All types of herpes essay

Essay by hellion415High School, 10th gradeA+, March 2004

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Herpes is defined as any of several viral diseases causing the eruption of small blister like vesicles on the skin or mucous membranes, especially herpes simplex or herpes zoster. Herpes is a very common virus usually caused by periodic outbreaks of the facial and genital region. This infection is incurable but easily transmitted by contact, intercourse, or birth. There are different forms of Herpes, such as Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1), and genital herpes (HSV-2). Risk Factors for genital herpes include: early age intercourse, multiple sexual partners, and/or a history of Herpes in the family.

HSV-1, oral herpes, usually appears around the oral region. Many people are sure to have experienced the symptoms at least once in their life since the disease is really common and easy to catch. It is the result of the HSV-1 virus that enters the body and causes break outs on the face along with pain, itching, and redness of the skin.

HSV-2, genital herpes, obviously occurs around the genital region. This virus is usually active for a few days, and then becomes dormant once again. Outbreaks are very random and unpredictable. These outbreaks appear randomly throughout a infected person's life because they are incurable. People often use antiviral medication to speed the healing of blisters and to relieve pain. These viruses are often suppressed with supplement, boosting the immune system as defense. The disease is recognized by blisters on the penis, vagina, anus, and close areas. Sometimes fever, pain, and burning occur.

Another form of Herpes Simplex is the Herpes Simplex eye infections. About 90% of adults have had the herpes simplex eye infection. This can be triggered by too much exposure to sunlight, physical or emotional stress, a fever, a reaction to certain foods or medicines, or eye injuries. Sometimes the cause is...