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Know More About Herpes Zoster!

Dr. Swarup Kumar Ghosh 88% (82 ratings)
MD - Bio-Chemistry, MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata
Know More About Herpes Zoster!

Herpes Zoster-
It is also called shingles. It is a painful localized skin rash with blisters that is caused by the varicella zoster virus (vzv). This is the same virus that also causes 
Chickenpox. If anyone who has had chickenpox can develop this because vzv remains in the nerve cells of the body after the chickenpox infection clears and vzv can reappear years later causing shingles.
So, mostly found in older adults and people who have weak immune systems because of stress, injury, certain medicines, or other reasons. Most people who get shingles will get better and will not get it again. 

Causes- Varicella zoster virus.

Risk factors-

  • Advance age.
  • Emotinal stress.
  • Mechanical trauma.
  • Female gender.
  • Weak immune system.

Symptoms-

  • Painful rashes.
  • Bodyache.
  • Photophobia.
  • Fever.
  • Headache.
  • Severe itching.
  • Blisters.
  • Change in vision.
  • Feelings like flu.


Management-
Hospital admission should be considered for patients with severe symptoms and ophthalmic involvement. 

Diet-

  • Vitamin b-6 is an important nutrient for those suffering from shingle as it benefits the nerves. Some of the foods that are rich in vitamin b-6 include potatoes, bananas and nuts.
  • Garlic is a natural source of antioxidants and is a natural antibiotic as well. Drink lots of water as this will help your body flush out the impurities from your system.
  • Avoid some food like. Alcohol, caffeine, fast food, junk food, choclates etc.


Homoeopathy works very well here. Some medicines are described here. You can select on the basis of similimum.

  • Arsenic, Chronic herpes with burning pains, clusters are dark and deep.
  • Graphites, Herpes on genital organs.
  • Mez, Intolerable itch, shinning or fiery red vescicles, thick purulent matter exudes.
  • Rhus tox, It reduces the pain of herpes.
  • Hypericum, Herpes in circular patches, occuring along the course of spinal nerve, generally found in men.
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Herpes

Dr. Jagatjit Singh 90% (258 ratings)
MBBS, DHMS-Harvard, Masters in Clinical Dermatology
Dermatologist, Chandigarh
Herpes

Herpes is an infection caused by HSV (herpes simplex virus). This virus affects the external genitalia, anal region, mucosal surfaces, and skin in other parts of the body.

In this article, we discuss the symptoms of herpes, how to treat it, and how to avoid it.

Symptoms

Primary infection symptoms

Primary infection is a term used for an outbreak of genital herpes that occurs when a person is first infected. The symptoms can be quite severe and may include:

In most cases, the ulcers will heal, and the individual will not have any lasting scars.

Causes

When HSV is present on the surface of the skin of an infected person, it can easily be passed on to someone else through the moist skin that lines the mouth, anus, and genitals. The virus may also spread to another individual through other areas of skin, as well as the eyes.

  • having unprotected vaginal or anal sex
  • having oral sex with a person who gets cold sores
  • having genital contact with an infected person

The virus is most likely to be passed on just before the blister appears, when it is visible, and until the blister is completely healed. HSV can still be transmitted to another person when there are no signs of an outbreak, although it is less likely.

If a mother with genital herpes has sores while giving birth, it is possible that the infection will be passed on to the baby.

Treatment

There are a variety of treatment options. These include:

  • taking painkillers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • bathing in lightly salted water helps relieve symptoms
  • soaking in a warm sitz bath
  • applying petroleum jelly to the affected area
  • avoiding tight clothing around the affected area
  • washing hands thoroughly, especially after touching the affected area
  • refraining from sexual activity until symptoms have gone
  • If urinating is painful, apply some cream or lotion to the urethra, for example, lidocaine

Some people find that using ice packs can help. Never apply ice directly to the skin, always wrap it in a cloth or towel first.

Medication

No drug can get rid of the herpes virus. Doctors may prescribe an antiviral, such as acyclovir, which prevents the virus from multiplying. Antiviral medications will help the outbreak clear up faster and will also help reduce the severity of symptoms.

Prevention tips

To reduce the risk of developing or passing on genital herpes:

  • use condoms when having sex
  • do not have sex while symptoms are present (genital, anal, or skin-to-skin)
  • do not kiss when there is a cold sore around the mouth
  • do not have many sexual partners

Some people find that stress, being tired, illness, friction against the skin, or sunbathing may trigger recurrences of symptoms. Identifying and avoiding these triggers may help reduce the number of recurrences.

