Facts About Throat Herpes
Oral or throat herpes isn’t the same as genital herpes. Throat herpes includes the lip, mouth and throat and genital herpes infects the genital area and causes sores and painful pus filled blisters. When these blisters pop it can spread the infection and cause lesions. Throat herpes is a similar disease but it doesn’t have the same severe side effects. In some cases, a person suffering from throat herpes can have problems swallowing or even breathing.
Both types of diseases come from the herpes virus 1 and 2. They are called HSV-1 & HSV-2. Genital herpes are mainly caused by HSV-2 and 80% of all cases are related to it. The rest of the cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-1. With oral or throat herpes 70% of the cases are caused by HSV-1 while the remaining cases are caused by HSV-2. Most cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-2, so it is considered as the genital herpes virus. But this is a wrong assumption because both of these types of HSV can cause both types of this disease either in the throat or the genital area.
There are little to no differences in each type of disease and it does not matter which type infects a person. If the HSV-1 is responsible for herpes in either area, it may not be as severe as being infected by the HSV-2 type of herpes. If people who suffer with HSV-1 throat or oral herpes acquire genital herpes by way of HSV-2, the symptoms will not be as severe. Fortunately, for most adults who have came in contact with HSV-1 virus in their teens, are now completely immune to it and it usually will not reoccur.
All people who come in contact with either of these diseases have gotten it through some kind of sexual encounter. Either kissing or sexual intercourse can cause herpes but oral sex can spread either of these diseases from one area of the body to another. This infection is highly contagious and if a person suffering with throat herpes gives oral sex to someone, it can turn into genital herpes. The same thing goes for people with genital herpes and they can also spread either of the diseases to an unsuspecting person. The biggest problem with this is that the sufferer may not show any signs or have any obvious symptoms of the diseases. But this makes no difference because these contagious diseases can be spread even if there are no symptoms. Most of the time, the disease is most contagious when sores or lesions are present.
You can avoid getting either throat or genital herpes by using a condom. This can help with the spread of genital type herpes. But intimate kissing and oral sex is another matter altogether. The risk of getting herpes at this point is relatively low in a person who has no symptoms. But there is always a slight chance of getting this disease, even if a person has no visible symptoms.
There is no cure for either HSV-1 or HSV-2 and most of the time the disease will reoccur. Doctors can prescribe medications for the symptoms and there are newer drugs out now that can slow down reoccurrences or help to speed up healing during an outbreak. It is important to start taking these medications immediately to heal up an outbreak. It is also important to know that taking these medications will not stop a person from spreading this illness to others.
Before you become intimate with a sexual partner it may be a good idea to make sure that they do not have any type of sexually transmitted diseases. Even if you use a condom to prevent genital herpes, you can still get oral of throat herpes by kissing or from oral sex.