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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Genital Sores Following Infection with Herpes Simplex Virus

Posted by Dr Prahallad Panda on 7:57 PM Comments

Herpes genitalisImage of Herpes of Female GenitaliaHerpes Viruses are divided into Herpes Simplex and Zoster. Herpes Zoster is responsible for Chicken-pox or shingles, whereas herpes simplex causes skin lesions of other types.

Herpes Simplex can be;
Whereas HSV I is responsible for skin lesions of body preferably the face and neck region HSV II preferably causes genital sores both in male and female.
Genital sores or outbreaks commonly starts some 10 to 12 days after catching infection. It is usually caught by direct contact or sexual activity with some one infected and having the sores.
It starts as small reddish spots spread over an area of skin or mucous membrane, gradually turning into small blisters; becoming itchy and painful with redness over the area. Those gradually crust and heal even without treatment.
Once infected with the virus, it remains in the body nesting in the nerve roots and recur when gets an opportunity by coming to the nerves endings in skin to initiate a lesion. That usually happens when immunity is down in certain periods such as during an attack of common cold.
It can be diagnosed by the typical history and appearance of the sores. However, blood tests are available to determine the type of the virus.
It can be treated by;
Remaining away from catching the infection is the best. Mothers may pass an infection to their babies and that can prove detrimental to the health of the new born.
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