Living With Herpes Simplex 1

Herpes simplex 1 is the type of herpes virus that affects the mouth or face area. The other category-herpes simplex 2-is the one that affects the genital area. Oral herpes is also known as cold sores and is characterized by red and swollen blisters growing in and around the mouth. There are even some cases when the outbreak reaches the inside of the mouth. Both categories of herpes are classified as STDs or sexually transmitted diseases because they are usually contracted through sexual activity-whether intercourse or oral sex.

Some symptoms to look out for

If you have recently had unprotected sex with a partner that you do not know very well then it's important to monitor yourself for symptoms of any herpes virus. The signs of herpes simplex 1 appear as long as two weeks after the contact with the infected. Some of these signs are fever and aching muscles. If you detect sores or blisters in your oral area, then it's highly possible that you have already contracted the virus.

The cycle of the virus

During the two weeks between the sexual contact and the appearance of the cold sores, the virus goes through its cycle of infection. The first stage of herpes simplex 1 is called primary infection. This is the stage when the virus enters your system and reproduces. In order to fight the growing virus, your body may react by trying to destroy these viruses-resulting in a fever. After entering your skin, the virus will then move to your spine where it can reproduce even more in the nervous tissues. This explains the lower back pain that most herpes patients experience. After the first outbreak, the virus will lie dormant. Once it is triggered, the virus may start reproducing again and cause another outbreak. Some factors that may trigger a recurrence is stress, menopause, your period, consumption of large amounts of chocolate, nuts, caffeine and other foods rich in arginine.

Source by Ilse Hagen

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