The two most common types are herpes zoster and genital herpes, which are caused by the herpes simplex virus types one and two.
These are just two of the eight types of herpes viruses that affect humans. HSV-2 used to be a virus that was more common in genital herpes, but today, HSV-1 is the cause that can infect the genitals as well as the mouth.
Herpes of the lips
If you are prone to herpes, you know that the burning sensation on your lips can usually only mean one thing: a new herpes is appearing. There is no doubt that herpes is extremely distressing. These sores usually go away on their own in two to four weeks. These two to four weeks pass slowly: red herpes sores are accompanied by discharge and scaling. Fortunately, there are some treatments that can speed up the healing process, especially if you start early. Before that, let’s look at how to prevent these annoying sores.
Prevent cold sores
When you first get the herpes virus (many people get it in the first six months to three years of life), the virus lodges in your nerve cells. In fact, the word Herpes means herpes from the Greek word Creep; Because the virus tends to crawl in the nerve pathway and sit in a corner until a stimulus causes it to show its ugly face again. Therefore, the best way to prevent it is to reduce exposure to certain stimuli.
Known stimuli include exposure to sunlight, stress, physical pressure, cold or fever, minor injury or cracked lips, and steroid use.
The thing about herpes is that these sores warn you mostly through symptoms such as burning, itching, inflammation or pain where the sore is about to appear. Doctors call it the “early symptoms” and it actually benefits you, because if you stop it in the early stages and get antiviral medicine from your doctor, you may be able to prevent herpes or at least prevent it from lasting long.
Male genital herpes
Genital herpes is a viral sexually transmitted infection that affects about 8.2% of men between the ages of fourteen and forty. The virus can be spread through unprotected sex, oral or anal intercourse with an infected person. Genital herpes has no cure, but there are ways to control its symptoms.
Get rid of herpes quickly
1. Use antiviral drugs
Over-the-counter topical medications for herpes do not work well with prescribed antivirals. Over-the-counter ointments may help relieve irritation, but they are not the best option for getting rid of herpes quickly.
The best way to treat herpes is to start treatment early in the onset of symptoms with prescription oral antiviral drugs such as valaciclovir, probably known as Walterx.
The usual way to take this medicine is two thousand milligrams in the morning and then repeat it daily. Valacyclovir reduces the replication of the virus and thus helps to cure it as quickly as possible. It may even prevent it from occurring in the early stages.
Preventing the virus from multiplying prevents it from continuing its normal course. The result is that wound healing time is reduced or even prevented from appearing.
There is also a new way to use this drug. A type of acyclovir that you can put between your lips and gums where the herpes is coming out. The drug dissolves slowly throughout the day and enables the body to inhibit the virus with a constant flow.
۲. Add steroid ointment as well
A topical steroid ointment such as cortisone can help reduce wound inflammation, and relieve pain, redness, and itching.
Steroid ointments can be considered as an option if you are taking antiviral drugs. Steroids reduce your body’s ability to fight infections, so you need to be careful. If you use only steroid ointments without viral treatment, you only aggravate herpes. If you are being treated with antivirals, these ointments can help reduce the symptoms. Do not cover the herpes sore; Airflow accelerates your recovery process.
3. Provide your own treatment
Some doctors recommend that you get Domeboro powder from a pharmacy and use it. This powder helps with skin allergies. To use, just dissolve the tablet or powder in water. Then dip a thin cloth into the solution, shake it and leave it on the herpes area for about 15 to 30 minutes. Repeat this two to three times a day to dry the wounds. (Prepare a fresh solution each time.)
This will keep the wound hydrated and hydrated, and it will significantly reduce the healing time. When the wound is dry, stop and moisturize the wound with a topical antibiotic ointment such as neosporin. This helps prevent secondary bacterial infections, meaning it keeps opportunistic bacteria away from waiting for the damaged skin to attack and aids in the healing process.
Also, since most people play with anything on their skin, this greatly reduces the risk of bacterial infections by preventing herpes from bursting. If you get an additional infection in the meantime, not only will the herpes last longer, but it may lead to scarring of the area.
4. Use a cold compress
Reduce swelling and burning of the herpes with a cool, damp towel. It is recommended that you apply a cold compress several times a day for five to 10 minutes while you are waiting for herpes to improve. Avoiding acidic foods such as tomatoes and oranges also minimizes irritability.
5. Consider lysine
This amino acid is available in the form of pills and ointments and evidence shows that it is useful for curing herpes; Of course not for everyone. Because it can cause stomach pain and diarrhea and change the way the body absorbs calcium. So do not take amino acids and calcium at the same time.
6. Try aloe vera
Aloe vera, although it does not eliminate herpes overnight, is useful for reducing the pain caused by it. This plant also contains vitamins A and C, which can help speed up the healing process.
What are the symptoms of genital herpes in men?
The symptoms of genital herpes are very mild and can be easily confused with small pimples or subcutaneous hair. Herpes sores appear as small, red bumps or white blisters that can be seen anywhere on the genitals. If one of these blisters bursts, a painful sore may form at the site or the urination may be painful.
As the wound heals, a scab forms on it that you must resist temptation to do, as this will only irritate the area.
Other symptoms include itching or pain in the genital area, flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes in the groin.
Is genital herpes always accompanied by symptoms?
Genital herpes is not always accompanied by symptoms. You may not realize you have it until you pass it on to someone else or test it. If you have had herpes in the past and are pursuing a treatment plan, you will go through asymptomatic courses called latent courses. This does not mean that you no longer have the virus. But at this time you can still pass it on to others, although the risk is lower.
How can I make sure I have genital herpes?
As mentioned, herpes is not always associated with symptoms, and about two-thirds of people with genital herpes do not have symptoms or the symptoms are so mild that they are sometimes confused with some skin conditions. So it is best to consult a doctor. Your doctor can diagnose the disease by observing the symptoms, or testing a sample of the blister or ordering a blood test. You will probably be asked questions about your sexual history that you should be honest about answering.
How is genital herpes treated?
Remember, there is no cure for herpes. Antiviral drugs can help prevent the virus from multiplying and reducing the number of blisters. This also reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to another.
Common antiviral drugs for herpes include acyclovir, famciclovir, and valaciclovir. For some people, taking these drugs at the first sign is enough. If you have these sores frequently, you will probably need to take medicine daily.
To relieve pain and itching, try to keep your genitals as clean and dry as possible. You can also apply a cold compress to the wound area several times a day.
Does herpes kill sperm? Can it cause infertility?
It is not yet known whether genital herpes can affect fertility. The virus is present in most men and usually does not cause infertility. However, the results of a new study show that sperm counts may decrease and your partner’s chances of getting pregnant may decrease.
You may also find that recurrent genital herpes makes it difficult for you to have a marital relationship, which of course makes it a bit difficult to have children. As a result, it is important to avoid intercourse when there are sores.