Herpes Sores


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Herpes Sores

Identifying And Treating Herpes Sores

The herpes sores associated with viral infection can be painful and embarrassing. For those suffering from outbreaks in the genital area it can be especially difficult to discuss. Cold sores from the virus are more socially acceptable but can be devastating to an individual's appearance and self confidence.

There are two major strains of the virus. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are very similar in terms of DNA. They are even similar when viewed under a microscope. The main difference is where they reside in the body. HSV-1 tends to reside in the trigeminal nerves of the face. The outbreaks then tend to cluster around the lips and chin.

HSV-2 tends to reside in the nerves at the base of the spine. This leads to outbreaks in the genital area. However, either type can potentially affect either part of the body. All forms of the virus can be present for years without any signs or symptoms. If the body is under stress the virus can become activated. In many instances a person with no outward signs can pass the virus on to others.

Varicella, the virus responsible for chicken pox and shingles is a form of the virus that leaves herpes sores which fill with fluid, blister, then dry up. People who have suffered from chicken pox as children can develop shingles later in life.

Shingles herpes sores can be very painful and even debilitating in seniors. The new Varicella vaccine is designed to lessen the pain and intensity of shingles or chicken pox. Today most children are vaccinated to prevent serious outbreaks that may lead to complications.

Common ways of diagnosing herpes sores are visual inspection of the affected area and blood tests. Blood tests are not always accurate. Sometimes a recent infection will not produce a positive result. Visual inspection of the affected area by a medical professional is the most common means of diagnosis. If the individual has a history of outbreaks this will also be taken into consideration.

Some treatments for herpes sores include antiviral drugs and topical solutions that lessen the pain of sores. No treatment offers a cure. They simply aim to lessen the severity of the outbreak. A well balanced diet and nutritional supplements are said to help reduce the number of outbreaks as well. Anyone who suffers with outbreaks should try to reduce stress as much as possible, eat a well balanced diet, and get plenty of rest. Such measures help the body's immune system fight off infection.

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