Types Of Herpes

There are basically two types of herpes: type 1 and type 2 herpes. The herpes simplex virus can cause sores to different parts of your body. Type 1 herpes usually affects the lips and the area around the mouth, while type 2 herpes causes sores to the rectum and genitals. In other words the one causes sores above the waist, while the other causes sores from the waist down (although there are some rare cases of type 1 sores in the genitals and type 2 sores in the mouth). It stands to reason that the two types of herpes, which manifest locally at certain parts of the body, are transmitted from one person to another through physical contact with those parts. For example, kissing a person who has a sore on his lips, drinking from his glass of water, or using his toothbrush (which doesn’t even make sense), can be enough to be infected with the herpes virus. Respectively, you can contract type 2 herpes virus after sexual intercourse with a person who has a sore around his genitals.

It is not that any of the two types of herpes can be deadly in some way, but they can definitely be troublesome. The blisters on your lips can be painful, they can make you look ugly, and they will undoubtedly make you uncomfortable around other people. And if a few blisters on your lips can have that effect on you, you can only begin to imagine how blisters around the genitals will make you feel with your partner. There are a few treatments to help you manage the two types of herpes. Washing the affected areas with salted water is one of them. For blisters on the lips, you can use herpes patches that both speed up the healing process and also do a pretty nice job of covering up the blisters so that they are not visible. Alternatively, there are certain creams and prescription medications that will help your immune system suppress the virus (it is equally effective for both types of herpes) and relieve you of the symptoms).

Keep in mind, however, that once you are infected with the herpes simplex virus, it stays with you for the rest or your life. You can treat it temporarily and help your body get rid of the blisters sooner, but you cannot cure it for good. The HSV (herpes simplex virus) simply stays dormant until there are optimum conditions for the virus to launch his attack again. These ‘optimum’ conditions are essentially linked to a person’s immune system. Physical exhaustion or illness can both trigger an attack; a trauma to the affected area can also have the same result. In general, herpes will find a way to make your life miserable, whenever your immune support is down, whether that is due to physical or emotional stress, or even due to menstruation. The best way to treat the virus is to avoid catching it in the first place; the only thing you have to do is to avoid physical contact with people that exhibit symptoms of the virus (for as long as the blisters are visible), and to always use protection during intercourse.