Complications of herpes

It is estimated that over 80 percent. of people are infected with HSV, which is responsible for cold sores (HSV type I) and genital herpes (HSV type II). The disease appears to be harmless, but it can lead to a number of serious complications, including retinitis and meningitis.

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There is no way to deal with cold sores. The virus cannot be rid of the body. Another bad news is that it's very easy to get infected. Therefore, preventive actions are ineffective. The virus manifests itself when the body is weakened. Sudden changes in temperature or chronic stress or fatigue can also contribute to the appearance of cold sores. Some people develop herpes frequently, others - even those who are infected with the virus - not at all. It is not known why this is so.

1. Cold sores

The first symptoms of herpes labialis appear quite characteristic. In the initial stage of the disease, there is a slight itching and burning in the place where an unsightly scab will soon appear. The lesion may be single, but there may also be numerous vesicles filled with serum fluid. They will crack after a few days, but must not be touched or scratched as this may spread the virus.

The first symptoms of herpes are easy to recognize (123RF)

It is extremely dangerous to transfer the virus to the eye area. If the cornea becomes infected, antibiotic therapy is administered prophylactically.

2. Genital herpes

The symptoms of genital herpes are extremely distressing, and the problem itself is quite embarrassing. Itchy blisters appear around the genitals, which later become painful sores. In women, ulcers can also appear in the cervix, urethra and vagina. The disease may be accompanied by pain while urinating, swollen lymph nodes, fever, and malaise.

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The appearance of herpes symptoms at the end of pregnancy is an indication for a cesarean section. Thanks to this, the newborn child will not be infected with the virus of the HSV-2 type, which could cause dangerous changes in the central nervous system, meningitis or blindness in the newborn. So if a woman is a carrier of HSV, she should inform the gynecologist in charge of the pregnancy.

3. Herpes prophylaxis

As mentioned, there is no effective treatment for cold sores. It is necessary to take care of hygiene and use separate everyday items (towels, cutlery, hygiene utensils). Avoid kissing when symptoms of the disease appear. It is also necessary to take care of the body's immunity through physical activity, rational nutrition and regular rest.

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