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Herpes - Once In, Never Out

Herpes seems to be the most vivid evidence that humans are sinful creatures. This viral disease would never target 45 millions of American people and much more millions throughout the world, provided that people did not break the Godís commandment on adultery so often.

So, what does herpes, mysterious and familiar at the same time, actually mean? By definition, herpes is a viral disease, different forms of which affect practically any human being on Earth. Its common scenario starts with itching, burning or pain on the areas around the mouth or on the genitals followed by the appearance of fluid-filled blisters. In a couple of days blisters burst, leaving painful ulcers, which dry and heal in 10 days.

Actually, there are two kinds of herpes virus, called type 1 and type 2. These virus types have different specialization in affecting the human body: type 1 targets the upper part of the body above the waistline, causing infection sores on lips, skin around the mouth and occasionally on nostrils, chin and fingers. This is usually called oral herpes or cold sores.

Herpes virus type 2 targets the body part below the waistline. Taking into account that genitals are the most vulnerable organs below the waistline and they are extremely convenient to use in transmitting the disease, the virus targets vulva and entrance to vagina in women and penis or testicles in men. This form of herpes is called genital.

The good news about herpes is that in the majority of cases it does not cause serious health disorders, but temporary skin problems and a feeling of discomfort. Unfortunately, other herpes news is not so good.

Once the herpes virus penetrated the human organism by means of close contact with an infected person, like kissing or sexual intercourse, the first thing it does as a true secret agent is hiding himself in the certain nervous cells, where the immune system, a bodyguard of human organism, can not get him.

Being settled comfortably in its new home, herpes virus periodically sends its particles to launch new attacks on the skin surface. These new attacks are called recurrences and can happen approximately 4 times a year.

The specific feature of herpes is that this disease is, so to say, extremely personalized. Its external manifestation and symptoms differ greatly among people. Someone can have serious painful blisters, appearing with strict periodicity and someone may even not know that the virus sits inside him and uses every comfortable occasion such as sex contact or a kiss to transmit a disease to other human.

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To make the situation about herpes more optimistic, it should be underlined that human body has its own internal resources to fight the virus, called antibodies. They are formed in response to the initial invasion of herpes into the organism and serves to make all the next recurrences milder and less serious.

Besides, many treatment options are available to ease the pain, decrease the discomfort feeling during the blister stage, as well as speed up heeling. Nevertheless, the virus can not be destroyed once and forever Ė it remains in the organism to recall again and again that not following Godís tables can be seriously punished.

Nick


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