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There are different types of herpes, they are; Genital herpes: This is a sore infection formed on the private parts by herpes simplex virus type1(HSV-1) There are different ways of preventing genital herpes which are as follows; (1) Natural ways by the use of lemon Balm: Lemon balm is a natural home remedy to reduce the replication of the herpes virus and it can be made by placing some herbs into hot boiling water for a few minutes (tea bag is optional),add some honey(raw is the best),drink and relax.(Allahverdiyev et.all,2004) (2) Eating of citrus fruits such as oranges,lemon and eating of healthy diet can help prevent herpes.(Web medical reference) (3) Use of condom every time you have sex:A latex condom may protect you from the herpes Virus if it covers the infected area.(Hughes jp,margaret As,et al 2016) (4) Ask your partner if he/she has ever had a sexually transmitted disease:most people who have genital herpes don’t know they are infected so ask whether he or she has had any other sexually transmitted disease,people with a history of STDs are more likely to have genital herpes. (5) Limit the number of sexual partners you have:The fewer sexual Partners you have in your lifetime, the less likely you are to be exposed to the herpes virus.(Web medical reference) (6) Don’t have sex while intoxicated :Alcohol and illicit drugs lower inhibition and impair judgement .people tend to be less careful about practising sex while intoxicated. Once secondary infection arise,antiviral medications are good at shortening the duration and decreasing the severity of outbreaks and are most effective when given at the first symptom of an outbreak. Another type of herpes is the
Herpes gladiatorum: …is an infection that can be spread to others through direct skin contact with leisons-this include kissing or sharing beverage container or lip balm with others and it is caused by HSV_1 and it is widely spread among athletes. The prevention includes: (1) Early identification and treatment of skin infection is important for your health.(Dr K.L Hermanm) (2)Treatment with an indifferent cream (zinc oxide or zinc sulphate),an anesthetic cream or an antiviral cream.(Dr K.L Hermann) (3) If you have a cold sore on your mouth,don’t kiss anyone especially babies,children or pregnant women (4) Infected athletes should not play,practice until a medical provider determine that the lesions are no longer infectious(contagious) (5) Don’t touch your herpes sores because you can spread the infection to other parts of the body,if you touch a sore,wash your hands with soap and water right after. (6) Don’t wet contact lenses with spit,it can lead to eye infection.(Allen W,mathies,MD)
REFERENCES (1) WebMD medical reference/reviewed by Traci C.Johnson,MD on September 07,2016
(2) Hughes JP,margaretAS,mujugira A,et all;effec of condom use on per act HSV-2 transmission rise in HIV-1,HSV-2 on discordant couples 2016,456-461
(3) Allen W,Mathies,MD.Herpes outbreak on arm

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