HSV is referred to as the herpes simplex virus. The herpes simplex virus is a virus that is typically found orally or genitally. Herpes is a result of coming in direct genital or oral contact with the virus. The herpes virus remains dormant in the body’s neurons. The virus travels through the central nervous system, which consist of the skin’s nerves. Depending on the nerve pathway the virus travels determines what particular area an outbreak could occur. When herpes outbreaks occurs it typically occurs on the same spot. There are many factors that could contribute to genital herpes outbreaks.
Herpes outbreaks could occur spontaneously and for no particular reason at all. A person’s diet, depression, anxiety, not sleeping, smoking, alcohol use, stress, and being exposed to high amounts of sunlight are some examples of what could potentially trigger herpes outbreaks. A female may even experience additional symptoms of herpes during her menstruation cycle. When a person is stressed out, depressed, or if a female is having a menstruation cycle the body releases hormones and could potentially weaken the body’s immune system. Herpes outbreaks could even occur after sex. Sometimes friction from sex irritates the skin and contributes to herpes outbreaks. Even if someone lives a healthy lifestyle there isn’t always a way to prevent herpes outbreaks.
The most frequent herpes outbreaks typically occur within the first year a person catches the virus. In many cases a doctor prescribes medication such as Valtrex or Acyclovir to reduce herpes symptoms. Medication also reduces the risk of passing genital herpes to a partner through sexual intercourse. The particular amounts of time outbreaks occur will vary from person to person. If a person has been living with herpes for long periods of time the symptoms typically reduce. There are cases where an individual didn’t have herpes outbreaks for many years. The body naturally weakens the virus. Herpes often hides in the central nervous system for years. Its common for herpes to become undetected, seem the virus is weak. It’s important to understand that even a small cold sore is usually a mild symptom of herpes. Even if a person doesn’t show active symptoms of herpes the virus could still spread to a partner.
If a person doesn’t have any active symptoms of herpes the chance of passing herpes to a partner greatly drops. In this situation the chances are high that the virus isn’t on the surface of the skin, seem there aren’t any active symptoms of the virus. The vast majority of time herpes is spread by coming in direct contact with the virus. The most effective way to reduce the chance of catching herpes from having sex is to use a condom. A lubricated latex condom is the most effective type of condom to use. Lubricated condoms are less likely to break and a latex condom reduces the risk of catching HIV. Avoid having sexual intercourse if a partner is has a burning, tingling, or itching sensation. That could indicate that herpes surfaced the skin. The herpes virus is more likely to spread.
In additional to a burning, itching or tingling sensation a person may experience a rash, bumps, or lumps. A red dot or a cold sore that contains fluid is often a symptom of herpes. Sometimes the symptoms of herpes are so mild a person doesn’t realize they experienced very mild symptoms of the virus. It’s common when a person catches herpes to experience flu-like symptoms. Those symptoms may include muscle pains, fever, and fatigue. The glands in the neck could be swollen when a person is first diagnosed with the virus or if an active outbreak is occurring. Seem herpes travels through the central nervous system it’s also possible but uncommon to experience pain on different parts of the body. Muscle pain is a somewhat rare symptom. If the symptoms of herpes become intense speak to your medical doctor. Taking a warm bath and wearing loose clothing may help alleviate any discomfort caused by herpes. The symptoms of herpes are typically short lived, can be controlled by a healthy lifestyle, and medication could be taken to help manage the virus.