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I'm convinced my Herpes has a mind of its
own. The nasty little guy always seems
to know when I have an important deadline, get a new job, and of course, meet a
potential lover. And even when none of
the above is happening, the jerk just decides to pop his head out and give me a
hard time about once every two weeks.
Yes, I'm one of the *lucky* ones who have recurring, sometimes constant,
outbreaks. We are the portion of the
Herpes-carrying population who deal with the disease on a regular basis. (Oh to be a carrier sans outbreaks!) It affects our daily lives and yet we are
quieted by social norms...suffering silently.
You can't very well go to work and tell your boss: "Gee, my
genitals are really on fire today, I think I'm gonna stand during the
meeting." We are cheated of
sympathy that other disease-carriers get, yet the emotional and physical
suffering is deep. If you're reading
this then chances are you have Herpes as well...
Studies show that genital herpes simplex virus is common. In the United States, one out of five of the total adolescent and adult population are infected with herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes simplex viruses (HSV). HSV type 2 is the one that most commonly causes genital herpes . You can get HSV type 2 during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. The infection causes painful sores on the genitals in both men and women. HSV type 1 is the herpes virus that is usually responsible for cold sores of the mouth, the so-called " fever blisters." You get HSV-1 by coming into contact with the saliva of an infected person. However, HSV type 1 can cause genital herpes, usually caused by oral-genital sexual contact with a person who has the oral HSV-1 infection, and HSV type 2 can cause cold sores. Herpes can be treated but not cured. Symptoms appear briefly and then disappear; the disease lies dormant in nerve cells, but it may be reactivated by str...
Alternative Names Aphthous ulcer; Ulcer - aphthous Symptoms Canker sores usually appear on the inner surface of the cheeks and lips, tongue, soft palate, and the base of the gums. Symptoms include: One or more painful, red spots or bump that develops into an open ulcer Middle of the sore is white or yellow Usually small (under 1 cm) but occasionally larger Sore may turn gray just before starting to heal Less common symptoms include: Fever General discomfort or uneasiness (malaise) Swollen lymph nodes Pain usually goes away in 7 to 10 days. It can take 1 to 3 weeks for a canker sore to completely heal. Large ulcers can take longer to heal. Sometimes, a severe outbreak of canker sores may be accompanied by nonspecific symptoms of illness, such as fever. Signs and tests Your health care provider can often make the diagnosis by looking at the sore. If canker sores persist or continue to return, tests should be done to look for other causes, such as erythema multiforme , drug allergies , herpes infection, a...
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