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Herpes (Definition)

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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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,

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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Can herpes on the face cause complications beyond the aesthetic inconvenience?

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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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?

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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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?

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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If you have herpes and you can't get a perscription is there anything you can do to help an out break?

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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How long does it take for herpes to break out?

4-5 days: From initial exposure to beginning of symptoms, it averages about a bit less than a week but not everyone gets overt lesions. ...Read more

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If u haven't had an out break of herpes for 3yrs am i safe?

If u haven't had an out break of herpes for 3yrs am i safe?

Safe of what?: Herpes type 2 may be in remission and a symptomatic for many years, but it may recur anytime. It's recomanded to be on anti herpes medications like Acyclovir at all times to be safer. ...Read more

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Can i still contract herpes even if she has no sign of an out break?

Can i still contract herpes even if she has no sign of an out break?

Yes: Asymptomatic viral shedding is the most common way to spread herpes. If she is taking medication, though, you should be totally fine! see this article i authored on the topic: http://www.Lasvegasdermatology.Com/in-the-media/its-not-a-cold-sore-its-herpes. ...Read more

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