and Type 2 are are the two types of herpes virus.
A related symptom of a bad cold or flu, Type 1 takes advantage
of the body's lowered resistance to virus bugs, and acts as
the culprit behind accompanying painful fever blisters or
serious Type 2 herpes virus can only be transmitted during
sexual contact and typically infects the genitals and surrounding
areas. Once infected, the body plays host to the virus throughout
a patient's lifetime, although flare-up of symptoms (including
pain, itching and sores) can be easily controlled with medications.
active teens are most at risk of developing the chronic condition,
with young women more apt to be infected than young men. The
good news is that over the past decade, heightened awareness
in general has resulted in the number of cases of genital
herpes steadily dropping worldwide. The bad news is that genital
herpes is still common, and in the U.S. infects as many as
one in six teens and adults.
there is no known cure for herpes, but prescription drugs
can help healing and lessen the pain of herpes in a majority
of cases. Acyclovir (Zovirax) is commonly used in either pill
or as a topical cream. Famciclover (Famvir) and valacyclovir
(Valtrex) are two other medications prescribed for initial
symptoms and for prevention of chronic symptoms which can
typically reoccur every 5 or 6 years.
with physical symptoms, the pain of embarrassment and emotional
distress can also be successfully managed by open communication
with your partner, along with steps to manage the disease
with advice from your doctor.
on the Web, find out more about risk factors, prevention &
symptoms, plus more on common herpes tests and how to prepare
for them, drugs that help manage the disease, and alternative
herbal treatments & related scientific research that hold
out promise for someday combating genital herpes before it
More about herpes around the Web:
Herpes - Check out a basic fact sheet covering risks, symptoms,
treatment options, related complications, and tips on prevention
with links to further information.
Herpes Tests - Information on what to expect & how to
prepare for diagnostic testing of the disease including facts
& advice on viral cultures, viral antigen, PCR, and antibody
is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.