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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Hsv (Overview)

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is the virus that causes Herpetic infections.


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How does HSV outbreak look like?

How does HSV outbreak look like?

Blisters: First you get a tingling or painful sensation, then there is the development of a group of blisters. The blisters open up and then become crusted and then heal. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
595 doctors shared insights

Hsv (Overview)

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is the virus that causes Herpetic infections.


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Are chapped lips a symptom of hsv-2?

Are chapped lips a symptom of hsv-2?

Chapped lips & HSV?: In short, no. Chapped lips are the same as "dry skin" over any other part of your body. They're not the result of a virus. Increasing hydration & using a barrier/salve (aquaphor, petroleum jelly) to maintain moisture should help resolve chapped lips. HSV is a virus. It's initial presentation on the mouth (which may be 1 or 2) is in a blister, that typically bursts & crusts over & is painful. ...Read more

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What natural home remedies that can treat and fight symptoms of hsv-1 and hsv-2?

What natural home remedies that can treat and fight symptoms of hsv-1 and hsv-2?

There are none: I don't want to knock the homeopathic guys... But there is only one path for effective treatment and prevention. Avyclovir and valacyclovir preparations. Home remedies.... Be prepared to be home 1-2 weeks until the ordeal is over. ...Read more

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Are false positive HIV ELISA tests a sign of HSV 2?

Are false positive HIV ELISA tests a sign of HSV 2?

Please get help: Please call your therapist. You obviously do not believe anything we tell you here. Don't understand why you think it is okay to take our time up when you don't believe our answers are accurate. Please find another forum to deal with your internal struggles. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hsv-1?

Cold sores: HSV-1 is the virus that causes cold sores. However, it is found with increasing frequency as the culprit for genital herpes. ...Read more

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What test is needed to diagnose HSV 1 if patient has never had symptoms of it but is worried they may have contracted it?

Test not needed : 90% of are carriers of hsv1. Testing can be done through a blood antibody test but usually is not since 90% will be positive. If you have an oral cold sore then a swab can be done to detect the actual presence of the virus. If you have not symptoms then there is no value in getting tested for hsv 1. ...Read more

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I had a blood test. Hsv 1 IgG type specific. Results 4.65 (0.00 – 0.90 index)h. What does mean. Do I have a std?

I had a blood test. Hsv 1 IgG type specific. Results 4.65 (0.00 – 0.90 index)h. What does mean. Do I have a std?

Welcome to the club!: Roughly half of all adults in the US have positive blood tests for HSV1 -- up to 70% at your age of 67. So welcome to a club with 150 million members! Most of these infections are oral, although some are genital. The majority are asymptomatic and remain that way, but many have recurrent oral herpes (cold sores, fever blisters). Without symptoms, HSV1 is rarely transmitted to other persons. ...Read more

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2 yr old dxd with eoe and gp — was on swallowed budesonide for eoe for 3 months — egd showed HSV esophagitis — did steroid cause hsv?

2 yr old dxd with eoe and gp — was on swallowed budesonide for eoe for 3 months — egd showed HSV esophagitis — did steroid cause hsv?

No: A steroid cannot cause hsv infection. Hsv is a virus that is transmitted to children often transplacentally from the mother in utero. Certainly, the virus can be transmitted orally via oral contact with someone carrying the virus. The steroid can suppress the immune system and allow the virus to activate and become a problem, as it did in this child's esophagus. ...Read more

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Do sores inside the vaginal lips automatically mean hsv?

Do sores inside the vaginal lips automatically mean hsv?

No: There are several types of infections that can cause vaginal sores as well as just irritation from excess moisture or wearing chafing clothing. You should have an examination to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What is givin to treat really bad HSV outbreaks? Can pennacillin help?

Herpes: Is treated with antivirals. Penicillin is not indicated since we use it for bacteria. Herpes is a virus. Talk to your doctor about getting adequate treatment. Take care! ...Read more

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for daily use in treating hsv-1? Save and effective?

Prophylaxis: The daily use has been with the idea of decreasing exacerbations and passing on the virus to the sexual partner. It is not without side effects and you should see your doctor at scheduled bases for evaluations and blood tests and report to doctor if there are bleeding, bruises, jaundice or other major manifestations. ...Read more

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How much monolaurin is recommended daily for treatment of hsv-2?

How much monolaurin is recommended daily for treatment of hsv-2?

