Herpes Outbreaks: Treatment and Medicine

Anyone who has been infected with the herpes virus knows how hard it is to deal will all the problems that come with it. The embarassing cold sores and the painful blisters on the skin can be difficult to deal with. They’re not only uncomfortable, they can also be really painful. Here are some ways to help yourself fight off these problems caused by the virus.
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Herpes Symptoms: What You Need to Know Now

Herpes Symptoms

Herpes symptoms are often different between cases. Some people may have symptoms that others will not have. Other people may have no symptoms at all, which can be called asymptomatic herpes symptoms.

In this page:

  • Symptoms Experienced in the First Outbreak
  • What Happens During a Recurring Outbreak?
  • When and How Often Do Outbreaks Occur?
  • Symptoms That Can Be Mistaken for Herpes

Symptoms Experienced In the First Outbreak

The first outbreak of herpes symptoms is unique from all other recurrences. It is often severe herpes symptomsand very uncomfortable for a lot of people because the body would not have had enough time yet to develop antibodies for the virus.

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These symptoms occur usually within a range of two to twenty days from the first point of infection and can often last for up to two weeks. At the same time, for some people, the first outbreak might be so mild that symptoms are barely noticeable, if at all.

Among the symptoms that you will notice are:

1) Cold Sores
2) Blisters in the genital area that scab over and later heal
3) Burning, tingling or itchy sensation on the skin
4) Swollen lymph nodes
5) Flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches and fever
6) Burning sensation or Discharge from the genitals
7) Lower back pain

What Happens During a Recurring Outbreak?

When an outbreak recurs, the most common symptom is usually the reappearance of blisters on the skin. However, these herpes symptoms would be noticeably less severe than the first time an outbreak occurs. Often, when initial warning of herpes symptoms are felt (known as prodromal symptoms), a doctor recommends the use of antiviral drugs such as Valtrex to lessen the severity of the symptoms. These drugs are often used to help the body fight off the virus and makes the disease less potent. Recurrences often do not last as long as the first outbreak. However, post-herpetic neuralgia can still occur.

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When and How Often Do Outbreaks Occur?

In the first year of an infection, you will often have more outbreaks than the next few years. Statistically, people usually have about four outbreaks per year but as time passes and the body adapts to the virus, outbreaks occur less and less. An outbreak recurs when the virus starts to replicate once more and moves to the site of the primary infection on the skin. When this happens, a new cycle of herpes symptoms starts. The more noticeable signs of an outbreak are bumps or irregularities on your skin that can develop into sores and blisters. These will usually be found on the areas of infection such as between the legs, the facial area or on your butt.

Outbreaks occur for a number of reasons but the primary cause of herpes symptoms recurring is when the immune system becomes depressed and allows the virus to once again replicate and spread throughout the body. The following factors could bring about a depressed immune system and cause a herpes outbreak:

1) Menstruation
2) Too much stress or anxiety
3) Sexual intercourse
4) Fatigue
5) Another illness

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Symptoms Can Get Worse If You Don’t Act

You know an outbreak is about to occur when you start to feel the virus becoming active in your body. You will feel some tingling or burning sensation on your skin. You may develop flu-like symptoms or even a fever. Your lymph nodes will start to swell and you may experience painful urination or some numbness. Now would be a good time to see a doctor or take some herpes treatments.

Symptoms that Can be Mistaken for Herpes

Sometimes, you can have symptoms that mimic the occurrence of herpes. You should not be alarmed about this but instead youshould be cautious. If you think you have anything that resembles herpes, you have to abstain from sexual intercourse or making skin contact with people until you are sure that it is not herpes. Some common symptoms that you can mistake for herpes are yeast infections, hemorrhoids, jock itch and even severe insect bites can be mistaken for herpes symptoms.

If you think you have an outbreak coming, act fast! You may still be able to stop it. By getting help early, you can make the symptoms less severe and will not last as long if you do not get treatment right away.

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Garlic Herpes?

There have been reports that garlic helps in providing a cure for herpes.

Do you think this is true? Is there a possibility that this kind of treatment can work?

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Possible New Cure for Herpes

A new vaccine is being developed that may offer a potential way to cure painful cold sores and shingles.

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Jessica Alba has Herpes?

We’ve been seeing a trend lately that there’s a rumor going around that one of our favorite celebrities, Jessica Alba has herpes.

Is this true? We went looking out to the web and found that she allegedly got it after dating the new York Yankees star, Derek Jeter. And this is all over the news. A source who worked as Jessica’s assistant at the time claims they had to replenish her Valtrex prescription – a treatment for genital herpes – on a regular basis, according to website L.A. Rag Mag.

True or not, herpes is a serious thing and if a celebrity who has the ability to attract a lot of relationships has it, he or she has to be extra careful when it comes to their encounters because you shouldn’t be really spreading the disease. Herpes is a disease that can be transmitted even when there are no visible symptoms and there is definitely no herpes cure.

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Genital Herpes: It Should Not Stop You From Living a Normal Life

We got a nice email from Frances who was kind enough to share her story with us. Please read on and we hope that you can find some inspiration with what she has to say.

I have to base the title above (which was what I told the editors I wanted) this to my own painful but enlightening experience with genital herpes.

I can utterly testify to the fact on how I was able to still live my life the way it was before.

When my doctor first told me that I had just tested positive for a genital herpes infection, I freaked out.

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Not in a million years would I have ever imagined that I would ever get infected with a sexually transmitted disease. I mean, I really was not the kind of person that kind of a risk profile.

Heck, I even make sure that I am sufficiently protected even when I am having sex with my boyfriend (and yes this did weird him out a bit).

My battle against genital herpes took place when I was just 25 years old.

I was living a good life, happy and contented.

I’ll admit that I was a truly sexually active kind of girl. But it was only with my boyfriend whom I love and trusted much. I never really expected that I was about to get infected with a disease like that, which cannot be cured.

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