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Recognizing the Stages of Herpes

Recognizing the Stages of Herpes

Herpes is a common condition affecting thousands of men and women around the world. This virus is easily spread, usually through contact with an infected person who is having an outbreak. Whether you have just learned you have herpes, or are in a relationship with someone who is infected, or you simply want to know what to look out for, the stages of herpes are a simple way to understand the virus.

A herpes outbreak generally follows a few basic stages. These stages of herpes can be recognized and assist those infected in avoiding the spread of the virus to other people. During an outbreak is when you are most likely to spread the infection, so this is the time to avoid contact with others.

The first of the stages of herpes is the initial sign of an outbreak This is usually an area of redness on the skin where the herpes sores will soon erupt. Many people do not notice this until the next stage starts to develop, and can miss this early sign. It is usually when the area starts to show signs of swelling that the outbreak is noticed. This swelling is a second stage, although the redness and swelling are sometimes considered to be one stage.

The next of the stages of herpes is the true beginning of the sores that result in an outbreak. At this point, small blisters will start to form on the area of redness and swelling. The blisters are usually filled with a fluid that can be either clear, whitish or reddish. There is usually a cluster of small blisters, but sometimes there is only one.

As the stages of herpes continue, the blisters will turn into wet ulcers, their tops coming off. This is usually a painful stage where the area of the outbreak is sensitive to the touch. Finally, the sores will scab over and dry out, and then flake off. After the sores are no longer present, the outbreak is considered to be over.

There is another method of breaking down the stages of herpes, by separating them into active outbreak stage, a healing stage, and a dormant or asymptomatic stage. Although the virus is said to be dormant during the stage without symptoms, it is possible to still have what is called a “silent outbreak” where the virus is contagious even though there are no visible symptoms.

The stages of herpes can be broken down into a few general stages, or the more specific stages that follow each step of the outbreak itself. It’s important to know what exactly to look for in each of the stages in order to properly control the spread of herpes. It is recommended that sexual contact be avoided during an outbreak of genital herpes, although condoms are a good precaution to take if you choose not to be celibate during this time.

Everyone should know the stages of herpes, whether they are infected or not. Knowledge is the key to stopping the virus from becoming more widespread than it already is.

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