Herpes Simplex:

Herpes Simplex (HSV-1) - (Also Known As Cold Sores)

Cold sores are small, painful, fluid-filled blisters that usually occur on the lips, gums, or roof of the mouth.

They are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are contagious. There may be pain or tingling one to two days before the cold sores appear.

Cold sores generally clear in seven to ten days. They are sometimes confused with canker sores, which are not contagious but produce small, painful ulcers in the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the tongue and the walls of the mouth.

General Symptoms Of A First (Primary) Herpes Simplex Infection

Skin Eruptions and Pain. The first time a person experiences a herpes simplex outbreak, skin eruptions appear two to 12 days after the initial exposure to the virus. They may take the following course:

The primary skin infection with either HSV-1 or HSV-2 lasts up to two to three weeks, but skin pain can last one to six weeks in a primary (the initial) HSV attack.

Asymptomless Stages: Latency And Shedding

Latency. After an outbreak, the herpes simplex virus goes into a stage known as latency. During that phase, HSV produces no symptoms at all and the virus is not transmissible.

Asymptomatic Shedding. At certain times, the virus undergoes shedding. During this phase the virus replicates and is capable of being transmitted through fluids and infecting other people. This occurs during an outbreak, but unfortunately, in a third to half of cases shedding occurs without any symptoms at all. One study reported that about 40% of all HSV-infected people experienced asymptomatic shedding of the virus more than 5% of the time. (Other evidence suggests shedding occurs much more often--between 9% and 28% of the time.) About half of asymptomatic shedding episodes occurs within a few days before or after an outbreak and lasts about one and half days. Asymptomatic shedding is much more common with HSV-2 than with HSV-1.

Recurrence Symptoms, Triggers, And Timing

Symptoms of Recurrence. Herpes simplex nearly always recurs. The anatomic site and the type of virus influence the frequency of recurrences. It usually takes the following course:

Triggers of Recurrence. It is not completely known what triggers renewed infection, but a number of different factors may be involved, such as sunlight, wind, fever, local physical injury, menstruation, suppression of the immune system, or emotional stress. One study linked recurrence in genital herpes to persistent stress (lasting longer than a week) and high levels of anxiety. Temporary mood changes, short-term stress, and life change events were not linked to recurrence. (A study on ocular herpes also found no association between stress and outbreaks of this eye infection and suggested that people may incorrectly recall the stress associated with herpes outbreaks.) Reactivation of oral herpes can be provoked within about three days of intense dental work, particularly root canal or tooth extraction, as well as after laser skin resurfacing, a popular form of cosmetic surgery.

Timing of Recurrences. Recurrent outbreaks may occur at intervals of days, weeks, or years. For most people, outbreaks recur with more frequency during the first year after an initial attack. During that period, the body mounts an immune response to HSV, and in most healthy people recurring infections tend to become progressively less severe and less frequent. The immune system, however, cannot eradicate the virus completely.

The Following May Trigger Outbrakes And Should Be Avoided:
Sugar Onions Corn Chocolate Low Iron

Natural Remedies For HSV-1:

Herpes Simplex Information: Dr. Mercola 7/28/2001 - Coconut Has Anti-Viral Effect

Herpes Simplex Information: Dr. Mercola 2/14/2009 - Are Cold Sores Really Herpes?

Herpes Simplex Information: Dr. Mercola 8/7/2010 - Honey Works Better Than Drugs For Herpes!

Herpes Simplex Information: Natural News 1/27/2009 - Natural Cold Sore Remedies

Herpes Simplex Information: Natural News 8/10/2010 - Protect Your Child From The Herpes Virus And Cold Sores

Herpes Simplex Information: Natural News 2/26/2011 - Common Weed Helps Treat Herpes

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