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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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If my herpe sores go away and I have sex, will it make them worse or come back? And will I always give my sex partner herpes?

If my herpe sores go away and I have sex, will it make them worse or come back? And will I always give my sex partner herpes?

Unknown: If the sex is "traumatic", meaning like rough, yes it may cause an outbreak.
If partners are very careful and avoid sex near an outbreak still 10% transmission to uninfected partner per year. Talk to your dr about vancyclovir for suppression therapy. ...Read more

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Sex partner has two clusters of little bumps under tip of penis. They're flat and not red. He said they've always been there. Don't trust him. Herpes?

Sex partner has two clusters of little bumps under tip of penis. They're flat and not red. He said they've always been there. Don't trust him. Herpes?

Not herpes: Your description doesn't sound like herpes or any other STD, and no STD would last so long. Herpes lesions are blisters or open sores that never last more than 1-2 weeks. This is some sort of minor anatomical variant, probably normal periurethral glands, or maybe fordyce spots (prominent sebaceous glands) or pearly penile papules. These are normal in many men. Don't worry about this. ...Read more

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Dr did blood work for herpes & came bk + for hsv1 and hsv2. How is it I have Hsv2 if I have only had one sex partner my husband?

Dr did blood work for herpes & came bk + for hsv1 and hsv2. How is it I have Hsv2 if I have only had one sex partner my husband?

Depends on the test: The test could be positive for "Herpes 1 and 2" without being able to tell the difference between "1 and 2". The better test could be "positive for Herpes 1" and "positive for Herpes 2" because the better test can tell the difference between "1 and 2". So, the first thing is to find out which test was done. If unsure, one can go do the better test (HerpeSelect). ...Read more

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1st sex partner left me with anal & vaginal intense burning, strong fecal odor that then turned into a fishy odor, still in anus, sounds like herpes?

1st sex partner left me with anal & vaginal intense burning, strong fecal odor that then turned into a fishy odor, still in anus, sounds like herpes?

Not herpes symptoms: Doesn't sound like usual herpes symptoms, but may be other types of infections (? Bv, trich, etc). I recommend an exam. ...Read more

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Possible to create herpes if you have a vaginal infection and have unprotected sex wit only one partner who has no herpes? No other sexual partners.

Possible to create herpes if you have a vaginal infection and have unprotected sex wit only one partner who has no herpes? No other sexual partners.

No: Humans cannot create herpes (nor create any other life form). It will be a really scary day when man figures out how to create life forms like bacteria or viruses! Herpes only comes from somebody else's herpes, but it does not have to be a sexual type of contact. For example, lip "cold sores" are herpes, and most people got them through non-sexual contact. ...Read more

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Noticed brown shiny spot on penis head. 2 DRs say irritation frm wiping frm mastrbating. 1 sex partner. No pain/puss. HPV or Herpes? How to cure it?

Noticed brown shiny spot on penis head. 2 DRs say irritation frm wiping frm mastrbating. 1 sex partner. No pain/puss. HPV or Herpes? How to cure it?

Probably not serious: For sure this isn't herpes. I suppose it could be HPV, but a new HPV lesion would be rare at your age of 39. There are many possibilities, and the large majority of skin problems of teh penis are not STDs and aren't serious. Since two doctors apparently aren't certain, consider seeing a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Gave girl oral sex, got small lump on edge of lip next day. Gone now after a week. She has no herpes, we're each other's only sex partner. Just pimple?

Gave girl oral sex, got small lump on edge of lip next day. Gone now after a week. She has no herpes, we're each other's only sex partner. Just pimple?

Unprotected Sex: If you are truly worried, it is best to get it looked at by a doctor. Otherwise I wouldn't think much about it unless it returns. ...Read more

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I have vestibular neuritis, I read it can be caused by shingles, herpes, does it mean I have herpes inside my body? If so how can I treat it?

I have vestibular neuritis, I read it can be caused by shingles, herpes, does it mean I have herpes inside my body? If so how can I treat it?

Vestibular neuritis: Vestibular neuritis is usually caused by a viral infection. There are many viral infections that can cause these symptoms. One of the virus families that cause the neuritis is of the herpes family. Once you are infected with a Herpes virus in remains in your body for life and gets reactivated sometimes. There is no treatment to eradicate the virus. Treatment with an antiviral agent may help. ...Read more

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Can anything other than stress cause herpes/shingles on the eyeball? Can genetics be a factor?

Can anything other than stress cause herpes/shingles on the eyeball? Can genetics be a factor?

Ultraviolet light!: Commonly seeing at season changes, and uv light (boating, skiing). If this recurring, should stay on chronic Acyclovir as a standing dose! ...Read more

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Do doctors prescribe patients zovifax for shingles, since shingles/chickenpox are cause by the herpes virus?

