Pearly penile papules, which are lumps on the penis, are a common occurrence for males in their twenties and thirties. The condition is routinely confused with genital herpes due to the appearance of the papules, which are small skin elevation.. Read the...read more
While uncomfortable, nasal herpes is no more or less contagious than other forms of herpes. Of course, if you are suffering from herpes up and on your nose then it can become very frustrating, especially if people mention this to you on a regular basis. One of the biggest causes of getting cold sores up the nose is down to excessive mucus and phlegm. As mucus and phlegm builds up you are more inclined to blow your nose and this increases irritation meaning it is more likely for the coldsore to spread from around the mouth to the nasal...read more
The herpes virus very commonly shows itself in the form of cold sores around the mouth. These can be uncomfortable and at times painful but more than anything, cold sores are unsightly and can make the person with the infection self-conscious and uncomfortable. While there is no known cure for HSV1 (herpes simplex virus) or herpes at all, it is possible to monitor the condition and essential oils are a magnificent way to keep symptoms under control. As always when using essential oils directly on the skin it is important to dilute them with a...read more
Research into a cure for herpes is still in its very early days and there is a lot of progress yet to be made before a cure can be found. The biggest thing that is holding researchers back on a cure is the nature of herpes itself. When the herpes virus is active you are able to visibly see the symptoms of this disease however when the virus is in its latent stage it can be almost impossible to find. By hiding away within the body, the virus is hard to discover and even when it is visible on the outside, it is impossible to know whether the...read more
Herpes is an infection that is a form of the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It comes in type 1 and 2 and both forms of the virus are highly contagious, passing easily between people through physical contact. HSV1 usually manifests itself in the form of cold sores and HSV2 commonly causes infections of the genitals including painful blisters. As there is no cure for this contagious disease, it is important to limit the spread of it by following a few simple measures. Like other forms of the sexually transmitted disease, the herpes virus is passed...read more
A diagnosis of genital herpes can cause us to really feel as though we have lost our footing in life. Where you previously might have felt that the world was your oyster, it can suddenly feel that many, if not all, of your options have been removed. The choices that you once thought were yours are now no longer there. An apparently carefree life has disappeared.
People usually discover that they have herpes when they develop lesions in the genital area. Herpes outbreaks are symptoms indicating that the virus is active. Some people have the virus and never experience symptoms, so it’s reasonable to assume that the virus is never active. Other people have the virus and experience frequent symptoms. For some reason, the virus is very active in their bodies. What is the difference between these people? And if we knew what the difference between them was, would this enable us to develop a way to manage our herpes outbreaks?
Think about another virus with which we are very familiar: the common cold. We all know that in an enclosed space, a large number of people can be exposed to a cold virus at any one point in time. Yet, the virus seems to behave in different ways in different people. Some people can become very ill, pneumonia may develop. Others never develop a cold at all. If the varying responses to the same cold virus demonstrate the different levels of opportunity for viral activity in different people, then we can see that the different levels of response illustrate differences between people rather than the virulence of the virus – because the virus is the same in everyone.
Now lets think about the many and varied things we do to protect ourselves from getting a cold. Some people take vitamin C, others take herbal antiviral medications like Echinacea. Both of these help by boosting the immune system. Other people swear by a healthy diet and other people will say that their positive attitude helps them to keep colds at bay. We all know that if we are feeling tired and run down or are feeling unhappy, then we are more susceptible to colds.
So, we already have a basic working knowledge of how to deal with the behaviour of viruses – and, as a virus, the herpes virus is really no different. Think of it as an opportunist – its normal state is being dormant and inactive in your body, yet it will take advantage of any opportunity that you give it to make its presence felt. Opportunities seem to be an inefficient immune system, stress, unhappiness, tiredness etc – all those things that we know can trigger colds. Your responsibility then, is to consciously begin to reduce the number of opportunities that you give the herpes virus to wake up and become active.
The way that you do this is quite important. Our instinctive response in a situation like this is to put the barriers up – to go on the defensive. The result of this is that you run the risk of making things worse. This is because you effectively put more energy into creating and maintaining your defence than you do on creating good health in your body. And good health is many more times powerful than a defence system because it can never be breached.
Also, when you concentrate on creating and maintaining defence in your body, you are constantly keeping an awareness of herpes in your mind. And so, because you are thinking about it, it will stay active. The most effective place to put your attention, is on creating good health within your body. When you have good health you are creating an environment which is inhospitable to the herpes virus. Put simply, it doesn’t want to come out to play if the environment doesn’t suit it.
How do you decide what is good health? Look at your diet so that your body has all the vitamins and minerals that it needs to fight herpes. A good nutritionist can also help you here. And secondly, as we know from the people who have fewer colds – our attitude to life is important. Those people who feel that they are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders and who feel that they don’t deserve any better from life are the people who have more colds – and it’s the same for herpes. Attitude matters.
People usually discover that they have herpes when they develop lesions in the genital area. For many, the first infection is the longest (up to 6 weeks) and the most painful, frequently accompanied by fever. After this first infection, some may never experience another outbreak and others may experience many. It seems to be quite random, especially when you consider that when people are given blood tests, it would appear that many more people have evidence of the virus in their systems, but have never experienced typical symptoms. Once a...read more
The herpes virus cannot be completely eliminated from your body but there are strategies and treatments you can use to reduce the outbreaks or never have an outbreak again. Herpes can be controlled to some extent by an appropriate diet, without the side effects of medication. A herpes diet is a specially designed food diet which can be useful and very effective in fighting the herpes virus. Patients are specifically recommended to have a diet rich in Lysine and low in Arginine. Lysine is an amino acids which is commonly found in protein-rich...read more
Just because the lesions and sores did not appear anywhere in the genital area does not mean that you do not have genital herpes. In fact, many people have mistaken their herpes rash on buttocks for something else, like an allergy, a yeast infection or psoriasis. Anyone can be at risk of getting a herpes rash on the buttocks. Not only is spreading of the viruses – HSV-1 and HSV-2 – possible through sexual transmission, one can also catch the disease when making direct contact with the lesion or when catching a drop of saliva or other nasal...read more
Herpes itself is not life threatening to the person that has it. It is a localized viral skin infection – no more of a problem than a cold sore on the mouth. Besides causing outbreaks, the virus doesn’t do any harm itself. It IS highly stigmatized socially, and that is the main problem for sufferers. However, having (genital) herpes is linked to an increased risk of contracting the following conditions: AIDS: The Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 is linked to a higher chance of contracting the HIV virus, since the herpes lesions create...read more