Herpes: the essential thing to know

Herpes is a common disease caused by a virus called herpes virus. There are two herpes viruses: Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV 1) and Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV 2).

To be very schematic, the HSV 1 touches the body in its upper part (above the belt), usually responsible for cold sores, it is also called a cold sore. As for HSV 2, it is a sexually transmitted virus, which preferably affects the lower part of the body. In reality, it's not that simple ...

Herpes is not a serious disease in general, but it is very contagious. Many people carry the virus and make herpes outbreaks throughout their lives.

Primary infection often goes unnoticed, but it can sometimes appear aggressively. Once this first infection, the virus remains in the body, in a very localized area of ​​the nervous system. And the symptoms of herpes can reappear during a fatigue, a fever ...

Herpetic disease is serious when it reaches the eye (referred to as ocular or ophthalmic herpes), especially in the newborn of an infected mother.

The herpes virus can be sexually transmitted, depending on the location of the lesion, condoms do not always protect and abstinence would be the only means of protection during outbreaks, provided the existence of the lesion is known, That is not always the case.

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> Cold sores: causes, symptoms and treatments
> Quiz on the cold sore
> Genital Herpes: Our Practical Tips

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