There are many common myths surrounding herpes and some are very believable. Hopefully, any misconceptions that you have of herpes will be cleared up or any questions that you may have about herpes will be answered in the following pages. So read further and you may learn something about herpes, and if you don't and you already know all there is to know about herpes, well this may refresh your memory.
Herpes, n. - in pathology, an acute inflammatory virus disease of the skin or mucous membrane, characterized by the eruption of small blisters on the skin and mucous membrane. There are two types of the herpes virus, known as type 1 and type 2. Genital herpes is a common infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. As well as getting herpes on the genitals, you may receive herpes on the mouth, a cold sore. The two strands of the herpes virus are almost identical.
As a parasite, a virus cannot live on it's own and completely depends on the cells it invades. The cells that the virus invades are called hosts, any organism on or in which another (called a parasite) lives for nourishment or protection. Viruses, along with bacteria, are the organisms that most commonly cause infections in humans.
The virus invades the body through cracks in the skin or moist mucous membranes found in the mouth and in the genital areas. These are six steps to how the herpes virus takes over the cell; (a) Viral adsorption to cell membrane, (b) viral penetration in cytoplasm, (c) enzyme uncrating of membrane protein DNA travel to nucleus and viral DNA takeover of cell, (d) new viral DNA made in nucleus, protein coats in cytoplasm, (e) synthesis of immature viruses: protein coating of new DNA, (f) rupture of cell wall: release of twenty-thousand to eighty-thousand mature membrane-coated viruses.
When the host cell is destroyed, there are some symptoms and characteristics. Sometimes the symptoms can be very severe. For most people, the first symptoms of their first infection can be the most severe. Some symptoms are fever, aches and pains, as well as some specific genital symptoms. After those symptoms, you may also receive tingling, itching, burning, and/or pain. Those symptoms may last up to twenty days. After all those warning signs, painful red spots will appear and then if that isn't bad enough, a couple days after that, a whitish/ yellow blister will appear. Finally, the blister will dry out and it will leave a scab that will stay there for approximately ten days. The harshness and range of symptoms vary from person to person. Most women experience painful urination. When this happens, it's important to avoid more problems by drinking plenty of fluids to dilute the urine and from that, it reduces the pain and stinging. But, both men and women can experience fevers, aches and pains. You may also feel run-downed.
There is no need to worry if you have a second occurrence, well there is because you should always be responsible when you have the herpes virus, but recurrences are usually shorter and less severe and painful as the first one. Over time, recurrences decrease both in severity and frequency. Maybe sometimes you could experience no recurrences, but it's different with all people. It may be hard to detect the pattern of genital herpes. 60% percent of all people who have genital herpes don't even know they have it. These people however, are the ones that transmit the disease.
Like I mentioned earlier, you must be responsible when you have the herpes virus. You can catch herpes through exposure to it by sexual partners, who have active herpes. You can get the virus sexually and orally. By taking a sip off someone's drink, you may receive the virus if they have active herpes. By kissing a loved one who has herpes, you can receive the virus. By going out in the sun for a long amount of time without proper SPF lip balm, you may receive the virus. That is called a cold sore. Women, who have genital herpes, generally get infection in the vulva, the entrance to the vagina and rarely the cervix. Men generally get herpes on the end of the penis, foreskin, and the shaft of the penis and sometimes on the