuals who do experience herpes symptoms, the pain can be extreme. A lot of individuals with the condition agree that the first outbreak of herpes is usually the most painful.


The pain an individual feels as a result of the outbreak is usually described as burning or aching. If the herpes sores are on the genitals, an individual will likely have trouble urinating, and it could be quite painful. It also sometimes results people having discharge from their penis or vaginal area. Oral herpes, on the other hand, can cause individuals to experience a tingling or burning pain. Usually this type of pain will occur right before the outbreak of blisters, or cold sores. Once the blisters appear, they are also known to be extremely painful. Many complain about the blister making it hard to eat food because it prohibits the use of the lip.


Cure


Unfortunately, the herpes simplex virus is a condition that does not have a cure. This means that once an individual contracts the virus, it will remain in their body for the rest of their lives. For a lot of people, the condition remains inactive in their nervous system until something triggers an outbreak. Herpes tends to go through cycles of being dormant and being active.


Treatments


While herpes is not a condition that can be cured, there are several treatment options available that can be used to relieve some of the symptoms. For example, there are a number of prescription medications that can be used to decrease the amount of pain a person experiences. There are also medications that can decrease the length of time it takes for the blisters to burst and heal over. Lastly, the doctors suggestion of taking a warm bath to help alleviate pain associated with genital herpes can bring great relief to both pain and discomfort.

Herpes simplex virus is the technical term for what most people refer to as just herpes. There are technically two different kinds of herpes: herpes type 1 and herpes type 2. Herpes type 1 is known as HSV-1, or oral herpes. Herpes type 2 is known as HSV-2, or genital herpes.


The most common type of herpes type 1 is cold sores around the mouth and lip area. While oral herpes can cause genital herpes to occur, it is normally caused by type 2 herpes. Oral herpes can cause the genital herpes if someone with a cold sore performs oral sex. When an individual has type 2 herpes, they usually have sores around their genital area or their rectum. While it is possible for sores from type 2 herpes to occur in other places they generally occur below the waist.


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Herpes In The Mouth