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What Is Genital Herpes?

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 92% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
What Is Genital Herpes?

What is Genital Herpes?

Genital herpes is a common infectious disease caused by a virus that infects genital areas. It is a common sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women.

Symptoms of Genital Herpes-  

  • Fever, headache, and muscle aches
  • Painful, itchy blisters in the genital region
  • Painful urination
  • Swollen and tender lymph nodes in the groin
  • Tingling, burning, itching, and redness at the site where an outbreak is about to occur
  • Depressed state or irritability

Causes of Genital Herpes-

Genital herpes is caused by a virus known as Herpes Simplex Virus-1 and Herpes Simplex Virus-2

Risk factors of Genital Herpes-

  • Having many sexual partners
  • Women are more likely to have genital herpes than are men

Complications of Genital Herpes-

  • Bladder problems
  • Meningitis
  • Newborn infection
  • Other sexually transmitted infections
  • Rectal inflammation (proctitis)

Diagnosis of Genital Herpes-

Diagnosis of genital herpes includes the following:

  • Physical exam
  • DNA test
  • Blood test
  • Viral culture

 Precautions & Prevention of Genital Herpes-

  • Avoid sexual contact if you have genital herpes
  • Avoid sexual contact with many partners
  • Limit the number of sex partners
  • Use a latex condom during each sexual contact

Treatment of Genital Herpes

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Genital Herpes
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Genital Herpes
  • Psychotherapy Treatment of Genital Herpes
  • Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Genital Herpes
  • Surgical Treatment of Genital Herpes
  • Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Genital Herpes
  • Other Treatment of Genital Herpes

Treatment of Genital Herpes  

Homeopathic Treatment of Genital Herpes-

Homeopathic medicines take care of the acute symptoms and prevent recurrence of the infection. It helps in alleviating the lesions, the pain and the discomfort associated with genital Herpes. Some of the homeopathic remedies for treatment of genital herpes are:

  • Natrum mur
  • Petroleum
  • Dulcamara
  • Graphites
  • Hepar-sulph
  • Medorrhinum
  • Anancardium

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Genital Herpes-

Acupuncture treatment of genital herpes put down outbreaks, lengthens the remission period between outbreaks and prevents recurrences. It works by causing the release of endorphins to relieve pain or influencing neurotransmitters.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Genital Herpes-

Hypnotherapy is psychotherapy techniques that may be useful for dealing with the emotional pain sometimes associated with having genital herpes. Sex therapy may be required to manage sex life.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Genital Herpes-

Allopathic treatment for herpes simplex is, topical applications of the drug, acyclovir (Zovirax).

Surgical Treatment of Genital Herpes-

There is no need for surgical treatment for genital herpes.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Genital Herpes-

  • Avoid chocolates
  • Diet for genital herpes is a protein named lysine, which is found in potatoes, beans, chicken, fish, and milk.

Other Treatment of Genital Herpes-

When an outbreak of blisters occurs, a warm sitz bath can soothe the pain and irritation.

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Five Causes Of Tingling In The Penis And How To Cope?

Dr. Vinod Raina 88% (6207 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Five Causes Of Tingling In The Penis And How To Cope?

Five Causes of Tingling in the Penis and How to Cope

Tingling in the penis is not something a man should ignore. There are several different types of tingles, and while most are easy to remedy, some can be quite serious. Tingling, as it is referred to in this article, is more of the pins and needles variety and less of the burning sort. The sensation can feel like little pricks in the penis or have the intensity of lightning. The following are some of the things that men should look out for when tingling becomes more than just a momentary phenomenon.

1) Contact Dermatitis - Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction or irritation of the skin from contact with a foreign substance. The most common culprits are soaps, detergents, body lotions, environmental allergens like poison ivy, and jewelry. There may be some tingling in addition to a rash. Usually, a cortisone cream can help clear it up quickly. If the contact dermatitis is the result of a penile piercing, the piercing will need to be removed.

2) Paresthesia - The tingling is a result of nerve damage and is most common in men who have diabetes or a chronic neurological condition like multiple sclerosis. In this case, other parts of the body will also suffer from tingling, not just the penis. See a doctor immediately for medical consultation.

