Herpes Types – Herpes Simplex 1 versus Herpes Simplex 2

As you probably know, there are two different types of herpes that are normally referred to as herpes type 1 and herpes type 2. Each of these types of herpes is caused by a distinct virus, known as the herpes simplex virus 1 and the herpes simplex virus 2 – and they are fairly different while at the same time being relatively similar.

What is the Herpes Simplex Virus?

In simple terms, the herpes simplex virus (HSV) is the virus that causes herpes symptoms – including the sores that characterize the condition. It is a virus that has no known cure, and once you’re infected you will carry it for the rest of your life.

However not all infected people present outward symptoms – those normally only show up during ‘herpes outbreaks’ when the virus flares up and causes itchiness, sores, oozing, and so on. During these ‘outbreaks’ the risk of infection is much higher too.

Differences Between HSV 1 and HSV 2

Until fairly recently, HSV 1 and HSV 2 were known as ‘oral herpes’ and ‘genital herpes’ respectively. It was thought that genital herpes only affected the genitals and oral herpes only affected the mouth area.

That however is now known to be false.

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Both HSV 1 and HSV 2 can affect any part of the skin – with no limitations. However there is a ‘preference’ of these viruses to attack certain areas. In the case of HSV 1, the virus tends to prefer areas above the waist whereas in the case of HSV 2 the virus tends to prefer areas below the waist.

Due to that one simple difference, HSV 1 may sometimes cause sores near the genitals, but it is extremely unlikely to recur if it does. Similarly, HSV 2 may sometimes cause sores near the mouth – but those too are unlikely to recur.

It is also worth noting that HSV 1 is a lot more common than HSV 2.

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Does the Type of Herpes Matter?

On most fronts, HSV 1 and HSV 2 are fairly similar – however it is still important to identify the type of herpes you are carrying. For the most part, this is due to the fact that it will determine how easy or difficult it is for you to live with herpes.

Generally speaking, HSV 1 tends to be much ‘milder’ than HSV 2. It is a version of the virus that on the whole is less contagious, and less likely to recur over time. On the other hand, HSV 2 is more contagious and tends to continue to have outbreaks recurring.

In other words: The type of herpes you have will determine how prolonged your recurring outbreaks will tend to be.

Rather than go through the conventional dosage of drugs and medications that only provide mediocre results while at the same time often come bearing hefty side effects, it might be best if you instead look to some of the natural treatments that will help you to deal with both HSV 1 or HSV 2.

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