Definition Herpes simplex is a viral infection that mainly affects the mouth or genital area. Causes, incidence, and risk factors There are two strains of herpes simplex viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is usually associated with infections of the lips, mouth, and face. It is the most common herpes simplex virus and many people develop it in childhood. HSV-1 often causes sores (lesions) inside the mouth, such as cold sores (fever blisters), or infection of the eye (especially the conjunctiva and cornea). It can also lead to infection of the lining of the brain (meningoencephalitis). It is transmitted by contact with infected saliva. By adulthood, 30 - 90% of people will have antibodies to HSV-1. The likelihood of childhood infection is higher among those with lower socioeconomic status. Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is usually sexually transmitted. Symptoms include genital ulcers or sores. However, some people with HSV-2 have no symptoms. Up to 30% of adults in the U.S. have a...
The first symptom is usually one-sided pain, tingling, or burning. The pain and burning may be severe and is usually present before any rash appears.
Red patches on the skin, followed by small blisters, form in most people.
The blisters break, forming small ulcers that begin to dry and form crusts. The crusts fall off in 2 to 3 weeks. Scarring is rare.
The rash usually involves a narrow area from the spine around to the front of the belly area or chest.
The rash may involve face, eyes, mouth, and ears.
Additional symptoms may include:
Difficulty moving some of the muscles in the face
Drooping eyelid ( ptosis )
Fever and chills
Loss of eye motion
Swollen glands (lymph nodes)
You may also have pain, muscle weakness, an...
Numerous questions come up regarding herpes and safe sex and specifically use of condoms. Here's a quick rundown on the dos and don'ts:
Many people are asymptomatic and don't even know that they have herpes so your rule should be to always use a condom with a new or current partner. Latex condoms are the best . Add a spermicidal to increase the effectiveness and protection. If you have herpes and experience genital pain, assume an outbreak is imminent and refrain from having sex (or if this applies to your partner, do not have sex with them). Do not have oral or traditional sex in the presence of lesions - a condom is not sufficient protection. Be aware that if active virus is present outside the area covered by the condom - you can transmit herpes or if you are using a condom and your genitalia come in contact with active herpes on the female genitalia, you can contract herpes.
If you are allergic to latex condoms , using lambskin condo...
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