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Can Herpes Simplex Type 1 Turn Into Type 2
No: Both are completely different strains. Type 1 causes lesions typically around the mouth. Type 2 causes lesions typically around the genitals. However, there are no absolutes in medicine so either strain can occur anywhere. ...Read more
If my partner and I are both herpes simplex type one and we had oral sex. Could we both become herpes simplex type two? ?
Location change only: Herpes simplex type 1&2 are two different strains of the virus in the same family (chicken pox is actually a herpes virus too). It used to be a big deal having type 1 (oral) vs 2 (genital) but the sexual revolution had changed this perception a bit--type 1 can be down below and type 2 can occur above, but one does not change into another. Live well, live safely, and protect yourself. Good luck. ...Read more
Can I use more than one anti-viral for herpes simplex type 2 at te same time? How this can affect my health?
Poly-antiviral tx?: Most cases of hsv will resolve on their own but will resolve more quickly w/antiviral therapy. Abreva otc may work altho we see frequent rapid relapse. Almost all hsv is susceptible to Acyclovir (& its family of agents). Using these 2 together is probably ok. Using 2 Acyclovir derivatives together will just cost you $$$. There currently no other oral agents/effective topical agents. Coming soon. ...Read more
Herpes Simplex Virus: 1 most commonly causes cold sores. In some cases - it can also cause lesions on the genitals. ...Read more
Herpes 1: Herpes is a very common infection and most people have had it in their lifetime. It most commonly causes "cold sores". The virus stays with us and can reactivate. Before you realize it you are shedding the virus and if you are with a child who has not had it they can get it very easily. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you haven't had a herpes simplex type 1 outbreak in years, is it still contagious?
I had been tested positive for herpes simplex type 1.Can it spread by sharing food without an outbreak? Example like taking her food with my spoon?
Low risk: While possible, the risk is low. Some people do shed a low level of herpes virus when when there are no lesions. Risk of transmission can be lowered if she takes lysine 100mg daily. She may also take Acyclovir which is a prescription anti-viral that reduces shedding. But also you may already have been exposed to the virus. At least 50% of people have by the time they are 20. Most don't realize it. ...Read more
Herpetic lesions: Canker sores of herpetic origin can be treated palliatively to give relief from the soreness. Abreva is an over-the counter topical gel/medication that you can purchase at your pharmacy that will reduce the length of time that the lesion is active. Your dentist or physician can also prescribe an anti-viral drug (ie. Acyclovir) that can also reduce the length of time and/or onset of appearance. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: Acyclovir is effective orally, not topically. Must be used at prodrome or daily to be effective. Your dose may be too small. Valacyclovir is much more effective, used at 2 gram dose at prodrome: as soon as you feel the first tingling. Repeat once in 12 hours. Chapstick with sunscreen helps reduce frequency. Lysine is useless. Topicals do very little. ...Read more
My husbnd has Herpes Simplex type 1. IgG test Result 9.27.I have delivered baby very recently. Will the virus attack my baby? Does it mean no sex life
Likely none of these: Almost all adult have been infected with herpes type 1. It usually causes cold sores, though it can cause genital infection and other serious infections also. You are in all likelihood already infected and it should not interfere with your sex life. Consult you baby's doctor if there are any issues about the baby. ...Read more
Usually oral: Herpes infections are described as type I (oral /cold sores)or type ii (genital). However, either type can cause affect either location. Igg antibody detected by a blood test. & indicates one has been exposed to the virus at least several weeks prior &possibly much longer- as in years. Most people who have HSV antibody have no idea that they have herpes. ...Read more
Unlikely: The main extragenital complications of gential herpes simplex infection include hsv meningitis and proctitits. I don't know of any occurrences of hsv orchitis in men or involvement of the seminal vesicles, bulbourethrals, or prostate, which may affect male fertility. Similarly, female fertility is unlikely to be affected by hsv alone. The main concern is vertical transmission during pregnancy. ...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
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