What is Herpes Simplex
Herpes Simplex is a viral disease with a distinctive eruption of grouped vesicles on the skin and mucous coats. It may be caused by two types of viruses of herpes: HSV-1 and HSV-2. But people with compromised immunity caused by stress, sleep deficiency and unhealthy diet are more susceptible to this disease.
How may Herpes be Caught?
Both types of herpes may be passed during sexual congress, kissing or contacting sores. If you use a condom, it can protect you from herpes contraction but not during oral sex during which you can contact affected skin. Handwashing can also minimize the risk of contagion.
Incubation period of herpes is 5-2o days.
An eruption in the form of vesicles that may appear on the lips, mucous coats of the nose and mouth, genitals and body are the most common symptoms of herpes. Before the appearance of herpetic vesicles, in the area of future eruptions there are premonitory symptoms like itching, burning, tingling. while, some people with HSV-2 may have no symptoms at all.
Treatment of Herpes
The disease is treated with antibacterial medical drugs such as acyclovir. For Genital Herpes acyclovir is prescribed at the dose of 200-400mg three times a day for ten days; for prophylaxis of this disease: 200-400mg of Acyclovir should be taken twice a day.
If You Choose Not to Treat Herpes
in spite of the fact that herpes does not belong to the diseases that threat patient’s life, if you left herpes untreated, chronic infection can result in further dysimmunity and the development of secondary immunodeficiency. It can cause more frequent and prolonged herpes recurrence.