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43-yr old female. Could increased acne, cold sores and uti's be connected? Immune system? Diet? I'm falling apart!

43-yr old female. Could increased acne, cold sores and uti's be connected?  Immune system?  Diet?  I'm falling apart!

Falling apart: Many possibilities. Get blood sugar and hormones evaluated. Are you on any meds or dietary supplements? See a doc and have comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small and painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth-to-mouth contact and to the genitals, causing genital ...Read more


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Partner has cold sore and sex occurs (no oral-genital contact) is risk of genital herpes? Transfer from hands possible? How long until symptoms occur?

Partner has cold sore and sex occurs (no oral-genital contact) is risk of genital herpes? Transfer from hands possible? How long until symptoms occur?

Herpes New Info: The way you are wording this question is almost impossible to interpret. First all sexually active adults must have a blood test to see what their herpes exposure history is. The place of the sores do not count anymore. There is no transmission of herpes from one part of one's body to another. Hsv 1 is very common and hsv 2 i much less common. Get the blood tests and then we can solve this. ...Read more

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22y/of. Monthly vaginal yeast infections. This month hsv2 outbreak also. Superinfection? Low immune system? How2 treat? Ev coconut oil work?

22y/of. Monthly vaginal yeast infections. This month hsv2 outbreak also. Superinfection? Low immune system? How2 treat?  Ev coconut oil work?

See an OB/GYN: This is not necessarily any immune defect. This can happen to totally normal women. For best management, however, a trained experience clinician with good communication skills would be the best person to discuss this with. ...Read more

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Sxs: 8y.O.F. Swollen gums, fever, chills, sores on inflammed tonsils and negative rapid strep test.No history of herpes or compromised immune system. Dx?

Sxs: 8y.O.F. Swollen gums, fever, chills, sores on inflammed tonsils and negative rapid strep test.No history of herpes or compromised immune system. Dx?

Seriously......: These situations require a patient to be personally seen by a physician. Not even the best website\internet service\health care website\diagnostic health software\ computer\ best physician can replace the conventional doctor\patient relationship necessary in order to come up with an accurate diagnosis. Please take her to a pediatrician. Hope she feels better soon. ...Read more

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Is kissing safe after a cold sore outbreak?

Is kissing safe after a cold sore outbreak?

Lets wait: You have a herpetic viral sore. Not usually fatal but wait a week after sore is gone so you dont share it with your loved ones. ...Read more

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Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Cold sores - HSV1: Yes - cold sores and fever blisters are the same thing and are most commonly caused by HSV-1. Rarely, HSV-2 can cause oral herpes given the increased practices of oral sex compared with decades ago (i.e. the 1950s). You will note STRESS causes these to come out (for example after a fever from another illness), so best to keep stress levels to an absolute minimum. These are infectious to others BTW ...Read more

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Hsv1+ and hsv2- for blood antibodies. Had cold sores before. Can I also get genital hsv 1 if exposed? Having swollen glands in groin. Itchy and tingle

Hsv1+ and hsv2- for blood antibodies. Had cold sores before. Can I also get genital hsv 1 if exposed? Having swollen glands in groin. Itchy and tingle

No: If a person has antibodies to HSV1 (has immunity), she should not get new HSV1 infections in places that she did not get HSV1 sores in the past. New herpes lesions on the genitals would be presumed HSV2 (if the HSV2 antibodies turned positive on the blood tests after the new genital herpes sores). Life can surprise you sometimes. Maybe HSV1 was in the genitals in the past but wasn't noticeable. ...Read more

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Can herpes that causes innocent oral fever blisters & cold sores be sexually transited to someone else as genital herpes?

Can herpes that causes innocent oral fever blisters & cold sores be sexually transited to someone else as genital herpes?

Herpes - HSV1 & HSV2: Yes - unfortunately there can be cross over between the 2 different types of herpes. These viruses are always adapting and looking for 'new opportunities' and although traditionally, HSV-1 kept to the mouth/nose and HSV-2 kept to the genital tract, there can be 'back and forth' transmission of these viruses in susceptible patients. This is a reminder to keep ALL safe sex practices in mind! ...Read more

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I am having cold sores (herpes simplex 1) from a blood transfusion as an infant in 1980?

I am having cold sores (herpes simplex 1) from a blood transfusion as an infant in 1980?

