Seeking treatment for herpes may help to reduce the symptoms of the virus. Herpes may appear around the mouth and lips, or around the genitals. Patients should discuss the condition with a licensed physician for more information about how to avoid spreading the virus or contracting it in the first place. Before an appointment to discuss the disease, patients should take a little time to prepare for their appointment.
A Little Information About Herpes
Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus or the herpes simplex 2 virus. Herpes simplex 1 is usually responsible for cold sores around the mouth, while herpes simplex 2 is usually responsible for genital herpes. However, both viruses may cause either condition. Herpes appear as sores in these areas and may be painful and uncomfortable. The viruses are very contagious and may be spread through sexual intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, kissing, sharing cups and eating utensils or sharing other personal items that may spread bodily fluids from one person to another.
Ask Plenty of Questions
Take advantage of the time you have with a licensed physician. Ask questions that will help you learn more about the disease and what can be done to relieve your symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure for herpes, although there are certain medications and treatments that may provide relief or reduce herpes outbreaks.
Ask your doctor which treatment or medication he or she recommends and then ask about alternatives to their recommendation. Also ask about how you can avoid spreading the virus to others. Condoms are thought to reduce the risk of spreading herpes, although they do not eliminate the risk. Studies are still being conducted on this subject, however, and it is one that should be discussed with a physician.
Form some of your own questions that will help you better understand the condition as well.
Be Prepared to Answer Questions
The physician will probably ask you plenty of questions during the appointment. Try to remember when you first noticed symptoms. Also try to remember if any activities may have led to the spread of the virus such as sexual contact, sharing utensils, sharing a toothbrush, etc. Depending on whether you have cold sores around the mouth or genital herpes, different activities may put you at risk.
The time you have with a physician during your appointment is valuable in learning more about herpes and how to manage the condition. Take advantage of the opportunity so that you walk away more educated and prepared.
The time you have with a physician during your appointment is valuable in learning more about herpes and how to manage the condition. Take advantage of the opportunity so that you walk away more educated and prepared to deal with the condition.