No matter what have you heard or who told you differently – herpes infection can’t be cured. Doctors have no cure, remedy or any method which could definitively cure this problem. The most common causes of herpes infection in humans are Herpes simplex virus (this HSV) and Herpes zoster. Once herpes virus access human body and infect it, it can cause different health problems. There are two types of HSV, named HSV 1 and HSV 2.
Herpes simplex virus type 1 may cause herpes labialis and this can usually be seen as cold sores or fever blisters on the lips and in the mouth. Virus is found to be extremely contagious and it easily transfers from one person to another by some physical contact with infected saliva. Additionally, some shared objects such as toothbrushes and towels may also spread HSV1 infection. Once this virus got into your system you can’t do anything to get rid of it. Virus will continue to persist in your body and every imbalance in your organism may activate it again and lead to development of painful blisters.
HSV 2 causes genital herpes (also known as herpes genitalis). This is sexually transmitted disease (STD) and millions of people all over the world suffer from this problem. Genital herpes is also highly contagious during some phases of development of the viruses and you should prevent spreading of the virus to some other persons you care about.
This type of herpes virus is responsible for development of chicken pox. It also causes rash and blisters on the body. This is very common childhood disease and it is best if you get over it early in life, for this problem can be much more serious for an adult person than for the child.
Shingles are also associated with herpes viruses and they may appear after some highly stressful episodes in your life, in the form of painful blisters along nerve meridians around the upper part of the body or on the scalp.
Certain treatments may ease symptoms of herpes infection if applied on time. Chemical treatment in early stages of development is said to be helpful for some people infected with herpes. Anti-viral drugs, such as acyclovir (Zovirax) is available as OTC (over the counter) product and can be used against cold sores and fever blisters. Famciclovir (Famvir) and valacyclovir (Valtrex) are prescription drugs for the treatment of genital herpes.
Even though there is no real cure for herpes infection, you can still do something about it. Healthy lifestyle may strengthen your immune system and prevent at least some of the recurrent episodes of herpes.