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Herpes virus or more commonly known as, Herpes Simplex Virus is a viral disease that infects more than one part of the body. If it occurs in the oral region, or commonly, lip region, it is called as Herpes labialis/Oral herpes. If it infects the genitalia, it is known as Genital Herpes.

Common symptoms of herpes include cold sores, blisters, ulceration, painful urination and fever/malaise.

Conditions associated with Herpes:

There are a number of conditions associated with the herpes virus, such as:

  • Primary herpetic gingivostomatitis
  • Herpes labials (oral herpes)
  • Herpes genitalis (genital herpes)
  • Herpetic whitlow (fingers and thumbs are affected)
  • Herpes meningitis (affecting Brain)
  • Herpes esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus)

Transmission of Herpes:

Herpes can be transferred by either direct contact or indirect contact. Transmission occurs through direct contact by contacting an active lesion, or fluid of an infected person. It can occur through direct skin-to-skin contact through intercourse, as well as through oral sex, so it is classified under the list of contagious diseases. Indirect transmission occurs by the infected person coming in contact with a normal person, and even without the exchange of bodily fluids, the transmission occurs.

Diagnosing Herpes:

  • Culture of the virus
  • Immun0 fluorescent antibody test
  • Skin biopsy
  • Polymerase chain reaction test
  • Blood tests

Prevention of Herpes:

Since herpes is mostly a sexually transmitted disease, it can be best avoided by the use of condoms. Both males and females can use condoms as a mode of protection against this disease.

Management of Herpes virus:

There is the medicinal treatment of herpes present, as well as home remedies for herpes present. Medicinal treatment includes antivirals such as Nystatin, and Acyclovir, etc.

Natural cure for herpes includes:

  • Application of petroleum jelly, or Vaseline to the infected area to keep it moisturized.
  • Avoiding tight clothing in/around the infected area
  • Washing hands after touching the infected area
  • Ice packs
  • Apple cider vinegar usage
  • Use of garlic cloves
  • Lemon infused balms
  • Licorice root
  • Peppermint tea
  • Tea tree oil usage
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Lysine-rich foods such as nuts, mangoes, soya, and eggs
  • Salt infused baths

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