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Types Of Herpes Infections

Types Of Herpes Infections

When your mother had time and again asked you to not drink or eat from the same glass or plate as other people, there was a reason to it. Many many diseases which are common and dangerous are usually communicable in nature. They spread by touch, primarily skin contact.


Many of you might have experienced cold sores around your mouth, more specifically around your lips. It is usually caused due to a virus. This virus is known as the Herpes Simplex virus which is the long term and dangerous condition of herpes.

Herpes is a contact disease which can spread by any kind of physical contact, namely saliva. Now the transfer from saliva can be direct or indirect. Direct would be any act of physical intimacy and indirect would be drinking water from a glass.

However, herpes is one of those conditions which are of many types. There are a total of eight types of Herpes viruses which can affect human beings and are called Human Herpes Virus(1-8).

Here are the 8 types of herpes virus which affects human beings:

Human Herpes Virus 1:

Also known as the Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV1), this particular type of virus is the cause of the cold sores on your mouth. The HSV1 is also known to affect the genital area of the person who is carrying the virus. This can transfer from one person to another through oral sex or other oral genital activities. The HSV1 virus is known to be highly contagious and can spread through skin to skin contact through small breaks in the mucus membrane.

This virus is most likely to spread through sharing glasses or plates, razors or even towels with an infected person.

Herpes Virus Spread Through Glasses Or Plates

Human Herpes Virus 2

The HHV2 virus in most cases, is the cause of genital herpes which is sexually transmitted. Even though it causes genital herpes, at times in few cases, it can cause cold sores in the facial area of the person.

The HHV2, like the HHV1 virus is highly contagious and can spread through skin to skin contact.

Herpes Virus Can Spread Through Skin

Human Herpes Virus 3

The HHV3 is also called the varicella-zoster virus. This particular herpes virus usually causes chickenpox along with a viral infection of the skin called herpes zoster or shingles.

Just like the HHV1 and HHV2 virus, this one as well attacks the nerve and skin cells of the body causing multiple sores on nerve fibre ends on skin cells. These sores pain, itch and a tingling sensation and the healing of these sores takes 2 to 4 weeks, however, the scars do not disappear.

Herpes Virus Harm Skin Cells

However, for most cases, people who experience shingles once, do not experience it again.

Human Herpes Virus 4

The HHV4 virus is also known as the Epstein-Barr virus and is the major cause of infectious mononucleosis which is commonly called the ‘kissing disease’ as it is majorly spreads through transfer of saliva.

Coughing, sneezing, using the same utensils can often result in this particular type of virus.

Transfer of Saliva

Human Herpes Virus 5

Cytomegalovirus is what HHV5 is scientifically called. This virus also causes mononucleosis. However for people with healthy immune systems, this virus may not cause any kind of symptoms.

This virus is majorly sexually transmitted and can harm newborn babies if their parents are infected and can also cause hepatitis.

Apart from sexual contact, HHV5 can also be caused due to breastfeeding, blood transfusions and also organ transplants.

Hepatitis Infected on Newborn Baby

The HHV5 virus seldom does any harm to people with good immune systems but for people with damaged immune systems, this virus can be deadly.

Human Herpes Virus 6

The discovery of HHV6 virus has been rather recent and was found in the blood cells of a number of patients who have been suffering from a variety of diseases. This virus causes roseola which causes high fever and a severe skin rash in children.

HHV6 Severe Skin Rash in Children

Human Herpes Virus 7

The HHV7 is even more recently discovered and is very closely related to HHV6. However, HHV6 and HHV7 are very common that most of you might have had it during infancy. The HHV7 virus also causes roseola.

Human Herpes Virus 8

Lastly, there is the HHV8 virus which was also recently discovered in tumours called Kaposi’s Sarcoma. These tumours are usually seen in patients with AIDS and otherwise are very rare. The HHV8 virus also causes other cancers like some types of lymphomas associated with AIDS.

Even though Herpes virus are dangerous and in some way continuous, there are treatments for Herpes Blisters given by us at Master’s Homeopathy. So book an appointment or visit us so that we can understand your condition, take a few tests and also treat it over a period of time.

 [ Also Read: Herpes Here is How Homeopathy Can Help You ]


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