What Is Herpes, Cold Sore and How to Suppress It

What Is Herpes, Cold Sore and How to Suppress It
Herpes is a common infections that affects to the general public nowadays. Many people think that herpes is only genital area, but in fact, it also appears around the mouth, lips, fingers or anywhere in part of body. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). When patients get this virus in or around mouth, lips, it is also called cold sore. It’s about 1 out of 6 Americans gets genital herpes. Hence, let’s find out the symptoms of this disease, the causes of it and how to suppress it.

What is herpes, cold sore?

Herpes is a common virus that causes sores on your genitals or mouth. Herpes can be confused and painful, but it usually does not make serious health problems. It is caused by two different viruses, they are virus HSV type 1 and the other is HSV type 2
– It is called genital herpes when you get virus HSV-1 or HSV-2 in on or around your genitals (vagina, vulva, anus, cervix, penis, scrotum,..).
– It is called oral herpes, cold sore or fever blisters when you get virus HSV-1 or HSV-2 in or around lips, mouth and throat.
HSV-1 usually leads to cold sore, and HSV-2 often causes genital herpes. But it can occur both types of herpes simplex to infect either area.

The symptoms of the disease

Herpes and cold sore are caused by HSV, so they usually have similar symptoms. A cold sore usually spread through some stages:
· The first stage: Many people feel burning, itching, or tingling around their lips for a day or before a small and painful blisters break.
· The second one: these small blisters often break out along the border of the lips. Cold sores can also appear on the cheeks around the nose.
· The last stage: These small blisters can unify and then erupt.
These symptoms can last some days and the blister can take 7-14 days to disappear completely. Besides, some people can have several symptoms: fever, headache, muscle aches, sore throat.
For genital herpes, it is caused by the infection of virus HSV-2. When this virus enters the body, after a few days (usually from 3-7 days), it begins to show some symptoms:
· Firstly, patients is itching and uncomfortable in genital area and blisters can be appeared. In women, it can be in vagina, cervix or buttock. For men, it is usually appeared in the scrotums, buttock, penis, urethra.
· Secondly, these small blisters can be broken and produced raw, painful sores that scab and heal over within a few weeks.
· Thirdly, patients can feel painful when urinating, it is a common symptom of genital herpes.
· Finally, these symptoms can be likely to flu with fever, muscle aches, anorexia or fatigue
They are some common symptoms of cold sore and genital herpes, but some people do not understand how they can get this disease.
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How do patients get this disease?

Herpes is easily transmitted from skin to skin. If someone has the virus, he or she can spread this virus through skin to other people.
HSV-2 usually cause genital herpes, which is also spread through skin. So, people can get it when their genitals or mouth touch patients’ genitals and mouth. Besides, it can be transmitted during vaginal and vaginal sex.
Cold sore is usually caused by the HSV-1, which is transmitted by kissing, it can also spread from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex. Not only that, these viruses can be transmitted to other people when sharing personal tools or using plates, spoons or chopsticks.

How to suppress it?

Patients usually feel confused and nervous when getting this virus. It’s because this virus creates a lot of difficulties in eating, drinking and sleeping. Patients will do activities difficultly when getting cold sore. And they will feel uncomfortable when getting genital herpes.
For patients have cold sore, three is no treatment for them because most of them will be disappeared. But using drugs and changing the habits of using tools together can reduce the duration of the disease. And sometimes it can prevent further outbreaks:
· Should add more vitamin C supplement that makes the body has more energy to defeat the virus. Besides, they can use zinc oxide creams or Prosurx ( which contains vitamin A, C, E, hemp seed oil and aloe vera leaf juice) to apply it around hurt.
· Avoid food and drink that contain alcohol such as wine or beer because it can make some symptoms like fatigue, aches and skin inflammation worse.
· Should wash hands regularly, especially after applying drug. It is better when not using your hands touch the cold sore.
· Avoid letting your lips under the sun for a long time, in case of going out, you should use sun scream to protect your lips and face. But remember that do not use the balm stick on your lips directly or you will spread the virus around.
· Avoid kissing when you get this virus, it can be transmitted to other people.
· Avoid sharing towels, razors, toothbrushes, lipsticks, spoons, chopsticks or other items.
How about genital herpes, what patients can do when getting it. Treatment with drugs can reduce the duration of this disease. And people can change the life without not using tools together or pay attention to sexual life. When getting this virus:
· Should go to the hospital to test and use drug with doctor’s direction. There are three main drugs often used to cure genital herpes symptoms like valacyclovir (Valtrex), Famciclovir (Famvir) acyclovir (Zovirax), and Prosurx. These are usually in pill form.
·  Should take care of yourself by diet. Food with rich nutrition such as apples, pears, oranges, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, yogurt, lamp, fish should be eaten.
· Should have healthy sexual life, patients can use condom to avoid transmitting the virus to partner.
· Should remember that do not share personal items for anyone because of this virus transmitted.
· Like cold sore, they should avoid food and drink that contain alcohol and fatty or cholesterol.
When the body gets this virus, it will be existed in the body and can outbreak in the future. So, the important things are to keep your body and places cleanly, do not use the items together and choose suitable drugs in treatment. If the disease becomes worsen and prolongs, you should go to the hospital and do doctor’s direction.

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