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What is herpes?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
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.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
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.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
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.
Dr. Lisa Oldson
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
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.
Dr. Adolfo Fernandez-Obregon
Dermatology 43 years experience
Virus infection: Herpes is a family of various viruses that can be responsible for different diseases. Herpes simplex causes the typical cold or fever blister on the lips and face. Herpes varicella zoster is reponsible for chicken pox, and then can cause shingles.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
A family of viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
A family of viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Genital herpes: I don't see a question. Herpes is the most common cause of genital sores. If the diagnosis is uncertain, see a doctor for examination and testing.
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IS it Herpes Zooster or Genital Herpes get u’r GP to script Acyclovir tabs
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What is herpes?

8 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
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.
Olean, NY
A 62-year-old male asked:

Is herpes serious?

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Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 46 years experience
Not usually: Herpes simplex when sexually transmitted to an otherwise healthy adult usually manifests as a group of burning or painful blisters. The problem in these individuals is the high potential for reccurrence and it's contagious nature. Herpes simplex infections in those with a poor or compromised immune system such as aids or neonates on the other hand can be very serious.
A 35-year-old member asked:

If you have herpes, then do you have it forever?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Herpes is a virus that lives in a nerve cell. There is no cure for it yet. But it can be suppressed and kept dormant causing no symptoms.
Macon, GA
A 20-year-old male asked:

Can herpes be cured?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
No: Herpes simplex virus, like all members of this group of viruses, acts like a squatter. Sets up shop in your body and remains there for the rest of your life, although you may never have symptoms.
A 21-year-old female asked:

Signs of herpes?

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Dr. Trachella Johnson foy
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Painful ulcers: Genital herpes is a viral infection that most commonly presents w/ painful sores or ulcers in the genital area (boxer short distribution). Outbreak can start as pain & itching. There may be small red bumps or tiny white blisters. Some pts have pain w/ urinating, recurrent vaginal irritation, painful lymph nodes in groin, pain down leg. Inital outbreak may feel like flu. Sometimes no symptoms.

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