Herpes is a viral disease with a characteristic rash of grouped vesicles on the skin and mucous membranes. This is the most common viral disease caused by the herpes simplex virus.
The disease affects both children and adults, regardless of gender. Infection of the population with herpes infection is very high. Carriage of viruses is widespread. Epidemiological studies conducted over the past 10 years have shown that by the age of 15, 80 percent of children are infected, and by the age of 30, 90 percent of the population have antibodies to herpes viruses of one type or another.
The most common are herpesviruses of the first type (causing herpes on the lips) and the second (causing genital herpes). The source of infection is virus carriers and patients with various forms of the disease.
How not to get herpes
- Strictly follow the rules of personal hygiene. Labial herpes is an infectious disease! Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after contact with cold sores, after applying antiviral cream.
- Do not touch your eyes with your hands! This is especially true for women as they do their makeup.
- Do not use saliva to moisturize contact lenses.
- Do not touch the areas affected by herpes! Despite the severe itching and pain, in no case touch the herpes rash, do not kiss, especially with children, do not use someone else's lipstick and do not lend your own to anyone, do not share the same cigarette with a friend.
- Do not try to get rid of blisters or scabs to avoid spreading the infection to other areas of the body.
- Use a separate towel and utensils, do not drink from someone else's glasses.