- Herpes men - how dangerous it is?
Herpes men may proceed differently. If a person receives early treatment and recurrence of the disease are rare, it does not affect the quality of life. If relapses are frequent and systematic treatment is not carried out, it is possible to pass an infection in the testes and reduced fertility.
Reasons for herpes in men
Herpes in men is caused by the herpes simplex virus
Herpes simplex - in fact, not so simple
. There are two types of herpes simplex viruses: HSV-1 - it mainly causes Herpes on the lips and face and HSV-2 - causes herpes of the skin and genital mucosa. In some cases, HSV-1 can also be a cause of genital herpes
Genital Herpes - Causes
The herpes virus in men with HSV-1 enters the body most often in childhood and good immunity may be a long time did not manifest itself. By reducing the immunity it manifests itself "cold" on the lips. If during acute herpes on the lips
Herpes on the lips - problems with immunity
do not observe the rules of personal hygiene, the infection with dirty hands can be transferred to the genitals - developing sexual (genital) herpes. HSV-1 can cause genital herpes well as oral-genital sex.
But still the main cause of genital herpes in men is HSV-2. Infection thus occurs through sex. In this case, with a good immune disease also may be asymptomatic, and a man can not speculate about the presence of a genital infection.
In order to begin the recurrence of genital herpes, you want to decrease the immune system. It can be caused by hypothermia, any sexual infection, acute general infectious disease, chronic disease, intoxication (alcohol abuse, frequent smoking, drug use), high loads, insomnia, stress and so on.
If recurrences of genital herpes occur frequently (more than 6 times a year), you should get tested and find out the cause of this phenomenon.
Male herpes can manifest itself in many ways - it all depends on whether this process is a primary or secondary, that is a chronic recurrent herpes.
How does the primary genital herpes in men
Heavier usually occurs the primary genital herpes. The disease usually develops after a few days after sexual contact with women suffering from this infection (incubation period - from one day to three weeks). The man with the high temperature can be raised, accompanied by chills, malaise, headache.
Against this background, on the external genitals, often on the penis and foreskin, there are areas of redness and swelling, accompanied by intense itching and burning. Within one day, and the swelling increases on the surface of bubbles appear multiple transparent content. Within hours, the bubbles can merge together to form larger bubbles, which opened with the formation of extensive erosion.
Simultaneously, the confluence of several days may appear new rashes on other parts of the skin and mucous membranes: the skin of the trunk of the penis, scrotum, perineum, inner thighs, buttocks. Erosion may gradually blend with each other, forming a shallow but painful ulcers. Healing of such ulcers usually occurs within dyuh four weeks without the formation of crusts on the mucous membranes. The former site of the rash may be whitish spots.
With a significant inflammatory process in men often have pain in the back of the thigh, in the course of the sciatic nerve. Pain can last the entire acute period of the disease and subside only at improving the condition of the skin and mucous membranes.
Sometimes there are also frequent painful urination, indicating involvement of the mucous membrane of the urethra. At the height of the disease (usually a week after it started) increase and become painful inguinal lymph nodes
Lymph nodes - what keeps our immune system
The manifestation of recurrent herpes in men
After undergoing a primary infection in about a month produces immunity to the pathogen virus, which protects the body from heavy inflammation. But the immune system is unable to completely eradicate the viral infection - the pathogens become inactive her "hiding in the nerve ganglia. By reducing immunity (in men is often the case on a background of alcohol abuse), the herpes virus is activated, proliferates, moving along the nerve fibers to the skin and mucous membranes of the genitals and cause a relapse of the infection. It was found that HSV-1 causes less recurrences of genital herpes than HSV-2.
In chronic herpes exacerbation (relapse) diseases occur much easier and not so long. Frequency and duration of relapse is dependent upon the general condition of the body and primarily on the immune system. Manifestation of herpes in women in this case, are rarely accompanied by severe pain and impaired general condition. Characteristic symptoms as redness, swelling, rash, and a bubble appears in a limited area of the skin or mucous membranes. Lasts recurrent genital herpes is usually no longer than two weeks, and sometimes ends earlier.
During the first year after the onset of herpes symptoms in men appear more often, but gradually they are becoming increasingly rare.