3) Genital Herpes - A tingly penis is a sign of genital herpes. The sensation is often described as "electrical" tingly and is usually accompanied by breakouts on the penis. An incurable STD, genital herpes requires immediate care for outbreak treatment and then maintenance for the infected person's entire life. While incurable, it can be managed effectively. People with genital herpes need to contact a past partner once they have an outbreak and tell all new intimate partners prior to sexual contact even if they aren't having an outbreak.

4) Genital Warts - genital warts caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) deserve special mention. Most times, the sensation just before a wart appears is a tingle, but once the wart is visible, the sensation morphs into more of an itch. The bumps can be painless, itchy while growing, and turn bloody during sex. Sadly, 70 percent of people who have sex with someone with HPV will develop warts within 90 days. However, maintaining a healthy level of vitamin A in the diet can greatly reduce the chance of catching and spreading the disease. Various vaccinations can protect men and women from HPV and there are also prescriptions that can help once an outbreak happens. See a doctor as soon as symptoms appear.

5) Kidney Stones - Kidney stones will generally start with pressure and tingling. However, the pain will intensify into more of a stabbing pain until the stone is passed (expect to see a little a blood in the urine) or is surgically removed. Men who think they have a kidney stone should consult their physician immediately.

Preventing and Relieving Tingling in the Penis

Depending on the cause, men who have a tingly penis should always consult a physician if they feel the issue is serious. Proper penis health begins at home though with a few words to the wise when keeping the penis healthy and in best form.

When in intimate situations, practice safe sex and talk about sex with a partner to ensure all pertinent medical information is known. Conditions such as HPV and genital herpes can be contracted while using protection, so it's important to understand the risk.

Also, keep the penis thoroughly cleaned and well moisturized. Use a mild cleanser like baby shampoo or a clearer with gentle, natural ingredients. After cleansing the skin, a specially formulated penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) should be applied. Nutrient creams that are designed specifically for the penis should contain ingredients such as vitamins A, C, D, and E, which are renowned for their skin-soothing and curative properties. Men should look for a moisturizer containing a natural moisturizer such as Shea butter, which soothes itchy skin on contact and leaves it hydrated, supple and less prone to future drying and itching. For men with nerve damage, a crème that also includes L-Carnitine is ideal as it has been shown to protect against peripheral nerve damage common to diabetes and neurological diseases.

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Five Causes Of Tingling In The Penis And How to Cope?

Dr. Vinod Raina 88% (6207 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Five Causes Of Tingling In The Penis And How to Cope?

Five Causes of Tingling in the Penis and How to Cope?

Tingling in the penis is not something a man should ignore. There are several different types of tingles, and while most are easy to remedy, some can be quite serious. Tingling, as it is referred to in this article, is more of the pins and needles variety and less of the burning sort. The sensation can feel like little pricks in the penis or have the intensity of lightning. The following are some of the things that men should look out for when tingling becomes more than just a momentary phenomenon.

1) Contact Dermatitis - Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction or irritation of the skin from contact with a foreign substance. The most common culprits are soaps, detergents, body lotions, environmental allergens like poison ivy, and jewelry. There may be some tingling in addition to a rash. Usually, a cortisone cream can help clear it up quickly. If the contact dermatitis is the result of a penile piercing, the piercing will need to be removed.

2) Paresthesia - The tingling is a result of nerve damage and is most common in men who have diabetes or a chronic neurological condition like multiple sclerosis. In this case, other parts of the body will also suffer from tingling, not just the penis. See a doctor immediately for medical consultation.

3) Genital Herpes - A tingly penis is a sign of genital herpes. The sensation is often described as "electrical" tingly and is usually accompanied by breakouts on the penis. An incurable STD, genital herpes requires immediate care for outbreak treatment and then maintenance for the infected person's entire life. While incurable, it can be managed effectively. People with genital herpes need to contact a past partner once they have an outbreak and tell all new intimate partners prior to sexual contact even if they aren't having an outbreak.

4) Genital Warts - genital warts caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) deserve special mention. Most times, the sensation just before a wart appears is a tingle, but once the wart is visible, the sensation morphs into more of an itch. The bumps can be painless, itchy while growing, and turn bloody during sex. Sadly, 70 percent of people who have sex with someone with HPV will develop warts within 90 days. However, maintaining a healthy level of vitamin A in the diet can greatly reduce the chance of catching and spreading the disease. Various vaccinations can protect men and women from HPV and there are also prescriptions that can help once an outbreak happens. See a doctor as soon as symptoms appear.

