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What are symptoms of herpes?

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Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 72 years experience
HERPES SYMPTOMS: I am assuming you mean herpes simplex commonly known as cold sores. Symptoms are itching and burning, blisters located mainly on the lips and face, also on the genital areas. Occasionally on the fingers, buttocks, and other areas of the skin. Highly contagious. Caused by viruses.
Dr. Michael Louie
Urology 20 years experience
Herpes: Genital herpes live in the nerves of the skin around where you get infected. Flares are small clear bumps (vesicles) that break open and then cause painful sores. Extremely infectious if you see the bumps or the sores! you can get antivirals to decrease the outbreaks and reduce the symptoms, but once you get it, it's for life!
Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
Burning/tingling: When the vesicles are starting to form, many people experience tingling in the area followed by burning or stinging. In the resolution phase, it can cause itching.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Variable: Genital herpes can cause the typical ulcers or sore but it may also present in other ways such as burning with urination, itching without discharge, vaginal irritation with mild spotting. Your doctor can do some very sensitive tests to check whether the symptoms you have are due to herpes. Check the cdc.Gov website for more information on herpes and other stis.
Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
Depends on type!: If referring to hsv1 or hsv2 or even varicella zoster virus (hhv3) will cause a rash. All three can cause either or both pain and itching. Fever, malaise can be present as well- but not everyone gets all of these at once. A visit to your doctor is most appropriate if you think you have herpes.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Herpes Symptoms: The virus starts to multiply when it gets into the skin cells. The skin becomes red and sensitive, and soon afterward, one or more blisters or bumps appear. The blisters first open, scab over, and then heal as new skin tissue forms. During a first outbreak, the area is usually painful and may itch, burn or tingle. Flu-like symptoms are also common: swollen glands, headache, muscle aches, fever.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Herpes simplex: For localized mucocutaneous lesions they may present as blisters which break down and form shallow very painful and tender ulcers that generally last 7-10 days.

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What are mild symptoms of herpes?

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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
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Tingling: Tingling, burning which then could progress to painful blisters and rash. Some people will have no symptoms but still have herpes. Please get checked if there is concern.
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What are the symptoms and causes of herpes?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Herpes: Herpes often causes a cluster of multiple shallow ulcers sometimes with small blisters on a reddish base. Severity ranges from mild to very severe. Cause is the Herpes Simplex virus which is transmitted sexually.

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