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How You Could Get Herpes On Your Face And What You Could Do With The Disease

Facial herpes is one of the most common types to come by. After genital herpes which is mostly caused by HSV of type 2, facial herpes-one that is caused by HSV of type 1 is pretty common. The latter has a tendency to return and relapse periodically from time to time. Some of the known triggers of facial herpes are poor immune system, excess contact with sunlight, and extremes of weather conditions. These conditions help the occurrence and recurrence of blisters and lesions.

these conditions help the occurrence and recurrence of blisters and lesions
These conditions help the occurrence and recurrence of blisters and lesions.

Characteristics of Herpes on Face

  • Herpes outbreaks that develop on face as a result of HSV infection are somewhat similar to fever blisters. But not all fever blisters are the symptoms of HSV infection. They appear as red swollen bumps filled with fluid. Both blisters and the area they occupy become tender as well as painful.
  • Facial blisters unlike those appearing on genitals do not generally scar. Healing takes place without scarring. But there are exceptional cases to come by. You can well understand why and how facial herpes turns out to be a major cause of embarrassment. Apart from causing burning sensation, it is a nagging source of discomfort.

Means for Contracting Viral Infection

Here again it is contact which does the trick. You may not be infected, but you can always come in contact with a person who is infected. This leads to the transmission of germs. During the point of transmission, the source or carrier may not have palpable signs of HSV. But even then, germs which are insidiously present can be transmitted. Acts such as kissing and hugging are likely to create necessary routes for the shedding and transfer of HSV.

Sharing of towels and common utensils for drinking are some of the other avenues of transfer. This explains why children in their infancy are more than likely to be infected by facial herpes. With adults, it is unprotected oral sex which creates grounds for virus transfer. Unhygienic ways and kissing are mainly responsible for causing facial herpes amongst children.

Body Parts Mainly Infected By Lesions

  • Nasal regions
  • Eyes and its surrounding parts
  • Oral cavity and gum
  • Lips
children in their infancy are more than likely to be infected by facial herpes
Children in their infancy are more than likely to be infected by facial herpes

How Lesions Develop

After contracting HSV germs, the preliminary infection progresses, and this varies from case to case. In some cases outbreaks and symptomatic show-ups are pretty mild. You already know, how certain cases, at, least one in every three or four are completely free from symptoms. There are people who after contracting the infection are found developing sores inside their mouth.

After invading the facial epidermis, the virus is carried forward by nerve cells. It lies hidden in the trigeminal ganglion cluster - the neuron bundles located near the inner part of ear. From there it becomes active to come up with symptomatic outbreaks. As long as it remains dormant, symptoms and outbreaks will not be experienced. Outbreaks tend to take place periodically in small and short episodes.

Minimizing The Possibilities of Facial Herpes

  • By adopting protective measures when you are in the bed.
  • Safeguarding babies from being kissed by strangers, or anyone who is likely to pass HSV germs.
  • Keeping sterilized feeding bowls and drinking utensils for babies is another imperative.

It is important to note that children below the age of six are most likely to contract facial herpes than others who are grown up. So, you should know how to safeguard yourself and your babies from the throes of infection.

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