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Dr. Addagada Rao
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I had a genital herpes blister that popped and the liquid from it got on my face. Is it likely I will break out on my face now?

Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
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I had a genital herpes blister that popped and the liquid from it got on my face. Is it likely I will break out on my face now?

Unlikely: Herpes simplex virus is different geno- type from genital herpes to non genital herpes , although some ties inter change. In order to transmit to different site usually need multiple contacts . See your doctor several drugs are now available that help prolonged remission . ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
23 years in practice
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Can you get herpes break out on your feet?

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
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Can you get herpes break out on your feet?

Yes: Herpes zoster is a condition that can indeed present in the foot otherwise known as shingles. ...Read more

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Dr. Joy Jackson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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How can I tell if i really have an allergic reaction, and not a variant of the herpes virus? I have had a sore throat for a few days, and began breaking out with chickenpox like symptoms, with blisters starting on my scalp, spreading all over to my face,

Dr. Joy Jackson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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This : This definitely sounds like it could have been a herpes outbreak as opposed to an allergic reaction. There are two types of herpes viruses (1 and 2). In the past type 1 was associated with cold sores and type 2 with genital herpes. Now it has been proven that both types can be found in either location. A quick way for you to know if you have been exposed to the herpes virus is by requesting a blood tests that checks for antibodies to both types of herpes. If the test comes back positive for either type then you can assume that you may have had an outbreak, and it if happens again see your doctor at the onset of symptoms and request treatment for herpes. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Tony Ho
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
9 years in practice
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If I have herpes and no out break can I still pass it on?

Dr. Tony Ho
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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If I have herpes and no out break can I still pass it on?

Yes: You can still shed virus even when asymptomatic; that being said, you are most contagious when you are having an outbreak. ...Read more

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
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Can herpes on the face cause complications beyond the aesthetic inconvenience?

Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
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Can herpes on the face cause complications beyond the aesthetic inconvenience?

Yes allergic reactio: It can cause a condition called erytema mutiforme which is a bullseye rah on extremities amd in immunosupressive individuals the virus can involve non skin areas. It can recur at regular or irregular periods and results in pain with nerve involvement, although uncommon. ...Read more

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Dr. Claudette Anderson
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I have herpes I was wondering if my partner would receive it as well even if I'm not having an out break and we are using protection?

Dr. Claudette Anderson
Board Certified, Gynecology
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I have herpes I was wondering if my partner would receive it as well even if I'm not having an out break and we are using protection?

If you are using : Protection it would help,as long as sexual contact is only genital.If any other e.g. Oral , you would have to use protection too.Your best bet,is to use prophylactic antiviral , Valtrex or Famvir daily.If you feel like you are about to have an outbreak ,then abstain ...Read more

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Dr. Carol van der Harst
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
30 years in practice
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If a female has herpes and is not having an out break and she has protected sex can he still get it? Also can it be spread by fluids down there from touching a female then the male area?

Dr. Carol van der Harst
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
30 years in practice
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Yes: The virus causing herpes in the genitals can "shed" and "spread" just before there is an outbreak. You can protect your partner by using a rubber condom, but avoiding sex at times you feel an outbreak is coming on is wise. See your doctor about daily antiviral medication to reduce your outbreaks and your infection risk. Be faithful to an annual female exam to learn about new medical helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
27 years in practice
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If you have herpes and you can't get a perscription is there anything you can do to help an out break?

Dr. Kathy Robinson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
27 years in practice
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If you have herpes and you can't get a perscription is there anything you can do to help an out break?

Need prescription: There are not any over the counter medications that can help with a herpes outbreak. You need to get a prescription for antiviral medication. Keeping stress low, eating a healthy diet and exercising can keep future outbreaks to a minimum is most people with herpes. ...Read more

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