Non Genital Herpes
How many strains of herpes are there? The answer is simple; there are two types, genital and non genital herpes. Non genital herpes are common and appear in their most common location, around the mouth and lips and often they are referred to as cold sores" and "fever blisters." Unlike genital herpes, non genital herpes does not pose a social stigma, as this virus is not as bad as the genital herpes virus. However, often misunderstood, the virus belongs to the same family and they are virtually identical sharing 50 percent of their DNA. Many believed that non-genital herpes (HSV 1) is just as cold sores but some people are not aware that this type can be contracted both orally and genitally. The only difference is the location where they are usually present but nothing is different in the viral characteristics at all.
Non-genital herpes (HSV-1) is estimated to affect about 80 percent of the adult population. It can be acquired in sexual or non-sexual manner and this is highly contagious. The virus is transmitted through secretions from the oral or genital mucosa. The primary lesion is at the primary site of infection that develops in mouth, lips, tongue or the upper part of the torso for both sexes. Before the appearance of visible symptoms, systemic symptoms including burning, fever, and other localized symptoms can be experienced.
Those who have a prior infection of non genital herpes (HSV-1) some symptoms could crop up that serves as a warning sign of the forthcoming outbreak. If you have not experience oral herpes before, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If it is a recurring outbreak, the degree of infection could be lesser than before. People who have recurrences do not mind treating them at all, but if you are troubled and disturbed, you can get a prescription of anti viral medication from your doctor. You have to bae careful of giving social kisses to children as they can catch the virus more easily.
Like genital herpes, non genital herpes poses the same factors fort he occurrence and reoccurrence of the outbreak. The strength of the person’s immune, how long the virus is the system and if the virus infects the same location over and over again. People with weak immune system make the body less capable in fighting with the virus. This is more likely to happen to people with compromised immune systems due to other illnesses such as cancer, HIV, had undergone organ transplant and other factors.