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A 25-year-old female asked:

when u get genital herpes why i get this fishy odor is it from the sores or something else?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Asha Kamnani
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Possible: Whenever there is any change in the vagina from any infection, the vaginal discharge composition and balance changes. This makes it easier to get Bacterial Vaginosis which causes the fishy odor.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Bacterial Vaginosis: Sometimes disturbances to the natural bacteria in your vagina (douching, irregular bleeding, unprotected sex, etc) can allow abnl bacteria like Gardnerella to overgrow and cause a fishy odor. It's not sexually transmitted, but can be treated w/ Metronidazole(Flagyl)/Clindamycin/Boric Acid. See your GYN for a prescription and be examined for other potential causes. Nothing urgent/dangerous though.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there an effective treatment to reduce genital herpes symptoms?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Treatment available: There is no cure for oral or genital herpes, but antiviral medications are helpful in preventing or clearing up herpes sores. Topical antiviral creams are somewhat helpful but not as helpful as oral medications. To treat an outbreak, one should start the medication as soon as possible to get the best effect. Preventing recurrences helps stop the spread of herpes to a spouse or partner.
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How do you get genital herpes?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
From herpes virus: A person usually gets genital herpes from another person's fresh herpes sores. The other person may have sores on his or her genitals, lips, fingers, etc..., and transmit viruses by touching the uninfected person. Some infected persons (usually women) can occasionally transmit genital herpes even when they don't have visible fresh herpes sores.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the symptoms of genital herpes?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Painful ulcer: Genital herpes causes a painful ulceration on the genitals. Some people will describe it as a tingling, burning or itchy sensation. Others will describe it as a paper cut. Different people experience different discomforts. If you are concerned about genital herpes it is best to be evaluated by your doctor for confirmation.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How is genital herpes typically spread?

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Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Sexual contact: Sexual contact with a person with active herpes can spread the infection to a partner, either genitally or orally. Some people have an active lesion and don't know it. If you don't know your partner, use a condom!
Dr. Lisa Oldson
Dr. Lisa Oldson commented
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Keep in mind a person can have herpes without having any symptoms.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there a treatment for genital herpes?

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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syalanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
No: No permanent treatment at this time. There are treatments to limit the outbreaks and risk of spreading the virus.

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