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Are Genital Herpes Sores Like Canker Sores On The Genital Area
Ony superficially: Genital herpes is a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease (std) caused by the virus herpes simplex type 2 (hsv2). It's related to the virus that causes cold sores or fever blisters in your mouth: hsv1. Canker sores are small ulcers on your tongue or the lining of your cheeks that are probably autoimmune in origin. We don't think cankers are of viral origin because they're not contagious. ...Read more
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
Canker & Herpes: Are different. Your canker sores are related to immune system issues or trauma to the soft tissue. Herpes lesions look different and are related to a virus and also immune system issues. Treatments are different too. See your dentist to confirm the type lesions you have and help w treatment ideas. ...Read more
Follow up: dr. Raff -- you said that canker sores do not cause genital herpes. Are canker sores herpes simplex 1 just like a cold sore?
Canker sores: Aphthous stomatitis is not due to herpes simplex. Dr. Namey and dr. Perkins have provided excellent advice and would read these carefully. The location of the herpetic lesions (oral v. Genital) no longer is specific for types 1;2. Cold sores may be herpetic, but not canker sores. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can cold sores be spread to the genital area? Is it possible for someone with cold sores to cause genital herpes in another person?
Yes, : Yes, it is possible. Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. Most people become infected as an infant or small child when kissed or by sharing eating utensils with an adult who has the virus. 20% of the cases of genital herpes are also caused by hsv-1 thought to be infections from oral-genital contact. The virus is most contagious when someone has a cold sore, but can still be passed along by someone who does not. Many people do not even know that they are infected because the virus can "hide out" in the nerve cells for very long periods of time - for some people it hides out forever and they never get a cold sore. For others, the virus can "wake up" at any time and that's when a cold sore happens. No one knows exactly what causes a cold sore to appear - sometimes stress, illness, fevers, colds, sunlight, cold weather, menstruation, certain foods, allergies, you name it! they usually last 7-10 days and are more of an annoyance than a danger unless you have a weakened immune system or contract a bacterial infection on top of the cold sore. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
So I didn't think my boyfriend had a canker sore in his lip but that day after he gave me oral sex I got red blisters that popped and they hurt like crazy and it burns to pee.... I think I have genital herpes and I don't want my parents to find out I'm so
May be herpes.: You may have genital herpes. Although, it's unlikely that it would have appeared so soon (the day after) exposure (oral sex) since they is a period of time before symptoms manifest (incubation period). The average time is 4 days but may range from 2 to 12 days. You should see you doctor for an evaluation and definitely during any period when there is genital ulcers or blisters for a diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I shared food with people I don't know too well, eating from same plate. Have a canker sore. Chances of contracting oral/genital herpes?
If I have a canker sore/cold sore, why did my hsv1 test come back negative? I had a canker sore that resulted in giving my girlfriend genital herpes when i gave her oral sex....She's positive for hsv1, but i'm not. Is that normal? Did we take different te
Make : Make sure you both are tested for hsv type 1 and 2. It was previously thought that type 1 was only localzed to the mouth and type 2 to the genitals, but that is not correct. Also consider the fact that your gilrfriend already carried the virus and you did not give it to her by giving her oral sex. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband gave me genital herpes through a canker sore--but his STD test came back negative for hsv1? Why is that? I have only had one sexual partner: my husband. I contracted genital herpes because he had a canker sore in his mouth and performed oral se
Test failure: The tests for viral presence and accurate identification (hsv-1 and hsv-2) are not 100% accurate. They tend to look for antibodies for the particular virus, which may not have yet been detectable when the test was performed. A re-test with one of the newer screening tests is advisable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What happens if a coldsore makes contact with someones underwear, around their genital area; could that give the person genital herpes?
If saliva soaks: through the underwear and comes into contact with genitalia, yes. ...Read more
If i tested hsv 1 positive but it is in my genital area do i consider myself to have genital herpes or just oral herpes?
I get very scared when i see a bump in my genital area, how can I tell the difference between ingrown hairs and genital herpes?
I have genital herpes. For the past two years, when I am acutely stressed, I have outbreaks on my left elbow area. Is this dissinated herpes and should I be more concerned? Also, am I still having asymptomatic outbreaks in my genital area? Can I give an u
I have a blister like rash around my genital area but 3 of my doctor said it looks like rash from shaving but worried it might be genital herpes?
Get it tested.: To be sure it is not genital herpes, it would be wise to get this tested. A smear/swab and tissue culture can make sure of the diagnosis. A tzank prep. Would show special cells called giant cells. However, if 3 doctors were not convinced, you might want to just wait a while. Genital herpes has other symptoms, like discharege, and swelling of the lymph nodes of the pelvis so be sure. ...Read more
I've been experiencing cold burning sensations in my arm and tingling in my legs up to my genital area, Is this genital herpes? It only lasts a bit
Nerve: These sound like irritable superficial nerves and, in the absence of lesions, don't suggest a herpes outbreak.If frequent tingling or pins and needles sensations occur in scattered areas of your body, get checked for deficiencies of calcium,magnesium, potassium,vitamin b12 or iron. ...Read more
I have the oral herpes, had sex with someone I think I passed the virus to, a little of his saliva touched my genital area, can I get genital herpes?
No risk: People are resistant to new infections with the same HSV type they already have. You will not catch a new HSV1 infection anywhere on your body, especially with the same virus strain already infecting your mouth. Also, HSV is not transmitted by such brief contact with saliva; the virus must be massaged into tissues. So no worries! Of course you could still catch HSV2 if sexually exposed to it. ...Read more
I have Hsv 2 genital herpes, I have a rash on my ankle could this be herpes? Never had episode not in genital area. FYI recent exposure to bed bugs
I think i was exposed to gen herpes 4months ago. I have not had an outbreak on my genitals but I do break out w/ canker sores. Can I have gen. Herpes?
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
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