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what is herpes?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Virus family: Herpes is a family of viruses characterized by small blister-like (vesicles) rash & by staying in the body until triggered again. Most common ones are herpes simplex i & ii which cause cold sores and genital sores. Chickenpox is a herpes virus that can reappear later in life as shingles. Epstein-barr & cytomegalovirus, roseola virus, & cause of kaposi's sarcoma are all herpes viruses.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Virus family: Herpes is a family of viruses characterized by small blister-like (vesicles) rash & by staying in the body until triggered again. Most common ones are herpes simplex i & ii which cause cold sores and genital sores. Chickenpox is a herpes virus that can reappear later in life as shingles. Epstein-barr & cytomegalovirus, roseola virus, & cause of kaposi's sarcoma are all herpes viruses.
Answered on May 3, 2016
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Virus family: Herpes is a family of viruses characterized by small blister-like (vesicles) rash & by staying in the body until triggered again. Most common ones are herpes simplex i & ii which cause cold sores and genital sores. Chickenpox is a herpes virus that can reappear later in life as shingles. Epstein-barr & cytomegalovirus, roseola virus, & cause of kaposi's sarcoma are all herpes viruses.
Answered on Sep 30, 2020
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Dr. Lisa Oldson
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Genital herpes?: When a patient asks about herpes, i find they r often interesting in learning about genital herpes, which is usually caused by type 1 or 2 herpes. Once a person has genital herpes, it can't b cured, but can b managed. Often herpes doesn't cause symptoms so the best way 2 know if u have it is 2 get tested. If u have a sore, see your pcp. If u want routine screening or info, see sexualhealth.Com.
Answered on Jul 3, 2015
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