For millions of Americans, suffering from sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes, can significantly alter not only the health of the sufferer but also the emotional well being. When suffering from your first bout of herpes, and the issues regarding reactivation of the virus along with recurrence come to light, it is important not to panic and, instead, consider the facts regarding your health and treatment with an STD.
The herpes virus, as a sexually transmitted disease, creates a significant health complication in the person who acquired the virus, especially for women. While the initial outbreak is considered the worst, many herpes sufferers simply fret over the possibility and anticipation of subsequent outbreaks. As a virus that is latent, the herpes virus can hide within the body, for weeks and months, without any sign of recurrence, most often moving away from the skin and resting within the nervous system.
When reactivation occurs, the herpes virus begins to replicate, often returning to the original skin surface where outbreak occurred, giving the herpes sufferer a clear indication the outbreak has reactivated. There are, however, times when the herpes virus reactivates, replicates and there are no obvious symptoms. Known as asymptomatic reactivation, or more commonly known as unrecognized herpes, this recurrence and reactivation often results in complications of the nervous system without any clear indication of outbreak, in terms of lesions, ulcers or blisters. Most often, nervous system complications will present as pain and inflammation.
For patients who suffer from the herpes virus, consultation with a healthcare professional is always recommended. To reduce the frequency of recurrences, and the presentation of lesions and blisters, many healthcare professionals will opt to place the herpes sufferer on two types of medications; an anti-viral to suppress the replication of the virus and a suppressive therapy to control, to some extent, the frequency of outbreaks. With these two medications, individuals who suffer from an asymptomatic recurrence of herpes will often find their subsequent complications are never as severe as the initial complication.
As with any viral infection, the key to optimal health outcomes lies in the early diagnosis and intervention. For patients suffering from the herpes virus, the fear of the catastrophic recurrence of symptoms is frightening enough to cause emotional and psychological complications in the sufferer. However, using suppressive therapy with anti-viral prescription medications, many herpes sufferers will report most recurrences of herpes are asymptomatic in nature.