Herpes Simplex (HSV 1, HSV 2)

What is Herpes Simplex

Herpes Simplex is a recurrent skin condition which is caused by a virus - the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). HSV is in a family of viruses called Human Herpesviridae family, a set of new viruses that produce viral infections in the majority of humans.

Some people live with asymptomatic HSV, which means they have the virus without ever having an outbreak or active episode of Herpes. Those infections are unrecognized and undiagnosed.

In others, Herpes causes episodes of small, fluid-filled blisters or sores on lips and mouth (Oral Herpes or Herpes Labialis, sometimes called cold sores or fever blisters) or genitals (Genital Herpes or Herpes Genitalis). But they can also show up on hands or fingers and other parts of the body.

Herpes simplex viruses include two distinct but closely related viruses, namely, Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2). Both viruses are contagious. The majority of Oral Herpes cases are caused by HSV-1 and the majority of Genital Herpes cases are caused by HSV-2; however, type-1 or type-2 can cause symptoms on either the genital or oral area. Many people living with genital herpes actually have HSV-1, since the virus can easily be transmitted through oral-to-genital contact. HSV-2 less commonly causes oral episodes, or cold sores, but it’s still possible.

According to World Health Organization, an estimated 3.7 billion people under age 50 (67%) have HSV-1 infection globally. Estimated prevalence of the HSV-1 infection was highest in Africa (88%) and lowest in the Americas (45%). An estimated 491 million people aged 15-49 (13%) worldwide have HSV-2 infection. More women are infected with HSV-2 than men. This is because sexual transmission of HSV is more efficient from men to women than from women to men. Prevalence of HSV-2 infection was estimated to be highest in Africa (44% in women and 25% in men), followed by the Americas (24% in women and 12% in men). Prevalence was also shown to increase with age, though the highest numbers of people newly-infected were adolescents.

Conventional medicine attempts to ease the severity of symptoms and to reduce the herpes episodes by employing Antiviral medication. But Homeopathy medicine attempts to optimize your immune system in a very natural way to get rid of the virus so as to give long lasting relief from Herpes outbreaks.

Signs and Symptoms of Herpes Genitalis (Genital Herpes)

Herpes Genitalis Outbreak
Genital Herpes blisters on or around genitals

The “classic” symptoms that most people associate with genital herpes are sores, vesicles, blisters or ulcers – all of which can also be called “lesions” (irregularity in the skin). These classic lesions of genital herpes often resemble small pimples or blisters that eventually crust over and finally scab like a small cut. There may be some tingling, burning, or itching at the site of the infection before small, painful blisters appear. These lesions may take anywhere from two to four weeks to heal fully. During this time, some people will experience a second crop of lesions, and some will experience flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands, particularly in the lymph nodes near the groin, shooting pain at the site of the infection. Headache and painful urination also sometimes accompany full-blown symptoms of first episodes.

But for few other people, herpes lesions can so mild that they may be mistaken for Insect bites, Abrasions, Yeast infection, “Jock itch” and other conditions. In other words, the signs go unrecognized as being caused by genital herpes. Also, signs and symptoms can be found on the penis and vulva; near the anus; on the thigh; on the buttocks - virtually anywhere in the genital area.

Some people have recurrent outbreaks with the so-called “classic” blister-like herpes lesions that crust over, or with painful sores. In recurrent herpes, however, this process usually takes about half the time it does in first episodes. In addition, many people have very subtle forms of recurrent herpes that heal up in a matter of days. And lastly, herpes is capable of reactivating without producing any visible lesions (asymptomatic reactivation).

A person may show symptoms within days after contracting genital herpes, or it may take weeks, months, or years. For this reason, it can be difficult for people to know when and from whom they may have contracted the virus. Early in the phase of reactivation many people experience an itching, tingling, or painful feeling in the area where their recurrent lesions will develop. This sort of warning symptom—called a “prodrome”— often precedes lesions by a day or two. To be on the safe side, it's best to assume virus is active (and, therefore, can be spread through direct skin-to-skin contact) during these times.