Do doctors prescribe patients zovifax for shingles, since shingles/chickenpox are cause by the herpes virus?

Depends on each case: Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is one of eight herpes viruses known to cause human infection and is distributed worldwide, usually self limited but can cause significant complications, such as soft tissue infection, pneumonia, hepatitis, reye syndrome, and encephalitis. Patients at increased risk of complications include adults, pregnant women, and immunosuppressed hosts. ...Read more

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New sex partner 2 weeks. Recent fever & chills. Next day abscess with white head on vaginal lip. 2 more showed up. Express Care said not typical herpe?

Herpes seems likely: Herpes rashes can take many forms -depending on the strain of virus and the host (the patient). It's possible you have some natural resistance to herpes, say if you already have HSV-1 the 'cold sore' virus. Herpes lesions (the rashes) usually are quite painful. The history of a new partner, and then these rashes makes me suspicious. Herpes is very common - most people don't even know they have it. ...Read more

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Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it? (Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it? (Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

False positive: IgG tests are possible. There can be some cross-reactivity with other viral antibodies. The definitive diagnosis of specific viruses including HSV 1, 2 and HIV is a western blot test. This also tests for antibody protein but to the specific virus. I believe getting an HSV2 western blot should be your next step. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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How to treat herpes zoster? Can it cause death?

How to treat herpes zoster? Can it cause death?

Depends on situation: If you had chicken pox then you risk getting shingles. Vaccination the best way to lower the risk of getting shingles; the severity of pain and complications are signifantly decreased. Acyclovir is used for therapy, but is most effective witihn 48-72 hrs of an outbreak. Death from shingles is rare but can happen esp in pt with impaired immunity. ...Read more

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How to cure pus caused by herpes zoster? I'm already taking up oral antibiotic.

How to cure pus caused by herpes zoster? I'm already taking up oral antibiotic.

Herpes zoster: Keep taking the antibiotic. The blisters should dry up after a few days. If you're impatient, use a sterile needle and pop the blisters, then clean the area with some soap and water. Then keep the area dry. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm 33 and I've been diagnosed with herpes zoster. I had unprotected passive sex 3 weeks ago with a man who might have syphilis. Are the 2 related?

Hi, I'm 33 and I've been diagnosed with herpes zoster. I had unprotected passive sex 3 weeks ago with a man who might have syphilis. Are the 2 related?

No: Herpes zoster (shingles) is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact. Shingles is a viral infection, syphilis is a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Can someone who had an outbreak of herpes zoster Ophthalmicus have dental procedures done? I have heard that operating on the face can cause outbreak

HZV Zoster: Yes you can. We can give you an Rx for an antiviral before your procedure if needed. Consult with us or see your doctor for an RX. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy cause herpes zoster ophthalmicus to come back in my cornea? I heard stress can cause it to come back.

Can pregnancy cause herpes zoster ophthalmicus to come back in my cornea? I heard stress can cause it to come back.

It can: Pregnancy can depress your immune system and allow zoster to resurface. Look out for eye pain, redness, changes in vision, or rash / vesicles. That said, if you are otherwise healthy and without HIV/AIDS, cancer, or use of steroids, pregnancy alone should not elevate your risk of shingles much more than a normal host. ...Read more

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What can cause joint aches after sitting a while or when it rains? . Overweight but shoulders & back hurt the most. Low vit-D and had herpes zoster

What can cause joint aches after sitting a while or when it rains? . Overweight but shoulders & back hurt the most. Low vit-D and had herpes zoster

Time for a work up: You have several things coinciding together that requires medical attention. So it's best to work with a PCP on each issue comebined, or alone. So that you can feel better and take control of your health in a more empowering way. Can be many things too. ...Read more

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Chances of getting herpes? 3 sexual partners 2 was unprotected both had few sexual parters?

Chances of getting herpes? 3 sexual partners 2 was unprotected both had few sexual parters?

No Unprotected Sex: You should have a complete STD work up. It is not wise in these times to have unprotected sex EVER unless you are with a committed partner. The risks are not only for herpes, but HIV, pregnancy, gonorrhea, syphillis, chlamydia, HPV and on and on. Get a complete exam and screen and from this day vow to use condom's protection. ...Read more

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Can shingles occur on cranial nerves without a single rash or symptom and cause post-herpetic neuralgias silently?

Can shingles occur on cranial nerves without a single rash or symptom and cause post-herpetic neuralgias silently?

Unlikely: Some form of rash or sores should be present for shingles. You may have trigeminal neuralgia. This is a pain condition that usually presents with brief episodes of pain along the course of the Trigeminal Nerve or one its branches or divisions. It can be very painful-similar to a post-herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more