Reprinted fromNature' Field
Herpes simplex type 1, which is transmitted through oral secretions or sores on the skin, can be spread through kissing or sharing objects such as toothbrushes or eating utensils. In general, a person can only get herpes type 2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. It is important to know that both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be spread even if sores are not present.
Pregnant women with genital herpes should talk to their doctor as genital herpes can be passed on to the baby during childbirth.
For many people with the herpes virus, attacks (or outbreaks) of herpes can be brought on by the following conditions:
General illness (from mild illnesses to serious conditions)What Are the Symptoms of Herpes Simplex?
How Is Herpes Simplex Diagnosed?
Often, the appearance of herpes simplex virus is typical and no testing is needed to confirm the diagnosis. If a health care provider is uncertain, herpes simplex can be diagnosed with laboratory tests, including DNA -- or PCR -- tests and virus cultures.
How Painful Is Herpes Simplex?
Some people experience very mild genital herpes symptoms or no symptoms at all. Frequently, people infected with the virus don't even know they have it. However, when it causes symptoms, it can be described as extremely painful. This is especially true for the first outbreak, which is often the worst. Outbreaks are described as aches or pains in or around the genital area or burning, pain, or difficulty urinating. Some people experience discharge from the vagina or penis.
Oral herpes lesions (cold sores) usually cause tingling and burning just prior to the breakout of the blisters. The blisters themselves can also be painful.
Can Herpes Be Cured?
There is no cure for herpes simplex. Once a person has the virus, it remains in the body. The virus lies inactive in the nerve cells until something triggers it to become active again.
Here are some recommendations that may help to shorten the duration
and intensity of an outbreak. L-lysine has been found helpful by many
people. Recommended dosages range from 500 -1000 mg. daily. It may be
hard to find this amino acid in Canada as the Canadian government has
banned this type of product saying more study is needed to prove its safety
and effectiveness. The purpose of this supplement is that when the amount
of l-lysine exceeds the amount of l-arginine in the body, the growth of the
herpes virus is slowed.
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