Whether there are severe symptoms or not, virus will persist in the body. HSV will retreat along the nerve pathways, finding safe sanctuary in a nerve root called a “ganglion.” In cases of genital herpes, HSV retreats to the sacral ganglion, located at the base of the spine. In “oral” or facial herpes (cold sores), HSV finds its way to the trigeminal ganglion, at the top of the spine. In the ganglion, the virus remains inactive (“latent”) for an indefinite period of time. Unfortunately, while HSV is latent, various biological events can cause it to become active and begin traveling the nerve pathways back to the skin. There it can cause signs and symptoms again, though it doesn't always do this.

Herpes' triggers (determining exactly what leads to an outbreak) are highly individual, but with time, many people learn to recognize, and sometimes avoid, factors that seem to reactivate HSV in their own bodies. Illness, poor or irregular diet, emotional or physical stress, loss of sleep, lack of exercise, friction in the genital area, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light (commonly for oral herpes, such as a beach trip or skiing weekend), surgical trauma, and steroidal medication (such as asthma treatment) may trigger a herpes outbreak.

The frequency of outbreaks can often be managed through effective stress management, getting adequate rest, nutrition, and exercise. Homeopathic treatment has been found very effective against Herpes Simplex. Cure of Herpes Simplex is possible with regular homeopathic treatment of few years.

Causes of Genital Herpes

How is Herpes transmitted?

If a woman with Genital Herpes has virus present in the birth canal during delivery, Herpes Simplex can be spread to an infant, causing Neonatal Herpes. Neonatal Herpes can cause an overwhelming infection resulting in lasting damage to the central nervous system, mental retardation, or death. A recent research shows, approximately 1 in 1000 newborns in the United States experience a neonatal herpes simplex virus infection, resulting from HSV exposure during vaginal delivery. Women with recurrent genital herpes have a low risk of vertically transmitting HSV to their neonate. However, women who acquire a genital HSV infection during pregnancy have a higher risk.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Herpes

Herpes Simplex

Oral Herpes (Herpes Labialis) -
Infectious fluid-filled blister on lower lip

During the first episode, classic lesions tend to form as small fluid-filled blisters that can appear as a single blister or in a cluster. Sores may also appear inside the mouth or on the back of the throat, and the lymph nodes in the neck may swell. However, symptoms of oral herpes can be very mild and go unnoticed. Subtle symptoms can be easily mistaken for another infection or condition such as a small crack or cut in the skin, chapped lips, bug bite, or a pimple, to name a few examples.

While symptoms of Oral Herpes most commonly appear on or around the lips, Oral Herpes is not always limited to this area. For some, symptoms may appear between the upper lip, on or inside the nose, or on the chin or cheek. In these instances, herpes is referred to as Oral-facial Herpes.

At least a quarter of people with oral herpes experience recurrences. Many people will experience a “prodrome” or warning symptom prior to developing an outbreak. A “prodrome” is an itching, tingling or painful sensation in the area where their recurrent lesions will develop. The prodrome often precedes lesions by a day or two. During this time, it is best to assume virus is active (and, therefore, can be spread through close contact).

Causes of Oral Herpes (Herpes Labialis, Cold Sores, Fever Blisters)

Herpes Labialis is caused by a virus - the Herpes Simplex virus Type 1(HSV-1). Oral herpes is transmitted through direct contact with a herpes sore, saliva, or other bodily secretions during an episode. If you’re shedding the virus, someone can contract it through direct contact with the site of the infection. Examples of direct contact include: kissing, oral sex other skin-to-skin contact. Many children contract the virus after being kissed or touched on the face by an adult with a cold sore.

Herpes can also be transmitted when there are no symptoms present. There are several days throughout the year when the virus reactivates yet causes no symptoms (called asymptomatic shedding, viral shedding, or asymptomatic reactivation).

