- Herpes Body - the problem of the immunity
Cold sores on the body can be caused by different types of herpes viruses. At the same time they often can not be distinguished only by clinical signs of the disease - requires a laboratory diagnosis. This is important because infections caused by different herpes viruses, can leave different consequences.
Causes of herpes on the body
The cause of the herpes sores on the body is most often herpes virus type 3
Herpes type 3 - causes chicken pox and shingles
(varicella zoster) that causes chickenpox and shingles
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. The virus resides in the body of a child who has had chicken pox, and remains there for the rest of his life, being in the nerve ganglia in an inactive state. But with lowered immunity virus is activated, down the nerve endings in the skin cells to multiply and cause a recurrence of herpes infection, called shingles.
The most common shingles
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It develops in older people, but it is not excluded his appearance in any other age, even in children.
Herpes Body contagious only for those who at one time suffered no chicken pox. In children it causes chickenpox.
Herpes on the body can also be caused by the herpes simplex virus
Herpes simplex - in fact, not so simple
Most often the first type (HSV-1), but it is possible and a second (HSV-2). As herpes transmitted on the body, in this case? The infection can spread from lesions on the face or genitals with dirty hands when non-compliance with the rules of personal hygiene. In any case, a cold sore on the body is contagious to others, infection occurs through direct contact with the patient, as well as through the hands and household items contaminated with inflammatory fluid released at the site of inflammation.
Symptoms of herpes on the body
What is herpes on the body? Signs of herpes on the body depends on the type of herpes virus, which caused inflammation. When shingles inflammation of the skin occurs in the course of the affected nerve. The most common site of herpes zoster is the skin on the chest above the intercostal nerves and face in the course of the branches of the trigeminal nerve. But there may be other localization, for example, herpes on the shoulder along the branches of the brachial plexus.
The disease begins with the appearance of unpleasant sensations along the nerve numbness, itching, and so on, which pass into the pain.
The process is usually one-sided. Then, the skin appears redness and swelling, in the form repeating the course of the affected nerve. Pain and itching at the site of inflammation worse. The pain can wear like a dull aching, or sharp, paroxysmal in nature. Sometimes the temperature rises, but rarely to high numbers. But almost always develop signs of intoxication such as headache, malaise.
Then, on the surface of the skin appears reddened edematous groups of bubbles with clear content. Often bubbles coalesce to form larger bubbles, itching increases, it becomes unbearable. The next stage - a part of the bubble bursts, and inflammation of the surface starts to get wet. But at the same time may appear and new bubbles. The bursting of the bubbles turn into sores, then gradually covered with crusts. As a result, the skin creates a mixed picture of bubbles, sores and scabs. Pain along the nerve amplified.
If this process is not treated immediately, it can be complicated by postherpetic neuralgia - severe pain in the course of the affected nerve by the herpes virus, which can last for weeks, months or even years, after all disappear cutaneous manifestations of herpes. This complication may significantly reduce quality of life, bring it to insomnia, nervous breakdown and depression.
Body herpes viral HSV, located in a place where there was the introduction of skin infection. Most often, such a transfer of infection occurs when a herpes on the lip with a significant decrease in immunity, for example, after acute illness, exacerbation of chronic disease, severe cold, and so on. This appears on the skin of a small round or oval red spot, which then swells slightly towering above the skin and is accompanied by severe itching.
Next, in the inflamed skin appear groups of bubbles which undergo the same change as in herpes zoster. But since these bubbles are placed on the skin, regardless of the branches of nerves, the disease is rarely accompanied by severe pain. Basically, patients worried about itching and burning, which are enhanced by contact with clothing.
It ends with herpes simplex, usually without consequences, but sometimes, if the inflammation was significant, the skin remains pigmented or brown, or white depigmented spots that disappear after a few weeks.
For herpes simplex has not spread to surrounding or distant areas of the skin, it should be treated, while respecting the rules of hygiene: up weeping inflamed skin is better not to touch without hands, using the application on the skin of medicinal solutions and ointments, cotton swabs or tampons. After the procedure you need to wash their hands thoroughly.