Symptoms of Herpies
Herpies/herpes virus causes one of the most common types of viral infections in the world, and a lack of cure makes them a lifelong issue in people infected with it. The two viruses that come under the larger family of herpies virus or herpiesviridae are the Herpies Simplex Virus 1 or the HSV-1, and the Herpies Simplex Virus 2 or the HSV-2, with the two being the causative agents of oral and genital herpies respectively. The symptoms of herpies produced by these viruses are similar to certain extent even though they affect two widely different regions of the body. Moreover, HSV-1 can cause genital sores if person engages in oral sex with another person having cold sores in their mouth area, which makes transmission of the virus a distinct possibility.
Initial Signs of Herpies:
The herpies virus causes the initial symptoms of the infection around 2 to 20 days after coming in contact with the susceptible host for the very first time. The time taken by the virus to manifest itself can depend on a number of factors such as the physical state of the infected person. The initial symptoms tend to be the most severe in extent because of the vociferous defense mounted by the body, which leads to the development of a flu-like state in a number of people. This primary stage often results in fever, body aches, as well as, swollen lymph nodes. However, these symptoms of herpies can be quite similar to a number of other viral infections as well, which makes it quite challenging to the healthcare experts to detect it without thorough diagnosis.
Symptoms of Herpies Virus 1 & 2:
The most distinctive herpies symptoms are the development of the watery blisters on the body, with the predominant location of the blisters depending upon the type of herpies virus causing the infection. HSV-1 causes the blisters to occur in and around the oral region primarily, with some of them appearing even inside the mouth and on the tongue. On the other hand, the genital region is the primary focus for the appearance of the blisters, so far as the HSV-2 is concerned. Therefore, the part of the body where the blisters appear initially can also be an excellent sign for detecting the type of herpies virus infecting a person.
The blisters that appear as among the most distinctive of the symptoms of herpies contain fluid in them that tend to be either watery or cloudy in their visual appearance. Moreover, these blisters are extremely soft, and tend to break open forming open sores at the slightest of instances. The sores and blisters appear only during the initial stage of infection, and then alter when certain aggravating factors reactivate the virus from its latent phase to multiply and shed new virus. When the virus first enters through the skin surface, it quickly swims towards the nerve pathway, and then integrates itself with the nerve endings. This way it manages to evade even the most potent of antiviral medications during its latent phase. However, as soon as any aggravating factor triggers its reactivation, it starts multiplying and shedding the newly formed virus into the host. If any of the affected nerve-endings happen to be near any of the body fluids such as semen, or saliva, then these fluids can also carry the virus during its active phase.
Apart from the blisters and sores that heal with characteristic scabbing, the other common signs of herpies caused by HSV-2 include a tingling and irritating sensation in the genital region, as well as, persistent itching in the affected area. Some may also develop cracked and raw areas around their genital region, which may or may not have the itching and tingling sensation. The blisters often break out and ooze liquid, while their presence inside the urethra can cause considerable pain and distress while passing urine. This condition is particularly common among women who may experience distress and discomfort due to the presence of large number of these sores inside their vaginal or urinary tract. However, some women may have the sores only near or on their cervix, which makes them largely asymptomatic. Apart from the genitals, that is the penis and the vagina, these sores, and blisters might be present on thighs, buttocks, and the anal region as well.
HSV-1, on the hand, causes blisters and sores primary in the oral and facial region. However, these sores and blisters represent the active phase of the virus during which it is highly contagious and can pass on to others through casual contacts such as sharing of meals and home utensils, as well as, physical intimacy such as kissing. The oozing blisters and common sores, along with fever, and muscle pain in the neck area are among the most common symptoms of herpies infection in the oral region. However, the blisters caused by HSV-1 can appear in other parts of the body as well, while it can cause genital herpies in those engaging in oral sex with other people having cold sores and blisters in their mouth area.
Symptoms of Eye Herpies:
Herpies/herpes virus can even spread to the eyes causing a condition termed as Herpies Keratitis, which results in pain and light sensitivity, as well as, cloudy vision and even loss of eyesight in the absence of prompt and proper treatment. The herpies symptoms provide an excellent way for those infected to opt for antiviral medications and get prompt relief, while also taking care to prevent its spread to others.
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