Herpes labialis is the scientific term for oral herpes, and it’s one of several diseases that the herpes simplex virus causes, this includes genital herpes, herpes keratitis; known to affect the eyes, herpes whitlow; known to affect the fingers, and herpes encephalitis, known to affect the brain and central nervous system. Herpes simplex encephalitis and herpes keratitis are considered to be serious medical conditions, and they can lead to death. The herpes virus consists of two separate types, HSV 1 and HSV 2. Oral herpes emerges after a person contracts HSV 1. It’s HSV 2 that causes genital herpes; however, this isn’t always the case, and occasionally HSV 2 can cause oral herpes and HSV 1 can cause genital herpes. Genital herpes may also cause oral herpes and the other way around. Oral herpes is also referred to as fever blisters and cold sores.
In women, early indicators include fever and oral sores. Asymptomatic infections may also occur, whereby there aren’t any immediate symptoms detected, but could emerge at a later stage in the virus.
Diagnostics and Transmission of the Herpes Virus:
When the initial symptoms oral herpes virus appear, it indicates that the infection has progressed to your skin and your mucus membrane, resulting in the development of fever and cold sores. This causes extreme pain and itching. Later, the virus progresses to the spine, where it resides in the ganglion. Here the virus reproduces, but remains relatively dormant. This is referred to as a latent period, and it’s a distinctive characteristic of the herpes infection. However, the virus may become active and reappear at any time, especially during periods of excessive stress levels. The herpes virus spreads when it comes into direct contact with a person already infected with the virus, entering the body through body fluids and open sores. It’s best to avoid physical or sexual contact, especially if the virus is active and symptoms are apparent. During the dormant period, and when there aren’t any signs of the virus, it’s best to use protection during physical contact.
To prevent the spread of cold sores, it’s best to refrain from physical intimacy, especially if symptoms are present. Any exposed sores need to be routinely cleaned. When infected, touching, hugging, and kissing should be avoided. Hands need to be washed regularly. During sexual intimacy, a condom should be used to prevent the spread of the virus.
Treatment of the herpes virus is accomplished by implementing anti-viral medication such as valacyclovir, valtrex, and/or acyclovir. These help, to some extent, in decreasing the symptoms of the virus. Additionally, there are several individuals recommending unconventional remedies for the herpes virus, such as herbal treatments. How effective these treatments are is still under debate. Oral herpes infection is a traumatic and painful experience, and it can cause a great deal of personal discomfort and public criticism and disapproval. The herpes virus can also be spread unknowingly because the virus doesn’t always reveal symptoms; it can remain active for two or three days before symptoms and sores appear. Although there is generally some pain and itching experienced by the infected individual, this is not always the case. It is entirely possible that the infected could unintentionally spread the virus to others during this time without even knowing it. To avoid contracting the herpes virus, it is strongly recommended that women maintain a high level of personal hygiene and use precautionary actions at all times.