Frequently Asked Questions about Herpes
Newly diagnosed with herpes and have many questions about herpes? Don’t worry. We’ve listed the most frequently asked questions about herpes below. Here you will know what is herpes, what are the symptoms of herpes, how to manage the herpes outbreak, etc.
Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that any sexually active person can get. It is caused by two different but closely related viruses. The viruses are herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
First episodes usually occur within the first two weeks after the virus is transmitted. You may be experiencing an uncomfortable or painful symptoms. Or, perhaps the herpes symptoms are too mild to be noticed.
The “classic” herpes symptoms that most people associate with genital herpes are sores, vesicles, or ulcers. These classic symptoms of genital herpes often look like a small pimples or blisters that eventually crust over and finally scab like a small cut.
Oral herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Oral herpes commonly appears as cold sores or fever blisters on or around the lips. The HSV-1 sores can also appear above the upper lip, in the nose or on the cheek or chin.
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Genital herpes is transmitted by any type of sexual contact in the genital area where the HSV-2 virus enters the skin or mucous membranes through microscopic breaks.
- Avoid physical contact – refrain from any physical contact with other from the first onset of symptoms, and avoid touching sores
- Wash hands – frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water throughout the day
- Maintain a healthy diet – a strong immune system helps keep outbreaks under control. A well-nourished body has a strong immune system to fight off diseases and viruses. Reduce the intake of sugar and eliminate excessive alcohol consumption.
- Drink water – drinking plenty of water helps flush the body, removing toxins and improving health
- Dietary supplements – take these to provide the necessary vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your body needs. L-lysine may help the healing time for the sores and prevent future outbreaks
- Get plenty of sleep – sleep restores and reenergizes your body
- Reduce stress – stress, both mental and physical, adds stress to your body and taxes the immune system
- Exercise daily – regular exercise, a minimum of thirty minutes per day, reduces stress and builds the immune system
- Medicinal treatments – medicines are available to minimize sores and limit the length and frequency of outbreaks. These are available as a prescription from your doctor.
- Positive attitude – maintaining a positive attitude and optimistic outlook on life reduces stress and puts everything in a positive space
- Avoid sex during the “high risk” phase
- Use Latex condoms
- Use an antiviral drug to reduce viral shedding
- Limit the number of partners
There is no cure for herpes currently, but appropriate herpes treatment can reduce the frequency and duration of outbreaks as well as the discomfort.