Many people think that genital herpes is a nasty disease and oral herpes is just a cold sore that everyone has. So is there really a big difference between HSV-1 and HSV-2, is there a oral herpes cure and should people take HSV-1 seriously?
Oral herpes, or cold sores, is very common, in fact, approximately 50% of the population has it. It is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1
The incubation period is usually 14 days and after that the virus moves to the nerve center near the skull called trigeminal ganglion and lays there dormant until something provokes it again. There is no cure for herpes yet so it is very important to learn how to live with the virus.
Most common things that trigger herpes simplex virus type 1 outbreaks are stress, anxiety, trauma, illness and anything that weakens immune system, like excess amount of alcohol or lack of sleep.
HSV-1 is very similar to HSV-2 and under the microscope they even look almost the same. Outbreaks usually start with tingling, burning or painful sensation in the same place every time. Later it turns into rash and tiny blisters filled with liquid. During an active outbreak herpes virus is most contagious and can be easily passed to other people. HSV-1 can be spread through kissing, touching and sharing personal items, such as towels, spoons, cups, etc.
Keep in mind, that even when there are no herpes symptoms present you can still shed the virus. In fact, research shows that when a person is infected with HSV the virus is present in their saliva 5% of the outbreak-free days and, therefore, can be easily transmitted.
In most cases cold sores will reappear 2 to 8 times per year depending on the amount of stress and person’s overall health condition.
As stated above, herpes simplex virus type 1 is highly contagious and can easily be spread to other people or/and other parts of the body.
Cold sores usually appear on the edges of the mouth and lips and disappear within 3-7 days, but if spread to eyes or brain (rare cases) they can cause blindness or even death. HSV-1 can also be passed to genitals via oral sex and cause genital herpes. However, HSV-1 outbreaks are usually milder compared to HSV-2.
Most people don’t consider HSV-1 to be a health problem, but here are few reason why you should:
– Causes discomfort
– Weakens immune system so it won’t be as effective as it should when fighting other viruses
– May cause complications
– Can be passed to other people and cause discomfort in their lives
– There is still no herpes cure, so the virus stays in the body permanently
Here is a list of things to remember when dealing with HSV-1:
– Avoid touching blisters. In case you touched one wash hands with soap right away
– Avoid kissing and having oral sex
– Avoid sharing your personal items, such as towels, utensils, razors, etc.
– Find suitable (preferably natural) treatment to speed up recovery process
Many people consider HSV-1 to be harmless, but it is actually not. It is a virus like HSV-2 that just resides in a different part of the body. Both viruses can be easily transmitted and cause discomfort for the rest of the life.