5) Kidney Stones - Kidney stones will generally start with pressure and tingling. However, the pain will intensify into more of a stabbing pain until the stone is passed (expect to see a little a blood in the urine) or is surgically removed. Men who think they have a kidney stone should consult their physician immediately.

Preventing and Relieving Tingling in the Penis

Depending on the cause, men who have a tingly penis should always consult a physician if they feel the issue is serious. Proper penis health begins at home though with a few words to the wise when keeping the penis healthy and in best form.

When in intimate situations, practice safe sex and talk about sex with a partner to ensure all pertinent medical information is known. Conditions such as HPV and genital herpes can be contracted while using protection, so it's important to understand the risk.

Also, keep the penis thoroughly cleaned and well moisturized. Use a mild cleanser like baby shampoo or a clearer with gentle, natural ingredients. After cleansing the skin, a specially formulated penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) should be applied. Nutrient creams that are designed specifically for the penis should contain ingredients such as vitamins A, C, D, and E, which are renowned for their skin-soothing and curative properties. Men should look for a moisturizer containing a natural moisturizer such as Shea butter, which soothes itchy skin on contact and leaves it hydrated, supple and less prone to future drying and itching. For men with nerve damage, a crème that also includes L-Carnitine is ideal as it has been shown to protect against peripheral nerve damage common to diabetes and neurological diseases.

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Treat Herpes Simplex With Homoeopathy!

Dr. Anil Raghav 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, DHMS (Diploma In Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery)
Homeopath, Ghaziabad
Treat Herpes Simplex With Homoeopathy!

Sexually contracted diseases have moved centre-stage over the past few decades due to the sudden spurt in the HIV-AIDS cases, particularly in some African countries. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is one such condition brought about by sexual contact. The condition is seen in 2 types, Type 1 and Type 2; the former affecting the mouth and the latter, the genitals. The affected person can experience horrible pain and discomfort. Homeopathy, though a form of medicine established centuries before diseases like Herpes were detected, still has remedies.

  1. Herpes Simplex is contracted through direct, unprotected sexual contact with a person already suffering from the infection
  2. Herpes is a virus and is highly contagious
  3. Common symptoms include ulcers and sores on the skin
  4. The lesions are visible in the areas affected based on the type, near the mouth in type 1 and over the genitals in type 2
  5. Other symptoms, like flu-like headaches and painful urination, are also reported
  6. As mentioned, Herpes is caused by sexual contact and in many cases, the symptoms may not show up immediately and may lay underneath
  7. Physical examination and questioning the affected person on behavioural history, particularly sexual activity, will reveal the exact status to the doctor. In specific cases, a swatch of the affected area can be sent for microscopic examination
  8. Homeopathy has an effective treatment for Herpes Simplex
  9. Homeopathy looks at the long-term cure of the condition
  10. Some of the remedies for Herpes under Homeopathy are Nitric acid, Thuja Occidentalis, Causticum, Medorrhinum, Silica
  11. These are the elements and the medical practitioner will synthesise the elements in the right proportion and prescribe the doses
  12. As it is practised in most Homeopathy treatments, the medicine is orally administered and the granules or tablets have to be taken continuously for a long period
  13. Though each case would be different and the intensity of the condition would guide the treatment, there are common recommendations given to all affected individuals
  14. Unprotected sex should be strictly avoided. Even in the case of protected sex, contact with unknown persons should be averted
  15. The treatment for Herpes Simplex under Homeopathy may last from 12 to 24 months
  16. But the treatment is meant to be a cure and ensure that the person is protected from future infections too
  17. Several natural supplements are also a part of the long-term solutions to ensure that the holistic health of the males and females is maintained
  18. Several suggestions are given to Herpes affected persons on the right kind of food items to consume

Homeopathy has an answer to virtually every condition, including some the ailments which have surfaced during this generation. But the treatment takes care of not only addressing the immediate condition but also finding long-term solution and prevention of future relapsing of the condition. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Herpes Zooster: Symptoms & Treatment

Dr. Amey Kelkar 87% (57 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Dermatologist, Pune
Herpes Zooster: Symptoms & Treatment

Herpes

Herpes zoster is a common viral infection caused by varicella zoster virus.  It is generally easy to diagnose this condition based on clinical findings. However in certain cases, systemic or internal involvement might occur, and this might prove as a challenge even to an experienced physician.