None, unless...: Unless there are some good, human research studies that show there is a definite beneficial effect with monolaurin, there is no need to use it for herpes. Testimonials and marketing hype do not count as research. Since monolaurin is not a real, fda-approved medication, one cannot be sure about the products for sale (may vary in purity, additives, effects, side effects, etc...). ...Read more

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I have had HSV 2 16 years. Does HSV 2 shorten my life without treatment?

No: I have never heard of hsv2 infection shortening life expectancy. ...Read more

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Is there a realistic timeline for an HSV 2 cure? I read about breakthrough cures and vaccines often but nothing approved yet. When will we see this?

HSV Cure: In a small study, researchers found that the drug -- pritelivir -- substantially curbed 'viral shedding' in people with genital herpes, decreased the amount of time virus was active and potentially transmissible to patients' sexual partners.

Otherwise, current treatment of HSV with Valcyclovir and Acyclovir meds only limi symptom severity. NIH has launched a phase I trial of a new vaccine, ...Read more

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I read news about a new drug for hsv, what is it about, when is going to be able to get it?

HSV?: Are you sure you're not talking about hcv? There's nothing new that I'm aware of for hsv, and little reason for new drugs. The drugs available now (valacyclovir, acyclovir, and famciclovir) are generic, cheap, safe, well tolerated, and effective. ...Read more

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Taking 1 tablet daily of valacyclovir is said to prevent HSV transmission from the host to the partner. How accurate is that? How to protect ourselves?

Taking 1 tablet daily of valacyclovir is said to prevent HSV transmission from the host to the partner. How accurate is that? How to protect ourselves?

Herpes: Taking valacylcovir to prevent or to turn down potential viral shedding and contagiousness diminishes the risk by 50%. This is the best that can be done as of now with western medicine.
Your physician seems up to date on this vital information. ...Read more

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Person an is HSV negative, and kissed person b who is positive. What is percent chance person a gets infected?

Person an is HSV negative, and kissed person b who is positive. What is percent chance person a gets infected?

Small: If person b has no active sores the risks are small on a single exposure. If they have open and active sores the risk is at least 50%. ...Read more

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Can a mother have HSV 2 and child have mild hearing loss, does that mean the child was passed on HSV 2 to cause hearing problems?

Can a mother have HSV 2 and child have mild hearing loss, does that mean the child was passed on HSV 2 to cause hearing problems?

Transmission of an : Active HSV 2 infection during vaginal delivery leads to neonatal herpes encephalitis, not isolated mild hearing loss. Last case I saw was in 1976, thank God. Stop beating yourself up. There are over 200 genetic causes of sensorineural hearing loss. Chronic middle ear fluid can cause conductive hearing loss. Even mild hearing loss impacts academics. Ask child's doctors what, why, how & what to do ...Read more

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I have HSV 1 genital. My partner doesn't. What are the chances I'll transfer it? Anyway I can avoid it?

Viral Shedding: The herpes virus can occasionally be spread when there are no symptoms due to a phenomena known as viral shedding.
It is possible for a person to carry the herpes virus without knowing that they have it, in fact, up to 80% of people who are infected with hsv-2 or hsv-1 show no signs of the infection. So it is possible for a person to unwittingly transmit the infection to their partner. Valtrex (valacyclovir) qd. ...Read more

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Can HSV be cure?

Can HSV be cure?

No: Hsv — hepes simplex virus comes in 2 basic forms type 1 (generally oral) and type 2 (generally genital). Both are viruses that live in the nerve ganglion & once infected it remains with you all your life. Many can have hsv1 and never have any real problems except an occasional cold sore, hsv2 tends to be more troublesome but both can be controlled with medication from your md or dentist. ...Read more

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Can u get HSV from toilet?

No: Hsv transmission requires direct contact of mucus membrane to mucus membrane, either oral or genital. ...Read more

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What does Hsv lgG A positive mean?

Antibodies: It indicates that you have antibodies to HSV. There are two types of HSV...type 1 and type 2. The common antibodies are IgG (long term) and IgM (short term). I usually recommend testing for IgG and IgM and reflex to type specific (type 1 and/or type 2) to allow better interpretation of your results. ...Read more

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What does hsv lgG type 2. (0.10) mean?

HSV: Hello ~ I NEVER do this Ab test, unless I am looking for cerebral herpes. The test works everyone up for nothing and is of no great medical importance. THAT means that you have a positive, low titre, of herpes IgG (immunoglobG shows PREVIOUS infection), indicative of OLD infection with herpes Type II (genital herpes) (and 80%-90% College kids do as well) thanks! ...Read more