Herpes is a group of viruses that can cause painful sores and blisters. Herpes viruses are of three types: Herpes simplex that causes blisters and cold sores around the mouth; Herpes genital that causes the sores and blisters to appear around the genitals and lastly, Herpes zoster that can cause shingles and chickenpox. The stages of Herpes may not always be well defined and may not follow a known course or path.
The signs and symptoms of Herpes virus may also vary from person to person. Sometimes, these symptoms are so commonplace and similar to the symptoms of other diseases that an early detection becomes very difficult.
As stated above, the symptoms of Herpes are so commonplace and similar to the symptoms of other diseases that an early detection becomes very difficult. Nevertheless, we should be careful enough and not ignore any kind of discomfort signals sent by our body.
Sometimes, Herpes occurs through flu like symptoms. Just like flu symptoms, you might be having a cold and sneezes and may ignore this as a common flu. This could be dangerous because the virus will grab the opportunity of your ignorance to spread itself through your body.
The second stage will see a certain area of your skin becoming unusually red in color. Eventually, the specific part of skin that was infected becomes itchy and with time, begins to swell too. You feel pretty sore and the pain could become unbearable with time.
Eventually, Scabs appear at the infected area and this is one of the stages of Herpes. After Scabs appear, you may want to peel these off but must refrain from peeling off the Scabs as they can cause immense damage later. While Scabs may not be a desirable stage, but it is a natural occurrence on your skin.
As scabs continue to grow harder and harder, new skin tends to develop as one of the stages of Herpes. However, if you have peeled off the Scabs, the new skin does not grow as much as it should.
You must not at any stage scratch the infected area as that can leave permanent scars on your skin. Herpes does not have any stipulation on the number of times it can occur and if it occurs multiple times and you continue to scratch the lesions each time, you might end up having multiple scars all over your body.
Male genital herpes can spread from the act of having sex. The symptoms of genital Herpes are the genital becoming infected with red lesions at places. Herpes, being a virus, tend to heal after a period of time and it takes some time to heal. The more you know about it, the more you can handle it better.