(Greek herpes – lichen, from herpo – crawl, stretch), a group of viral diseases characterized by the precipitation of grouped vesicles and manifested as a herpetic infection and shingles. It can occur due to hypothermia, hypovitaminosis, a decrease in the body’s resistance. For the purpose of prevention, it is recommended that the body be tempered, especially children, wear appropriate clothing. Next, we will consider the most popular misconceptions associated with herpes.


Herpes can only get people with weak immunity.

This is not so, because herpes is a very contagious infection, it is tolerated by about 90% of the total population. Regardless of what type of immunity you have, every one can pick up herpes. The virus can be transferred through saliva. By the way, a sufficient one kiss with a person who suffers from herpes, in order to catch himself. It is also worthwhile to avoid the common use of household items (cups, spoons, plates) to prevent the appearance of herpes. Certainly, it is not necessary to admit to himself a person who has genital herpes.

Rashes that cause cold sores can not be soaked.

Water does not affect the herpes virus in any way and does not entail any pain and discomfort due to the shift of the crust at the site of inflammation.

If previously there were no problems with unpleasant symptoms, then do not worry.

There are such situations, and they are quite common, when a person does not feel any symptoms at all, although it is a source of infection. Since herpes, mainly transmitted by airborne droplets, a person who is apparently healthy, without knowing it, poses a threat to others. If one of your loved ones often suffers from herpes, this is a sign that you would not be disturbed to be examined, probably you can be a source of the disease.

It is difficult to diagnose herpes.

This is completely wrong, because to date, there are a number of tests that will tell you whether you are sick or not. Any human body can be exposed to the herpes simplex virus. Often, herpes can cause inflammation of the trigeminal nerve. Only the doctor – virologist or dermatoneurologist can correctly diagnose the disease. Although, if you are examined by a competent doctor of another specialty, he can suspect that the main cause of the disease in the herpes virus, and send the patient to the right specialists.

Zelenka promotes faster healing of herpes.

Zelenka can only lightly dry the rashes, but, unfortunately, to remove pain, itching and speed up the healing process, it is not in force.

Herpes is a disease of people who live in big cities, intellectuals, but in Siberian villages they never encounter such a problem.

Herpes virus begins to activate when a person’s immunity decreases. Being in constant physical and mental stress, the defenses of the body are not able to fight viruses. Overloads, urban ecology, unbalanced nutrition, an incorrect mode of the day, bad habits – this is what confronts any person living in a metropolis.

Many people think that herpes can only be on the lips or genitals.

In fact, herpes can be of two types. The virus of the first simple type affects the face in most cases. The most common part is lips. However, other parts of the face may be affected by herpes, for example, internal organs, the oral cavity, and the mucous eye. Herpes second type (genital) is one of the most common infections of the genitourinary system. It pours out on the skin of the buttocks and thighs, the genitals. Its rapid spread is connected with the sexual revolution that took place in the 60s of the last century.

The ultraviolet lamp can help in the fight against herpes.

On the contrary, the ultraviolet lamp can only strengthen the action of the virus, which will cause more rashes and a longer recovery period.

Herpes can not be cured.

It is necessary to measure with a temporary exacerbation, and to fight the pain and burning you need with the help of special ointments. In fact, ointments are not treated, but only slightly relieve the itching and pain during the disease. In conditions when a person is himself a virus carrier, and at the same time he is not disturbed by unpleasant symptoms, one can not worry. Help the body in the fight against the disease will help special pills and ointments. They have acyclovir in their composition, which has an antiviral effect. If herpes appears again and again, you should consult your doctor.

Herpes can not move from the lips to the genitals.

In every area of ​​the skin where there is at least the slightest trauma, it is possible to pick up a new hotbed of “fever” transferred from the lips. This is how the virus on the fingers or lips can be transferred to the eyes or genitals.

Having found once a “fever” on the lips, it will come back again.

Some believe that herpes can occur at any time. In part, they are still right, but it all depends on the frequency of relapses. If the fever arose only once and for several days, and later did not make itself felt, you need not worry. Based on the statistics, only 20% of the virus carriers form a recurrent form of herpes. But if the same illnesses are repeated in some periodicity, please contact your doctor. If a year you get herpes more than four times this is already a serious reason to undergo a full medical examination.

Men suffer from herpes more often than women.

This is not so, because the female organism is weaker, and accordingly they have a high probability of catching the virus. During pregnancy, herpes is the most dangerous. A virus of the first and second type can lead to very bad consequences for both women and the future child. Therefore, everyone who is going to have a baby needs to undergo a medical examination. But if genital herpes is found during pregnancy, surely the treatment is performed before the birth, so that the child is not infected when it passes through the birth canal.

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