A common viral infection that affects the skin. In most cases, people become infected with the virus in childhood. The first time a person (usually a child) is infected, symptoms may include mouth sores, sore throat, fever, aching, tiredness, problems with eating, and swollen glands. the virus then stays inactive in the body, until an active infection occurs and cold sores result.
Causes of herpes simplex infection
Herpes simplex virus type 1, or, less often, herpes simplex type 2 (the cause of genital herpes). The virus is spread from person to person by contact with fluid from a cold sore, saliva, contact with fluid from a cold sore, saliva, contact with an item that has the germs on it, or sharing food or drinks with an infected person. The blister and open sores can spread the virus until they heal.
Risk factors may trigger an outbreak of cold sores. Cold sores also recur for unknown reasons.
Risk factors of herpes simplex infection
- Fever or cold
- Excessive physical or emotional stress
- Weak immunity
- Menstrual periods
- Foods and drugs
- Skin infection
- Dental surgery or treatment
- Sun exposure
Sign and symptoms of herpes simplex infection
Patient may experience swelling and redness in face and mouth areas, including gums and throat, tiredness, fever, and feeling of pain in face and muscles. Blisters may appear on lips, face, gums, tongue, inside mouth, and on genitals. Urethra and vaginal discharge may also appear.
Pathogenesis of herpes simplex virus infection
After the first infection, herpes simplex virus sets up a life long presence in the body by traveling in to and remaining in nerve tissue. And later reactivating. Causing an outbreak. It can ‘shed” and infect others even when there are no symptoms.
Prevention of herpes simplex virus infection
Avoid skin to skin contact if blisters or other symptoms are present. Abstinence from sex; long-term monogamous sexual relationship with uninfected partner. To prevent infection in newborn it is necessary to ensure there is no active genital infection in the mother during delivery, or a caesarean delivery may be necessary.
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat herpes simplex infection but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat herpes simplex infection that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of herpes simplex infection:
Arsenic Album, Bovista, Arsenic Iod, Natrum Mur, Sulphur, Thuja, Medorrhinum, Mercurius, Conium, Calcaria Sulph, Lycopodium, Sepia, Silicea, Conium, kali Iod, Baryta Carb, Dulcamara, Hepar Sulph, Kreosote, Natrum Carb, Rhus Tox, Causticum, Borax, Baryta Mur, Bryonia, kali Bi, Magnesia Mur, Graphites, Apis Mel and many other medicines.