Type 2 is the virus most often responsible for recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes and about half of primary outbreaks and is spread through genital-genital contact where type 1 is best known for causing cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth and nose.
Type 1 can also cause genital herpes – it can be passed to the genitals from a person with a cold sore during oral sex or from genitals to genitals like type 2, but this is relatively uncommon
Type 1 and Type 2 are similar viruses, but they do have differences. The only way a doctor can tell which one is responsible for herpes symptoms is through laboratory tests. Knowing which type of infection a person has, can help to determine how someone got herpes and what to expect in terms of number of outbreaks.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection but this does not mean that a person with genital herpes has had numerous sexual encounters – just one encounter can be enough if a sexual partner has herpes that is active at the time of contact. A person can also get genital herpes espcially Type 1 through oral sex with a person who has a cold sore. Any time there is skin-to-skin contact with the affected area, there is a potential risk.
After infection Herpes stays in the body in a latent, or resting, state and may reactivate and cause symptoms. When this happens, treatments can help make symptoms more manageable.
Genital Herpes Look Like?
Symptoms that most often occur during a primary outbreak
Cold sores are caused by infection of the area around the mouth or nose with the herpes simplex virus.
More than half of the people in North America are infected and usually have acquired oral herpes during childhood. The first episode of oral herpes may cause extensive ulceration in the mouth and last for several weeks, especially in young children and those infected will show signs of sores in the mouth and on the gums, near the back of the throat, swollen glands, especially the lymph nodes in the neck and even fever.
Other signs are tingling sensation in the skin surrounding the mouth or nose. Swelling and/or redness, followed by the appearance of 1 or more fluid-filled blisters. The blisters eventually burst to leave open sores, which scab and then heal.
How To Eliminate
Non-prescription topical medications may soothe and help speed healing of outbreaks of cold sores. Some oral antiviral agents have been shown to help speed healing of outbreaks of oral herpes and shorten the length of time with symptoms. These medications should be started at the earliest symptoms of a cold sore
Antiviral therapy is used to treat recurrent outbreaks. There are two ways that antiviral therapy is prescribed for the management of recurrences: episodic therapy or suppressive therapy.
Episodic Therapy: The antiviral agent should be taken at the first symptom of an outbreak. Some people notice symptoms, such as tingling, itching or burning in the genital region, before blisters or sores appear. When taken at the first symptom of an outbreak, episodic therapy has been shown to:
Shorten the length of time
Valtrex® are available to treat outbreaks of genital herpes.[22-24]
Famvir® is available for the treatment of recurrent episodes of mucocutaneous.
Suppressive Therapy: The antiviral agent is taken every day and has been shown to:
Reduce the number of outbreaks
Treatment of Oral Herpes with Antiviral Therapy: When taken at the first symptom of a cold sore some oral antiviral medications have been shown to help speed healing of cold sores and shorten the length of time with symptoms.
Non-prescription topical medications may soothe and help speed healing of outbreaks of cold sores. Some non-prescription medications include Antibiotic Cold Sore Ointment, Cepacol® Viractin® Gel, Fletcher’s Liquid Sore-Mouth Medicine, Lipactin® Gel, Orajel® Medicated Mouth Sore Swabs, Orajel® Mouth Sore Medicine, Orajel® Multi-Action Cold Sore Medicine, Tanac® Medicated Gel and Zilactin® Medicated Gel.
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