The disease is spread all over the world and attacked both men and women with a frequency that is no different. Infection with herpes simplex virus type I usually start at the age of the children, while the infection of herpes simplex virus type II usually occurs in adulthood and is associated with increased sexual activity.
The disease is caused by the herpes simplex virus type I and type II. Herpes simplex virus type I plays a role in abnormalities in the mouth while the herpes simplex virus type II plays a role in abnormalities in genital. The affected area is often confused because of the way of sexual intercourse such as oral-genital, so that there is herpes in the genital area is sometimes caused by the herpes simplex virus type I, while in the mouth and oral cavity may be caused by herpes simplex virus type II.
Herpes simplex symptoms vary from one individual to another. The first infections last longer and heavier, approximately 3 weeks and often accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, fatigue, pain around the mouth, not eating and can be found swollen lymph nodes. The main symptoms of clustered vesicles over the skin is swollen and red, containing clear fluid and then became cloudy, sometimes itchy and may be crusting. This crust will then be separated from the skin and skin showing pink that will heal without scarring. These vesicles can arise in any part of the body, but most often occur in the area around the mouth, nose, genital area and buttocks. After that, patients included in the latent phase, because the virus is still present in the patient's body in an inactive state in the ganglion (nerve cell bodies), which supply the sense of the infected area. In this phase of clinical symptoms was not found.
Recurrent infections (recurrent) can occur when the herpes simplex virus in the ganglion is in an inactive state with a mechanism to be active and reach the skin, giving rise to symptoms. The symptoms are lighter than the first infection and lasts about 7 to 10 days. Other than that sometimes arises a sense of heat, itching and pain before vesicles appear.
When genital herpes in pregnancy occur, it needs serious attention, because the virus can get into the blood circulation of the fetus through the placenta (afterbirth) and can cause harm or death to the fetus. Abnormalities that occur in infants may include encephalitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain), keratoconjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye) or hepatitis (liver inflammation).
Plants that can be used to treat Herpes Simplex:
- 15-60 g of fresh leaves of Paederia scandens (Lour.) Merr. washed, crushed. Add a little water and salt to taste, to put it on a sore body (not to the genital area)
- Fresh leaves of Pigeon peas - Cajanus cajan [Linn.] Millsp. taste, washed and polished. Apply at herpes bubbles then covered with gauze. Replaced 3-4 times a day.