With science taking more steps towards medical breakthroughs each day, more and more herpes-infected individuals are hoping for a cure. Unlike other Sexually Transmitted Diseases that are treatable, herpes symptoms can only be suppressed. This means that once you get herpes, the virus stays with you for life; that is, until they find a cure.
Finding a cure to herpes becomes an even more pressing task, as 90 percent of people with herpes in America do not even know they have the disease. Considering that alarming piece of information, people should be made aware of the manifestations of herpes.
Herpes is a contagious disease transmitted through intercourse, be it oral, anal, or vaginal. A person may contract herpes by engaging in sexual acts with another person infected with herpes. There are two types of herpes, and both cause skin irritations. Other symptoms include fever, chills, headache, painful sex, painful urination, and vaginal discharge, among others.
Blisters and/or cold sores in and/or around the mouth characterize Type 1. This condition is caused by Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1). Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2), meanwhile, cause sores in the genital area; this condition is known as Type 2. While this type is more common among individuals with herpes, statistics show that the number of people with Type 1 herpes is slowly getting bigger.
Unfortunately for a person with herpes, the virus may suddenly manifest anytime. Sores appear when the virus attacks. Sores become warnings not to engage in sexual acts in order to prevent infecting more people. However, there are also cases when the sores do not appear even when a person is infected, and the only way to tell is by getting tested.
The last thing a person with herpes should do is stress out over the situation, since stress may also make the virus active. Presently, people with herpes should find peace of mind in the fact that there are available medications to keep the virus at bay.
A person with the disease may opt to take regular medication to keep the virus dormant.; this is called suppressive therapy. The patient is given daily medication to avert outbreaks. This means that even if the person shows no manifestations of the virus, he or she takes medication. Also, this type of medication reduces the risk of passing on the disease to another person. For people who experience six or more outbreaks in one year, suppressive therapy is a good option.
Other people with herpes only take medication when the virus is active. This is called episodic therapy, meaning medication is taken only as the outbreak occurs. Statistics show that 70 percent of people diagnosed with herpes experience only less than six outbreaks per year, and episodic therapy is the best option.
Another way to control herpes at the early signs of an outbreak is to use a topical genital herpes treatment. These treatments keep the virus inactive, thus lessening the length of an episode. However, one must be cautious about topical treatments; one should always consult with a doctor to get proper prescription. Moreover, herpes-infected areas should always be kept dry. It is advisable to wash hands after touching the infected area to avoid spreading the sores.