After birth, herpes can be passed to a baby by receiving a kiss from someone with a cold sore on the mouth (oral herpes).

Theoratically the virus can be transmitted through shared lip balm, razors or drinkware and eating utensils, but this is pretty rare as the virus can only live outside your body for a few hours to a few days.

Diagnosis of Herpes Simplex

If symptoms are present:

If symptoms are present, your doctor will diagnose HSV by examining the blisters (sores / ulcers / lesions). He will also ask you about other symptoms like tingling, burning etc. Diagnosis of HSV is confirmed by the test "Swab Culture for Herpes Simplex Virus". A culture involves swabbing fluid from the sore and sending it to a laboratory for testing. Alternatively "Swab test for HSV 1 & 2 DNA PCR" can be done which is more accurate.

If NO symptoms are present:

If you have history of exposure to HSV but don't have any symptoms, a blood test - HSV 1 & 2 IgG & IgM - can determine whether you have HSV antibodies in the blood. But blood tests may not accurately detect HSV until 12 weeks after you’ve acquired the infection. You can also test yourself for HSV antibodies with an at-home testing kit.

Treatment for Herpes Simplex

Herpes Simplex is successfully treated with Homeopathy. Homeopathic remedy not only treats symptoms and controls outbreaks but also prevent recurrences. This is not a suppressive therapy but gives long lasting relief and hence stops outbreaks of Oral and Genital Herpes. The best part is that homeopathic medicines do not have short-term or long-term side effects of any kind even if taken for a longer period of time. Besides the relief once achieved with well planned personalized homeopathy treatment is permanent and forever in most of the patients.

Conventional medicine attempts to relieve the severity of symptoms and to reduce the herpes episodes by employing Antiviral medications like acyclovir, famciclovir, valacyclovir, foscarnet or cidofovir etc. But Homeopathy medicine attempts to optimize your immune system in a very natural way to get rid of herpes outbreaks so as to give long lasting relief from the disease.

This treatment is totally different from your previous treatments if you have not tried homeopathy before. Every homeopathy doctor has a different angle to see towards a case and so treatment for the same case differs from doctor to doctor. Personalized homeopathy treatment chosen on case-to-case basis has good potential in Herpes Simplex treatment.

We, at Sushanti Homeopathy Clinic, have holistic approach towards Herpes Simplex cases and employ patient's individualized remedy for treatment. This treatment is recommended for every Herpes Simplex patient for minimum 24 months irrespective of whether symptoms / outbreaks are present or not. Patient's case details are kept highly confidential. Treatment parcels that we ship to has only patient's name mentioned. Name of the disease is not mentioned anywhere on treatment packets. Free shipping is available for all countries including United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and India with free online support during the period of treatment. Click here to sign-up for online homeopathy treatment of HSV.

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Prevention of Herpes Simplex

The surest way to prevent the spread of genital herpes is to avoid sexual contact during an active outbreak and to use condoms for sexual contact between outbreaks. There is a slightly higher chance of contracting genital HSV if you have sex without using condoms or other barrier methods. Keep in mind, though, that condoms and other barrier methods won’t always cover the infection site, since sores can appear on the buttocks or inner thighs.

If a person is experiencing symptoms orally, we recommend abstaining from performing oral sex and kissing others directly on the mouth until signs have healed and the skin looks normal again. Because most adults have oral herpes, we do not advise that a person stop giving or receiving affection altogether between outbreaks (when there are no signs or symptoms) simply because they have oral herpes. However, using a barrier (such as a dental dam) or condom when performing oral sex (even though there are no symptoms present around the mouth) can reduce the risk of contracting genital herpes.
If your partner has genital herpes, abstain from sex during active outbreaks. Between outbreaks, use a condom from start to finish every time you have sexual contact, even if your partner has no symptoms. (HSV can spread when no symptoms are present.) Consider abstaining from sex (oral, vaginal, and anal) during the last trimester.

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