Other sources: 80-90% of all adults are positive for the antibodies against herpes simplex 1, meaning they have had an active infection sometime in the past. Given these really high numbers for the general population, one does not need to invoke that a blood transfusion that happened as an infant was the cause. ...Read more

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Took wicoryl,levocetrizine,amoxillin,azithromycin during rabies vaccination due to sore throat,fever and chills.Is this fine? Immune supressed?

Took wicoryl,levocetrizine,amoxillin,azithromycin during rabies vaccination due to sore  throat,fever and chills.Is this fine?    Immune supressed?

Yes: Assuming your doctor recommended these antibiotics to treat an infection, this is fine. None of the medications mentioned will conflict with the others. Rabies vaccine is a killed vaccine so you may not mount as strong a response to the vaccine. If you were exposed to rabies prior to vaccine, you may need an additional dose on day 28 and should by now have had rabies immune globulin ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ hsv1&hsv2. Hsv2 was cultured from genitals. Hsv1 antibodies in bloodwork. W/ no cold sore, would kissing my daughter spread it to her?

Diagnosed w/ hsv1&hsv2. Hsv2 was cultured from genitals. Hsv1 antibodies in bloodwork. W/ no cold sore, would kissing my daughter spread it to her?

Confusion with label: Decades ago we looked at T1 as cold sore & T2 as genital, but no more. Whether changes in sexual practices or better research, we know that both types give rise to genital herpes. You cannot pass either type to your kid by kissing without an active cold sore. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have mouth ulcer outbreak after kissing guy with cold sores ?

Is it normal to have mouth ulcer outbreak after kissing guy with cold sores ?

Yes: Cold sores are transmitted from person to person by kissing. Mouth ulcers are caused by herpes simplex virus 1 which also causes cold sores. ...Read more

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Can HSV1 genitally cause one swollen lymph node in the groin during primary outbreak? Also, is it rare to spread HSV1 to partners during vaginal sex?

Can HSV1 genitally cause one swollen lymph node in the groin during primary outbreak? Also, is it rare to spread HSV1 to partners during vaginal sex?

The answer is, Yes!: HSV is contagious to your sex partner, so you both need a course of antibiotics which may eliminate this infection. Groin nodes can enlarge due to infection or inflammation in and around your genitalia. ...Read more

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Follow up: dr. Raff -- you said that canker sores do not cause genital herpes. Are canker sores herpes simplex 1 just like a cold sore?

Follow up:  dr. Raff -- you said that canker sores do not cause genital herpes. Are canker sores herpes simplex 1 just like a cold sore?

Canker sores: Aphthous stomatitis is not due to herpes simplex. Dr. Namey and dr. Perkins have provided excellent advice and would read these carefully. The location of the herpetic lesions (oral v. Genital) no longer is specific for types 1;2. Cold sores may be herpetic, but not canker sores. ...Read more

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Have wrong info. Herpes 1 IgG positive. Herpes II IgG indeterminate. How is herpes 1 transmitted via flu or cold sores stress?

Have wrong info.  Herpes 1 IgG positive. Herpes II IgG indeterminate.  How is herpes 1 transmitted via flu or cold sores stress?

Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex is transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual.Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin or mucous membrane contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable method of preventing transmission of herpes, but they merely reduce rather than eliminate risk. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes be transmitted by kissing on the mouth from woman to man during non-outbreak periods?

Can genital herpes be transmitted by kissing on the mouth from woman to man during non-outbreak periods?

Herpes: Yes. Absolutely. It is now known that 90% of people with herpes do not get outbreaks. It is also now known that one can shed the virus and be contagious without outbreaks. Both of you need the blood tests to confirm your herpes status. 74% of americans have type one and 26% of american have type two. ...Read more

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Suddenly: canker sores,recurrent cold sores, yeast infections w/ any sexual contact,blepharitis & had vaginal streptococcus. Underlying immune issue?

Suddenly: canker sores,recurrent cold sores, yeast infections w/ any sexual contact,blepharitis &  had vaginal streptococcus. Underlying immune issue?

Yes: A family doc or infectious disease doctor could run a panel of tests to check it. I am not sure medical science is advanced enough to do anything about it. IVIG infusions are sometimes effective in patients with low globulins, but is terribly expensive, not covered by most insurance AND exposes you to the mercies of possible unknown blood born pathogens. Worth getting it checked if getting worse. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Opsahl
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Female Reproductive System (Definition)

The female reproductive system is a complex organ system that includes sex hormones and organs such as the ovaries, uterus, fallopian ...Read more


Cold Sore Outbreak (Definition)

Herpes simplex is a viral infection that mainly affects the ...Read more