Clinical Features:

Herpes zoster may present with fever, malaise, headache or anorexia in the initial phases. The symptoms are generally mild and may not be present in some patients. The symptoms are generally followed by a rash which is typical of herpes zoster. Herpes zoster generally presents unilaterally, that is on one side of the body. However bilateral presentation has been noted in some cases. The rash is generally associated with severe pain or burning sensation. In some cases, the pain is so severe that the patient has difficulty in wearing clothes. Photophobia or intolerance to light is also present in certain cases.

Herpes zoster is generally a harmless disease and does not have any systemic effects. However in severe cases, organ involvement might occur.

An important complication of herpes zoster is post herpetic neuralgia. In this condition, the patient experiences severe pain as well as burning sensation even after the rash subsides.

Treatment:

Drugs like acyclovir, valcyclovir and femciclovir are used in the management of this condition. Medications like paracetamol are given in case of prodromal symptoms like fever.

Herpes

Herpes zoster is a common viral infection caused by varicella zoster virus.  It is generally easy to diagnose this condition based on clinical findings. However in certain cases, systemic or internal involvement might occur, and this might prove as a challenge even to an experienced physician.

Clinical Features:

Herpes zoster may present with fever, malaise, headache or anorexia in the initial phases. The symptoms are generally mild and may not be present in some patients. The symptoms are generally followed by a rash which is typical of herpes zoster. Herpes zoster generally presents unilaterally, that is on one side of the body. However bilateral presentation has been noted in some cases. The rash is generally associated with severe pain or burning sensation. In some cases, the pain is so severe that the patient has difficulty in wearing clothes. Photophobia or intolerance to light is also present in certain cases.

Herpes zoster is generally a harmless disease and does not have any systemic effects. However in severe cases, organ involvement might occur.

An important complication of herpes zoster is post herpetic neuralgia. In this condition, the patient experiences severe pain as well as burning sensation even after the rash subsides.

Treatment:

Drugs like acyclovir, valcyclovir and femciclovir are used in the management of this condition. Medications like paracetamol are given in case of prodromal symptoms like fever.

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Solving the Itchy Penis: Is It Jock Itch or Herpes?

Dr. Vinod Raina 88% (6207 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Solving the Itchy Penis: Is It Jock Itch or Herpes?

Solving the Itchy Penis: Is It Jock Itch or Herpes?

When a man has an itch that just won't go away, it's natural to start to worry about what might be causing it. That's especially true when it's an itchy penis he's dealing with. To make matters worse, a man who is sexually active might have cause to believe he has contracted herpes, even if he practiced the best penis care possible during his encounter.

The good news is that for most guys, that itchy penis will turn out to simply be a case of bad jock itch. But for others, the dreaded news of a herpes infection is in their future. How can a guy get insight into which diagnosis he will get for that itchy penis?

The symptoms of jock itch

Many guys wind up with jock itch at some point in their lives, and it's certainly no fun. The biggest symptom is an unrelenting, maddening itch, which can actually morph into pain rather quickly. The pain will be centered on the inner thighs, buttocks and groin. It's especially prominent in the darker areas of the body, such as the bend between the thigh and the torso. That's because it's caused by a tiny fungal spore that thrives in moisture and darkness. That's also why men who tend to work out a lot and sweat plenty down there are more likely to develop jock itch. To make matters worse, a guy will often develop an inflamed, red rash along the affected areas.

The symptoms of herpes

Herpes also presents with terrible itching, which is why men will often worry that their itchy penis is caused by this sexually transmitted disease. In addition, a guy might notice that he feels as though he is coming down with the flu, complete with muscle aches, headache, fever and even swollen lymph nodes. Shortly after this, a guy will start to see tiny blisters appear. They might look like a red rash at first, which can make a man think it's just jock itch. But as the situation progresses, that redness will turn into blisters, very warm to the touch, that are filled with fluid. When the blisters pop, it creates a crusty sore that can be quite painful.

Why they might seem similar?

In the beginning of each situation, a man might see redness and some spots that create an overall rash. But in jock itch, the redness might be interspersed with tiny blisters, especially near the edges of the red areas. These tiny blisters don't pop, rarely excrete fluid and go away quickly. With herpes, on the other hand, the blisters pop and turn into sores, and they linger for two weeks or so before they dissipate. In addition, remember that a herpes outbreak often comes along with flu-like symptoms; jock itch does not.

Appropriate treatments

The best treatments for jock itch and herpes are quite different. For jock itch, a doctor will prescribe an anti-fungal cream to be slathered on the area for a few days. This usually works quite well. A guy will also need to step up his penis care game and pay more attention to careful showers, especially after workouts or other sweaty events.

