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Almost everyone has a certain limited resistance to the virus and in nearly all cases
it is not considered a serious or life-
Another type of herpes simplex virus, herpes simplex virus type 2, or HSV-
Genital herpes, especially when caused by HSV-
Between outbreaks, the HSV-
The symptoms of HSV-
The initial outbreak of the disease may be accompanied by fever, headaches, nausea or vomiting. It is also possible for more severe symptoms to occur in patients whose immune system is compromised for one reason or another. Also, the virus (either HSV-
After the initial outbreak, not all herpes victims ever suffer another. In victims who do experience recurring outbreaks, later outbreaks are normally less severe. In both cases, this is believed to be due to the body's immune system "learning" how to fight the virus, although it is unable to do so while the virus is dormant.
As of this time, the only treatment for herpes is symptomatic. A number of prescription antiviral medications can shorten the duration of an outbreak if taken as soon as the first symptoms appear, i.e. before the blisters form. If the outbreak is accompanied by pain, analgesics (e.g. aspirin or ibuprofen) can relieve the discomfort. Topical ointments can do the same for about half an hour at a time.
There is no cure for HSV-
Herpes simplex virus type 1, or HSV-
The virus has outbreaks that last about a week, after which the symptoms disappear and the virus retires to a dormant state in the victim's nerves near where the outbreak took place (typically the nerves of the face). The herpes virus is found throughout the world and is widespread throughout all human populations.
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