Herpes is becoming such a rampant disease that it is absolutely necessary to have a glimpse of the disease for those who are infected, and also for those who live in the danger zone. By the way, do you think you and your partner lie in the susceptible group? If not I would advice you to wake up, as all of the in the United States are equally prone to this widespread infection. Keeping this in mind, let us see what are the traits that make herpes such a dreadful disease, and how can you detect that you are infected at the earliest.
TRAITS OF HERPES
We have vaccinations to prevent certain diseases from occurring; also we have polio drops to nullify the chances of your child getting the polio virus. But with herpes, you do not have anything like this. Not only this, herpes has many more things that make it a disease different from all other health ailments. All the other diseases have all levels of physical impact, or mental affect only, but herpes can reach your brain virtually while troubling you physically in real. Many people with Herpes, especially soon after being diagnosed, feel shame and embarrassment and fear telling anyone they have it. Others feel guilty and full of self-blame thinking that they “brought it on themselves”. All these make a way for the virus to control your thoughts even when it is not sitting in your mind. Unfortunately there is no way you can reach the exact person who was a carrier and also a transmitter for you. The most probable name may have herpes but this in no way necessitates him being a transmitter. Contrary to this the one you cannot even think about might have gifted you with a small kiss. It is hence important to avoid these strange emotions in order to get rid of the virus soon. The nature of the virus causing the herpes infection, herpes simplex virus makes it stand out of the queue of all other infections. The virus needs a medium to enter your body, and once it is into human body, it is next to impossible to find and kill it. Killing it is no big deal, but the herpes simplex virus acts smartly and hides into the cells of our own body. Inside the cells too, it embeds itself deep into the nuclei of the cell and becomes invisible to the immune system. This hiding trait of the virus is the cause behind its incurability by medicines. Because the disease, named herpes, is different from all other diseases with astonishing traits, the cure for herpes also needs to be out of the way.
Other than all this, its silent transmission makes it really differ from all other infections. This trait of herpes is contributing greatly to the speed at which the herpes virus is transmitting from one human being to another. There are quite high chances of the virus being transmitted from one individual to the next before and after the outbreak. This is called asymptomatic shedding where the individual sheds virus from various parts of his/ her body without realizing what he is doing. Another important point to take a note of is the trait of incurability using drugs. Even after introducing so many side effects the antivirals fails to delete the virus from our body. It can wake up anytime in future and once again make us experience the same discomfort. It’s a bitter truth that whatever the doctor prescribes cannot do anything to free your body from virus. Rather it just slows down its working, its intensity and can reduce our time of suffering. Moreover, these antivirals add to the problem by gifting you the side-effects in return. Click here to know more details about why you should never use antivirals for herpes. Herpes still remains an incurable disease for which no cure till date exist in the medicinal field. All these uncommon traits make herpes a great cause of fear and concern.
TESTS FOR HERPES
You can test for herpes at first on your own, just by matching your health problems with the symptoms of herpes. Examine the cold sores carefully and try to see whether they have some type of fluid filled in them, in case you have developed some cold sores recently. If you cannot see blisters, but you feel unwell and have some doubt in mind, you can look out for some commonly occurring symptoms of herpes that will bother you along with cold sores. Because it is not at all necessary that you have herpes only when you see cold sores on your body, you cannot reach to any conclusion. But in maximum cases it is seen that cold sores are the beginning we have explained it in detail. The first symptoms of cold sores may include pain around your mouth and on your lips, a fever, a sore throat, or swollen glands in your neck or other parts of the body. Small children sometimes drool before cold sores appear. After the blisters appear, the cold sores usually break open, leak a clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after several days to 2 weeks. For some people, cold sores can be very painful. Some people have the virus but don’t get cold sores. When you see any of the above declared symptoms occurring with your own self, do not delay your visit to the doctor any more. It is important to figure out whether it is herpes or something else. If you have it for the first time, it will be a real trouble. Subsequent outbreaks will be lighter than the initial one but for the very first infection you will need a doctors help for sure. Leaving the cold sores untreated may lead to many complications, be it the first episode or any other instance of the herpes virus becoming active. It is hence a good idea of getting the tests done for herpes diagnosis. Once you reach the clinic, the doctor will generally have a fair idea just by asking a few questions, but just to be double sure he will arrange some tests for you.
