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Can You Tell If You Have 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
Get a pelvic exam: It's not always easy to tell if it's a yeast infection vs herpes. If your only symptom is itching in the vaginal area it could be either. If there is thick white d/c then your doc can test this for yeast. If there is a sore, this can be cultured for herpes. If you think you may have been exposed to herpes, but there is no visible sore there is a blood test to detect if you have an infection too. ...Read more
Tests : A blood test or culture can tell if you have herpes. It is very important to get tested if you think you might have herpes to avoid transmission. Most women are screened for this virus during their annual pelvic exam but don't wait for your next annual if you feel you might have the virus. ...Read more
Ulcers!: Genital herpes is a viral infection that most commonly presents w/ painful sores or ulcers in the genital area. Outbreak can start as pain & itching. There may be small red bumps or tiny white blisters. Some pts have pain w/ urinating, recurrent vaginal irritation, painful lymph nodes in groin, pain down leg. Inital outbreak may feel like flu. Sometimes no symptoms . Culture of lesion diagnostic. ...Read more
Is it less common or more common to be able to tell if you have herpes?are you more likely to have symptoms then to nit have them ?
Depends: It can often be a clinical diagnosis in combination with the history. If there is ever a question, sometimes the lesions can be scraped and sent for viral culture. We can also biopsy the skin lesion. Finally, we can check bloodwork to see if recent or previous exposure ti either one of the herpes viruses. ...Read more
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