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...
Getting off the Emotional Rollercoaster
When you were told that you had herpes , what was your reaction? Fear? Shock? Anger? Sadness? Or Resolution?
I’ve seen all of these reactions … and others.
The initial reaction to the news that you have herpes is often a major one, often involving involves many negative emotions.
Let’s face it, no one wants a lifelong disease, particularly one that unfortunately often carries significant stigma.
First, let’s deal with the chronic disease part of the equation. While it’s true that herpes is caused by a virus that can not currently be eradicated, it’s also true that the disease can be successfully managed – with medication and with lifestyle changes .
Historically, doctors did a lousy job teaching their patients how to cope with a chronic condition. For herpes patients, our answers were medication, safe sex and more medication.
Recently, I was introduced to a program that seeks to change that. It’s a six week set of seminars that...
One issue that seems fuzzy to a lot of us who have herpes is whether it can be transmitted to or by hands. It’s an important question, since the hand is one part of the body that never gets protected during safe sex. (Hand condoms? For some reason I just don’t think it would catch on.) Not to mention that someone with herpes will inevitably touch oneself on or near the infected area and should know the risks of autoinoculation.
In general, HSV-1 and -2 can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, but typically only where mucous membranes or cuts in the skin are present. For those who don’t know, a mucous membrane is a lubricating lining that covers a passage between inside the body and outside. The most well known mucous membranes are in the genitals and the mouth. By exposing a hand to the genitals of someone with genital herpes, or the mouth of someone with oral herpes, there is little chance of infecting the ha...
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