The Herpes Virus Infection – Basic Facts

herpes infectionWhat do we know about viruses? They are special germs, much smaller than bacteria, which cannot survive and multiply without “hosts” such as people, plants and animals. Once a virus enters our body, it invades some of its cells and, in general, takes over the cell machinery making it produce more viruses which are later going to infect more and more cells. There are many viral infections from the common to quite dangerous ones, such as Ebola, HIV and warts. The herpes family of viruses causes various medical conditions; some chronic, annoying and depressing like genital or oral herpes, other very painful like shingles.

In the United States, up to 10% of population has genital herpes, while the number of those suffering oral herpes is even higher. Furthermore, it is estimated that 99% of adult people have dormant herpes viruses in their bodies. These numbers undoubtedly explain why herpes virus infection is a worldwide pandemic.

How can you become infected by the herpes virus? This germ is almost always transmitted through sexual or non-sexual skin-to-skin contact. Even if a person doesn’t have obvious lesions on the skin, they can continue to shed this virus and keep infecting others. When it comes to oral herpes, it is most commonly transmitted by kissing. The symptoms of disorder are periodic outbreak of itching and painful sores and blisters around the mouth, face and genitalia. The herpes viral infection can even be accompanied by fever and other symptoms common to bacterial infections.

Since there is no drug that effectively destroys the herpes virus, most doctors consider this infection to be incurable. The current antiviral medications can only limit the multiplication of viruses. So, how to get rid of herpes naturally? In general, it’s important to follow the basic rules of good health, including adequate rest and sleep, regular physical exercise and proper and balanced nutrition. It’s very important to avoid too much stress and not to use alcohol and stimulant drugs.

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