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Abreva Genital Herpes
The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more
Not so good: Docosanol (Abreva) has little if any effect against herpes outbreaks. It somewhat inhibits the virus in the lab, but has little benefit in shortening outbreaks. (The same is true for all creams or ointments, such as acyclovir or penciclovir, even though these are far more potent than docosanol against the virus.) Effective treatment requires oral therapy, e.g. valacyclovir or acyclovir. ...Read more
I have been using abreva. I have gotten cold sores before. I was just curious if I were to give my boyfriend oral, would he get genital herpes?
What's the chance of getting genital herpes if I went down on a guy when I had a cold sore, but been treating it with abreva for 2 days before oral?
Herpes: First you can only get genital or herpes type two if the person you were with has it. You having herpes one or 'oral' herpes has no relevance here. You can give him herpes by this act if he does not already have the oral form of herpes. And yes, the reason we do not use 'oral' or "genital' anymore is because you can get these viruses where ever you are exposed. ...Read more
If I have HSV2 on my lips, should I treat it like a cold sore (using abreeva) or like genital herpes when it comes to remedies?
Abreeva: Abreeva is inexpensive and easy. Apply 5 times daily for 5-7 days. You will be just fine. ...Read more
Mnay: First time around you may get systemic symptoms of fever, chills, malaise, an outbreak of numerous blister-like lesions on the genetalia which will rupture and leave very tender and painful ulcers which may last as long as 10-14days. The female genetalia may become swollen and tender to the point that she cannot walk. The man can develop severe swelling which may partially impede free urination. ...Read more
Nope, useless: Any cream or ointment may help herpes lesions feel better. To that extent, Herdox might help a little. But it has no ingredients active against herpes and does not speed healing. Don't waste money on it. The only effective treatments are the anti-herpes drugs acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir, and only by mouth; the ointments don't work well. ...Read more
Direct Contact: Genital herpes is essentially spread by direct contact with an infectious area. It is so common primarily due to its ability to infect another even in the absence of any sores. So, that means that genital herpes can be spread even if you or your partner don't see any sores - orally or genitally. Valtrex (valacyclovir) has been shown to reduce, not eliminate the risk for asymptomatic transmission. ...Read more
Herpes simplex virus: Herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus (hsv). Hsv 1 is the main cause of genital herpes, while hsv 2 causes cold sores. Herpes zoster causes shingles. All are contagious as long as sores (lesions) are present even of they are healing. Avoid contact, or sharing body fluids, or using glasses and utensils used by someone with active herpes. ...Read more
Treatment: If you're sure it's herpes, it can be treated with anti-herpes medication (acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir), provided you start soon enough. The lesion will go away without treatment, but it may come back in the same place. If it comes back infrequently, you can just treat it when it happens. If it comes back frequently (several times a year), you can take daily therapy to prevent it. ...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
A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more