- What is Herpes Simplex
- Signs and Symptoms of Genital Herpes
- Causes of Genital Herpes
- Signs and Symptoms of Oral Herpes (Cold Sores/Fever Blisters)
- Causes of Oral Herpes (Cold Sores/Fever Blisters)
- Treatment of Herpes Simplex
- Prevention of Herpes Simplex
Herpes is a common and usually mild recurrent skin condition; most infections are unrecognized and undiagnosed. Herpes is caused by a virus - the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). HSV is in a family of viruses called Herpesviruses.
Herpes can cause symptoms on the mouth (Oral Herpes or Herpes Labialis, sometimes called cold sores or fever blisters) or genitals (Genital Herpes or Herpes Genitalis). 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). 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 occur in either the genital or oral area.
The “classic” symptoms that most people associate with genital herpes are sores, vesicles, 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. 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. Headache and painful urination also sometimes accompany full-blown symptoms of first episodes.
But for many 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. To avoid the immune system, 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 diet, emotional or physical stress, 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.
How is Herpes transmitted?
- Any person who is sexually active can get genital herpes.
- Herpes is transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. This occurs when a contagious area comes into contact with a tiny break in the skin or mucous membrane tissue, primarily the mouth and genitals.
- Most skin on the body is too thick for the virus to go through.
- If a person with oral herpes (sometimes called cold sores or fever blisters) performs oral sex, it is possible for the partner to get genital herpes.
- If a person with genital herpes has sex, it is possible for his or her partner to get genital herpes.
- Genital herpes can be transmitted sexually both when symptoms are present and sometimes when symptoms are not present.
- There are several days throughout the year (called asymptomatic reactivation, asymptomatic shedding, or subclinical shedding) when the virus may be present on the surface of the skin, but there are no symptoms. Herpes can be passed through sexual contact during this time.
- There are no documented cases of a person getting genital herpes from an inanimate object such as a toilet seat, bathtub, or towel. Herpes is a very fragile virus and does not live long on surfaces.
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.
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).
Herpes is caused by a virus - the Herpes Simplex virus (HSV). Oral herpes is transmitted through direct contact between the contagious area and broken skin (a cut or break) and mucous membrane tissue (such as the mouth or genitals). 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).
Herpes Simplex is treatable with Homeopathy. Homeopathic remedy not only treats symptoms and controls outbreaks but also prevent recurrences. This is not a suppressive therapy but gives long term 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.
This treatment is totally different from your previous treatments if you have not tried homeopathy treatment before. Even if you have tried homeopathy before, still this treatment matters to you as every homeopathy doctor has a different angle to see towards a case and so treatment for the same case differs from doctor to doctor. Personalised homeopathy treatment chosen on case-to-case basis has good potential in Herpes Simplex treatment.
We, at Sushanti Homeopathy Clinic, have specific approach towards Herpes Simplex cases and use patient's individualised remedy for treatment of Herpes Simplex. 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. Click here to sign-up for the treatment.
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.
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.
Dr. Nitin Dhole
Sushanti Homeopathy Clinic
Ground Floor, Guru-Gajanan Apartment,
Gajanan Colony, Behind Reliance Mart, Garkheda,
Aurangabad (Maharashtra) India. 431009