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Herpes Simplex

By Edited Jun 26, 2015 1 0

What are the symptoms to Herpes?

The Herpes Simplex, HS, virus is a type of viral infection you get when HS 1 and HS 2 combine for an infection site. There are a few types of herpes than you can acquire and the site of infection will determine which form you have. For example, oral herpes is a common and non life threatening form of the herpes virus. These are more commonly known as fever blisters and cold sores. This form of herpes is treatable with over the counter medications. Probably the second most common type of the simplex virus is genital herpes, or often referred to just as herpes. Genital herpes is a sexual disease that is transferred by fluids during sexual contact. Unfortunately, there is no cure for genital herpes but you are able to manage it with medications prescribed by your doctor.

As stated above, the simplex virus occurs with HS1 and HS2 are combined. HS 1 usually will cause infections in the eyes, central nervous system (CNS), face and throat area, while the HS2 will primarily only infect areas of the anus and genitals. That being said, there has been a few occurrences where they have caused infections in all areas. The symptoms will differ for each form of herpes, and some may not even include any symptoms. Oral herpes will typically form after contact with other mucus and will resemble that of a cold sore or fever blister. Genital herpes will often show clusters of swollen vesicles and papules on the genital area that will also slightly resemble a cold sore. A lesser known form of herpes is herpes whitlow. This infection will target areas like the thumbs or fingers and will typically get infected around the cuticle.

In some cases getting the simplex virus isn't your only worry because it has been linked to cause other non viral diseases. Bell's Palsy, which is a temporary paralysis of the face, is a reaction your body may encounter to some herpes viral diseases. The HS1 virus has even been said to be a cause to Alzheimer's disease too. This type of herpes is said to be extremely damaging to your CNS, central nervous system, which in turn can cause Alzheimer's. If you don't already have the gene allele in your body though, the HS1 virus shows no threat to your central nervous system or the threat of Alzheimer's.



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