Herpes typically requires a course of medication during breakouts. Some people will choose to take medications on a daily basis to prevent breakouts in the first place. Again, good penis care is essential, especially the use of a condom during sexual activity. This not only protects a guy's junk, but protects his partners from contracting herpes from him.

For any condition that might cause an itchy penis, a man should reach for a specially formulated penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). The use of this crème can help ensure good daily penis care. A crème that contains alpha lipoic acid to fight the free radicals that can cause skin damage is always a good idea. And since treatments for an itchy penis often result in dry penis skin, a crème that contains luxurious Shea butter and a dose of healthy vitamin E is recommended.

3 Ways To Diagnose Herpes!

Dr. Bindu Srivastava 91% (121 ratings)
MS, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Noida
3 Ways To Diagnose Herpes!

Herpes is caused due to the presence of the herpes simplex virus in your body. Herpes can appear on multiple areas of your body, but more commonly manifests in the genitals as well as the mouth. The two types of herpes are HSV-1 (oral herpes) and HSV-2 (responsible primarily for the outbreak of genital herpes). 

Causes of Herpes Simplex:

  1. Herpes is contagious in nature and can be passed to you by having sexual intercourse with anyone who has been infected. HSV 2 is the primary form of the virus, which is transmitted in this manner. 
  2. Herpes could be transmitted to an infant from their mother if she was infected while pregnant
  3. It can also get passed through direct contact like using the same plates or spoons or even the sharing of lip balm. Even kissing can spread the virus if the infected person has cold sores.

Symptoms of Herpes Simplex:

  1. The presence of blistering sores within the mouth or in the genital area is a telltale sign that you may have contracted genital herpes.
  2. If you are having painful urination then you should check with your doctor for the herpes virus.
  3. Continuous itching in certain areas such as the genitals.
  4. Not wanting to eat, having a fever could also be symptoms of herpes simplex virus in your body.
  5. Herpes can spread to your eyes and is known as herpes keratitis. It can cause pain in your eyes.

Diagnosis of Herpes Simplex:

  1. The common way to diagnose herpes is with an actual physical exam. Doctors will generally look out for sores on your body and may also check for some similar symptoms which might indicate herpes simplex. 
  2. HSV testing (alternately called herpes culture) is done to check the presence of a virus on the genitals. A fluid sample from the genitals is sent to laboratory for tests and will require a visit to the health center.
  3. There are blood tests to look for antibodies for both forms of HSV to diagnose the infections. However, this test is done only when there is and absence of sores or visible symptoms.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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3 Causes Of Herpes!

Dr. Prabhjot Manchanda 93% (819 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
3 Causes Of Herpes!

Herpes is caused due to the presence of the herpes simplex virus in your body. Herpes can appear on multiple areas of your body, but more commonly manifests in the genitals as well as the mouth. The two types of herpes are HSV-1 (oral herpes) and HSV-2 (responsible primarily for the outbreak of genital herpes). 

Causes of Herpes Simplex:

  1. Herpes is contagious in nature and can be passed to you by having sexual intercourse with anyone who has been infected. HSV 2 is the primary form of the virus, which is transmitted in this manner. 
  2. Herpes could be transmitted to an infant from their mother if she was infected while pregnant
  3. It can also get passed through direct contact like using the same plates or spoons or even the sharing of lip balm. Even kissing can spread the virus if the infected person has cold sores.

Symptoms of Herpes Simplex:

  1. The presence of blistering sores within the mouth or in the genital area is a telltale sign that you may have contracted genital herpes.
  2. If you are having painful urination then you should check with your doctor for the herpes virus.
  3. Continuous itching in certain areas such as the genitals.
  4. Not wanting to eat, having a fever could also be symptoms of herpes simplex virus in your body.
  5. Herpes can spread to your eyes and is known as herpes keratitis. It can cause pain in your eyes.

Diagnosis of Herpes Simplex:

  1. The common way to diagnose herpes is with an actual physical exam. Doctors will generally look out for sores on your body and may also check for some similar symptoms which might indicate herpes simplex. 
  2. HSV testing (alternately called herpes culture) is done to check the presence of a virus on the genitals. A fluid sample from the genitals is sent to laboratory for tests and will require a visit to the health center.
  3. There are blood tests to look for antibodies for both forms of HSV to diagnose the infections. However, this test is done only when there is and absence of sores or visible symptoms.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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