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1 Herpes Simplex Virus
Is it true that herpes simplex virus 1 turns into herpes simplex virus 2 when contacted on genitals?
HSV 1: HSV 1 is the "cold sore" virus & blood tests can show if u've been exposed (& therefore infected with) the virus. Some people never know it, because they don't get the blistery outbreak-but they can still be an infectious risks to others-from saliva if we're talking HSV 1. HSV 2 is genital herpes which lives in the genital tract. People are having more oral sex, which means some crossover occurs. ...Read more
How long does the herpes simplex virus (1) last on a finger.
-if one touched a present oral blister that hasn't yet opened ,then touched another area?
For life.: It's not as bad as it sounds. The first episode is the worst. Recurrences become less and less symptomatic, and less frequent until finally it stops . There is usually an interval of months, or years between attacks. Are you a health care worker? It can defiinitely be transmitted to other areas but for some reason isn't commonly. Good Idea to cover it while you have it with a band aid. ...Read more
I just need a prescription for acyclovir , i have herpes simplex virus 1 one and my doctor gave me a prescription for it with 4 refills and i lost it?
2 options: Your options depend upon what's happened thus far. If you already left your prescription at your pharmacy and lost the medications, just go back to pharmacy for early refill (although insurance may not pay). If you lost actual prescription, call doctor's office for new one. Since acyclovir isn't a controlled substance, I don't foresee an issue. Many docs use electronic prescribing so can't lose it ...Read more
Can you kill herpes simplex virus by anti bacterial wipes or wet ones after an hour 2 after an encounter? I know lysol does
Don't count on it: Have you been exposed? Herpes 1 or 2? The only sure way to avoid herpes is to avoid contact. Possibly oral Acyclovir or valcyclovir will reduce infection rate significantly. Condoms help but are not completely protective. The traditional solution to this problem is to find the right partner and limit sex exclusively to this one person forever. Magic wipes are not the answer. Lysol will not help yo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How Severe?: Most cases of herpes simplex i will resolve within a few days without treatment. Routine use of a broad spectrum sunscreen will help prevent and reduce the frequency of episodes. If the blisters are numerous with discomfort, an oral antiviral drug may be prescribed (valacyclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir). ...Read more
No: Most episodes will resolve without treatment. Treatment will hasten resolution and can prevent frequent recurrences. ...Read more
Usually location: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes virus: The herpes virus is finicky. It usually dies quickly if not kept warm ; moist. But it can grow in special viral transport medium that is used for herpes testing. There is at least one study showing survival with 12 hrs of freezing: https://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/3020105. ...Read more
Location: Essentially the same except for location.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not exactly: More than 90% of adults have antibodies to hsv1 by the 5th decade of life. In western populations 80-100% of adults of lower socioeconomic status had antibodies compared to only 30-50% of adults in higher socioeconomic groups. ...Read more
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
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