Herpes Simplex Virus: A Holistic Approach to Treatment
The Herpes Simplex Virus is much more common than most people imagine, with estimates that as much as 90% of the United States adult population experiencing exposure to the Herpes Simplex Virus. While many people feel a social stigma attached to the term “Herpes”, that is actually not entirely true; and you should not feel ashamed. If you think you may have contracted Herpes (either HSV-1 or HSV-2) then you need to see your doctor immediately or call Progressive Medical Center to schedule an appointment immediately, and discuss alternative treatment options.
While the Herpes Virus cannot be cured, there are many treatments available that can reduce outbreaks, and allow those infected with the Herpes Simplex Virus to live healthy, normal lives.
About Human Herpes Virus Type 1
It is very important to distinguish the differences between Herpes Simplex Virus type 1, and Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 (throughout the rest of this article, these will simply be referred to as HSV-1 and HSV-2). The most common occurrence of the Herpes Virus by far is HSV-1, which is typically contracted orally (via kissing, sharing a drink, etc.). The actual mode of transmission is by saliva, which is why not sharing anything along the lines of eating utensils or drinks is an integral part of your overall, preventative healthcare strategy against HSV-1.
As mentioned above, as much as 90% of the adult population in the United States has been exposed to HSV-1, and may experience some of the following signs and symptoms as a result:
- Blisters filled with fluid around the inside our outside of the mouth
- A sore throat accompanied by swollen lymph nodes
- A burning sensation in the oral area, which may indicate an upcoming outbreak of cold sores
- Fever and chills
These are common symptoms and could be a manifestation of Herpes, as well as a variety of other health issues. If you are currently experiencing some of the above signs, it is important to see a physician immediately.
About Human Herpes Virus Type 2
When most people think of Herpes, they think of Genital Herpes, or HSV-2. While still fairly common (infecting approximately 1:6 adults in the United States), this virus is contracted via sexual intercourse, or genital contact with someone who has HSV-2. Here are some of the signs and symptoms a person who has contracted HSV-2 may experience (these symptoms are often referred to as “outbreaks”).
- Tingling sensation in the genital area
- Painful urination
- Small, red blisters in the genital area that are often painful
- Swollen lymph glands in the groin area
If you are currently experiencing any of the above symptoms, and are in the Atlanta area seek integrative medical treatment immediately by contacting us. Please avoid any sexual contact if you are experiencing these symptoms until you speak with a doctor.
While the Herpes Simplex Virus cannot be cured, there are a variety of measures that can be taken in order to minimize breakouts, discomfort, embarrassment, and help you live a normal life. Progressive Medical Center wants to help you, so please call us today. Of course we will respect your privacy, and all information you provide to us is strictly confidential.