What’s a Virus?
So now that you know that herpes simplex is a virus. It’s not hereditary, and it’s not due to bacteria or in ways that cancer and related diseases are caused. It is necessary that you understand what a virus really is and how they work in the body if you wish to know why and how the herpes virus acts the way it does within the human body as well as what you can do to prevent outbreaks.
A virus is, in fact, a very minute living thing. Viruses are described as parasites of cells, meaning they attack your body’s cells, and it’s how they thrive and grow. Perhaps, you’re aware that your whole body is composed of cells, and every cell has a distinct function. Various viruses affect various cells and have a distinct outcome and effect on the human body.
A virus’ whole purpose is to persist in reproducing itself. It cannot live by itself, and it completely depends on RNA or DNA to continue to copy itself. The virus is a type of parasite, therefore, it needs to latch itself onto a cell within the body to survive and reproduce itself.
The family of Herpesviridae (Herpes Family) acts in this manner. The different viruses under his family will attack the various cells of the body (also varying according to where you got your first infection). They’ll attack that certain body part at the cellular level.
The herpes virus can remain dormant within your nerves for a long period, and once it becomes active once more, it will travel down your nerve and to the area frequently in the same spot as the first infection and trigger off a recurrence of the symptoms.
There are several types of the virus. Each is a part of Herpesviridae as they’re similar yet they cause distinct reactions and symptoms in the body.
The Herpes Family
The majority of people don’t realize the number of herpes types there are in Herpesviridae, and they do not realize the particular common diseases are due to a herpes virus (like chicken pox).
There are, in fact, 5 different types of the viruses within the herpes family. The word “herpes” has become widely common when talking about the HSV-1 and HSV-2 types. The main emphasis of this article is of those two types. However, it is good to know and understand the other types within the same family to understand the virus and know why some research suggest that there’s an estimate of 90% of the population that have some type of herpes.
1. Herpes Simplex Virus – HSV-1 and HSV-2: These are known to be the most common herpes types that result in outbreaks on the genitalia or mouth.
2. Herpes Zoster or Varicella zoster: This is the type of herpes virus that causes shingles and chickenpox.
3. Epstein-Barr virus: This type causes mononucleosis or “the kissing disease.”
4. Cytomegalovirus: it is a fairly new discovery within Herpesviridae, which can also give rise to mono and hepatitis and health problems in newborns. It can be passed on sexually.
5. Human herpesvirus type 6: It causes “Roseola,” a viral disease that causes rashes on skin and fever in children, frequently below three years old). Also, there’s been a type seven associated with this one.
Research on every different type and strain of the virus can aid to progress towards better management and treatment and a cure of HSV-1 and HSV-2 eventually.