There are three general tests for detecting the disease. One is testing the swab sample of fluid from the infected area if you still have those troublesome sores anywhere on your body. But if results are negative it does not necessarily indicate the absence of herpes, as we have told you earlier also that the presence or absence of sores cannot confirm anything. Confirmation is more likely if the patient has subsequent recurrences, following a similar pattern. The cold sores test is simple enough. The fluid along with tissues of your skin is scraped from the area affected gently without hurting you. The sample thus collected is taken to laboratory where it is examined. This sample will then be investigated for the presence of herpes simplex virus. If it is present, by bad luck you have herpes but if does not show the presence of any viral infection, you will still not land in safe zone. If the results are positive for herpes you do not have to go through any other procedure, but in case it comes out to be negative, there is one more step to confirm the absence of herpes infection. Some other tests will be done to confirm that it is not herpes like simple blood test or polymerase chain reaction test for herpes. A simple way to heck for herpes is the blood test which detects herpes infection that might have occurred in past by looking for HSV antibodies present in blood. Blood tests can also be used to find out if a person is infected or not. However, blood tests may miss very recent infections, if you are late in reporting to the doctor, then blood test is the most reliable way to know the exact condition. If you did not have any recent attack you should go for polymerase chain reaction.
Polymerase chain reaction test is another common way of testing for herpes infection. Polymerase chain reaction is a process followed to copy your DNA from a sample of your blood, tissue from a sore or from your spinal fluid. If you have active cold sores with fluid in them, the sample is taken from the infection site, but if you do not have any visible symptom blood is considered for this test. The DNA can then be tested to establish the presence of HSV. With this test you can be quite sure of having the infection. This is so accurate that you will be told about which type of infection it is, i.e. herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2, or in some unfortunate cases both.
Herpes symptoms may vary from no symptoms to acute attacks depending on your body types and lifestyle choices. Herpes virus may live into your body for years without displaying any symptoms. And if you are unlucky you will have a nice attack with which it will be announced that you have got the virus into you. I consider these people a bit luckier than the former group because as soon as you get to know that you are infected, you can control the virus and minimize the chances of transmitting it to other innocent people around you. The symptoms of oral herpes will be generally visible on the area above abdomen. If you experience unusual itching of the lips, nose or skin around the mouth, consider it as a warning sign of a new outbreak. This is easy to identify if you already know that you are infected. If it is going to be your first outbreak, mild itching is not noticeable by anyone of us. You may also start feeling a strange burning sensation near the lips or mouth area. In short tingling, burning sensation and itching is bothers you continuously around your lips, it is tie to become suspicious. These are the symptoms or you can say warning signals of occurrence of cold sores. The blisters or cold sores will turn into red spots that break open and leak. Or you may have small blisters filled with clear yellowish fluid that does not leak but will be painful to bear. If you have developed several smaller blisters, they may grow together into a large blister impossible to get rid of. As days will pass by they will start disappearing, but before that they create the real nuisance and pain. Genital herpes sores can appear inside or on the penis, scrotum, groin & thighs, buttocks, around the anus and Urethra (the channel inside the penis leading to the bladder). In men herpes symptoms resembles penile ulcer. Herpes virus enters a female body through lining of mouth, labia, vagina or regular skin that has small cuts or cracks. Women with weak immune system have more chances of getting infected by the disease than those having a stronger immunity mechanism.
You can diagnose the infection with the help of tests described above. The diagnosis of herpes is easier when the infection is still present, which is why we ask to visit the doctor as soon as you see the cold sores and do not ignore them. Only diagnosis is not enough, you should be aware of the entire process of infection, its treatment methods. Living with myths sometimes misleads you and may also lead to complications. And trust me; there are more false facts than truthful realty as far as herpes is concerned. So, better be aware than doing the wrong choices based on myths. Enlightening yourself with awareness, correct information and support on how to effectively defeat herpes is the very first step towards total healing. Unfortunately, this is the most difficult thing. Yes, gathering information, or should I say correct information is the most challenging task for herpes patients. This is mainly due to every other article saying its own story about herpes. The key is to be alert, trust on authentic source and look for facts before reaching to any conclusion.
The very next step after getting diagnosed with herpes is searching for some effective cure for herpes. In this matter, of course, home remedies are the best. Click here to know details about some of the effective home remedies for herpes.