What Is Herpes?
Herpes is a common infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It can affect both adults and children, and is highly contagious. Herpes typically presents as small blisters or sores in or around the mouth and genital area. In some cases, it may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms, such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue.
There are two types of HSV: type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Both types can cause oral and/or genital herpes outbreaks. HSV-1 is usually the cause of oral herpes—cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth. Most often transmitted during childhood through close contact with someone who already has an active cold sore on their face.
HSV-2 usually causes genital herpes—sores that appear around your genitals or rectum After being infected with HSV-2, individuals may never experience any symptoms at all although they can still spread the virus to sexual partners even when there are no visible signs of infection present. However, many people do experience recurrent outbreaks that can cause considerable pain and discomfort. These recurrences typically last 5–10 days each time they occur and can happen several times per year depending on an individual’s immune system strength.
Although there is currently no cure for this condition, antiviral medications do exist that can help reduce the severity of herpes outbreaks when taken correctly.
Can Herpes Pop Like Pimples?
It’s an understandable question that many people have, so let’s break it down. Can herpes pop like pimples? The short answer is no, but the longer answer requires a closer look into how these two skin conditions work and differ from each other.
At first glance, herpes and pimples may seem similar because they both cause reddened areas on the skin with small bumps or sores that might itch or produce a burning sensation. Upon closer inspection however, you will notice differences in their appearance and symptoms which will help you determine whether a lesion is caused by herpes or some other condition.
Herpes lesions are typically seen as clusters of small blisters rather than single pimple-like bumps. These blisters can seep fluid and crust over at times too, while pimples remain unchanged in looks and aren’t known to seep any fluids before they resolve themselves. Additionally, Herpes generally has associated neurological pain around the area where the sore is located – something that is not usually experienced with a regular pimple or acne cyst. Unlike typical acne outbreaks which don’t usually last beyond 10 days or so, herpes infections can linger for weeks and be very difficult to treat without antibiotic ointments or other medications. And unfortunately, while popping a blemish might make it go away faster most of time it doesn’t apply this same rule to herpes; since the virus already lives inside your body trying to pop one could
Are There Different Types of Herpes?
Yes, indeed there are different types of herpes. The herpes family of viruses comprises up to eight distinct members that can affect humans. Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1) and Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2) are the two most commonly known strains, although the other six types can be just as problematic if left untreated.
HSV-1 is typically associated with oral lesions or cold sores around the mouth and face area, but it can also cause genital infections when transmitted via oral sex. HSV-2 causes painful genital lesions usually found on the labia andanus; however, it can also manifest itself in other parts of the body depending on how it was contracted.
Aside from HSV-1 and HSV-2, other types of herpes viruses include Varicella Zoster Virus (the primary cause of chicken pox), Epstein Barr Virus (the virus responsible for mononucleosis symptoms), Cytomegalovirus (a virus that may lead to pneumonia or colitis), Human Herpesvirus 6A/B (causative agent of roseola infantum or exanthema subitum), Human Alphaherpesvirus 3 (causitive agent shingles) and Human Parechovirus Type 1/Human Enteroviruses 71–74(commonly related to hand-foot-mouth disease in children).
These eight members
What Treatments Are Available for Herpes?
Herpes is a common, but highly uncomfortable and contagious infection caused by two types of viruses. It can cause sores on your genitals and/or mouth. While there isn’t yet a cure for herpes, there are treatments available that can help reduce the severity, frequency and duration of outbreaks.
For genital herpes, one of the most common treatments is antiviral medications such as acyclovir (Zovirax), famiciclovir (Famvir) and valacyclovir (Valtrex). These drugs act by slowing down the growth of HSV-2 virus which causes genital herpes. They are usually taken in pill form every day or hourly during an outbreak. However, studies show that even if you don’t take these medications regularly it can still help to speed healing time when a herpes outbreak does occur. This type of treatment also reduces the chance of transmitting the virus to someone else if you have unprotected sex — especially when combined with “safe sex” practices like using condoms or dental dams.
Antibodies created in response to an HSV infection may also be used to help treat outbreaks with some types of vaccines such as HerpV or ProsurX. These vaccines stimulate your immune system to produce antibodies specific to herpes viruses, increasing your resistance during an outbreak by targeting areas that become infected more quickly than other parts of your body can react on their own. Additionally, specialized ointments such as