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Idk if i have herpes

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
Pediatrics 21 years experience
See your doctor: Get an exam and have a physician answer this question for you. If you are having lesions now - it is the time to go!
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Herpes: Herpetic lesions are small fluid filled bumps called vesicles, usually a cluster,rarely single.They are painful, sometimes early tingling or itching. The vesicles are contagious. It is best not to touch them , or to kiss or have oral sex, till scabs formed. Takes 10-14 days to heal. Treatment: acyclovir, or L-lysine( for oral lesions)
Dr. Larry Eastburn
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Cultures can help: HSV1 and HSV2 have similar morphology and natural history. Recurrent small grouped vesicles occurring on a reddened base, usually painful and found on the oral lips and genital areas are the most common symptoms. About 85% of the pop has HSV1 and 25+% have HSV2. Genital herpes may also be due to HSV1. Viral cultures and blood tests, antibody tests, are positive. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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