Herpes Type 2

Herpes type 2, or Herpes Simplex type 2, is one class of the condition Herpes Simplex. While Herpes Simplex type 1 and type 2 share many common characteristics, and both can effect either the mouth or the genitals, herpes type 2 is mostly associated with infections on the genitals, anus and lower abdomen, aka genital herpes.

Herpes type 2 is an STD most commonly contracted through sexual intercourse with an infected partner. Once contracted, herpes stays in the infected person's body for life, and there is no known permanent cure, although herpes can be controlled with prescription or natural drugs and treatments, and through lifestyle changes and diet. This form of herpes is very common, despite the taboo around the disease, and it is estimated that up to one in six people in the United States alone may be infected. It is postulated that the reason of this high infection rate is that most people infected simply don't experience any symptoms, and may be completely unaware they are carrying the disease.

For those that do experience symptoms, the condition ranges from relatively light and mild symptoms, to quite heavy and severe. Light symptoms may include a small breakout every few months, which may be a rash or redness around the genital area, some itching or uncomfortableness, and possibly some small, pimple sized blisters. Those with heavy symptoms fare much worse, as herpes type 2 severity levels escalate quickly. Those with severe symptoms may experience outbreaks once or twice a month, with large, seeping blisters, large amounts of itching, a painful rash, and flu like symptoms such as fever, nausea, headaches, fatigue and joint or muscle pain.

A range of treatments exist for Herpes Type 2, and these can include medical, natural or dietary and lifestyle treatments. Sufferers are advised to see a doctor if they are or suspect they are infected with herpes type 2, and start on a treatment regime as soon as possible in order to get symptoms under control and avoid the pain and discomfort associated with the disease.

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