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Herpes is a virus that infects the nervous system. The herpes virus comes in different strains. Most commonly, HSV I, HSV II, and Herpes Zoster.  These are also known as herpes simplex virus type 1, herpes simplex virus type 2, and Shingles respectively.  Visualize the human nervous system like a tree trunk with it's extensive root system. The tree trunk represents your spinal cord, and the roots represent the nerves that branch out through your body.  The herpes virus  infects one of theses nerve  branches.  When this happens it causes irritation, and varying degrees of other signs and symptoms at the site of infection.  Typically, the initial infection is the worst.  It causes burning, inflammation, little blisters or bumps, and sometimes open sores.  Usually this infection last 7-14 days.  If open sores get infected with bacteria the sores can last longer. herpes
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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