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Doctor insights on: Common Misdiagnosis Of Herpes

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How common is herpes in the us?

Herpes: 95% of the us population has been exposed to the herpes virus at one point or another. ...Read more

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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What happens if herpes is so common, is it a big deal?

What happens if herpes is so common, is it a big deal?

Psychological impact: Good question. The large majority of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections are mild, with minor or no symptoms. Serious complications can occur, but the biggest problem is often psychological, a sense of contamination and fear of transmission to others, especially for genital herpes. Most people with oral or genital herpes are not seriously affected and live pretty much normal lives. ...Read more

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Is it more common for someone to know they have herpes or to not know they have it ? Are people more likely to have the symptoms or not have them?

Is it more common for someone to know they have herpes or to not know they have it ? Are people more likely to have the symptoms or not have them?

Not know: Most people who have the herpes virus never know that they have it and can carry it for years before having an out break. The slide that is used in lectures is of an ice berg and the people who know they have it are the top of that ice berg. I delivered a baby who was born infected and neither the mom nor the dad had any idea that they had it. ...Read more

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How common is it for herpes to be spread via kiss?

How common is it for herpes to be spread via kiss?

Very: Historically that is how it is spread. Most infectious people don't know that they are when they kiss others. ...Read more

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What would common symptoms of a child born with herpes be?

What would common symptoms of a child born with herpes be?

Hsv: Herpes simplex virus can cause an array of syptoms such as skin lesions. There is a much more virulent form which can be disseminated to the brain, liver, lungs and kidneys. Disseminatedherpes can cause encephalitis, hepatitis and coma, as well aspneumonia. ...Read more

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How common is intraoral herpes, and what does it look like?

How common is intraoral herpes, and what does it look like?

Intraoral herpes: is very common viral (HSV1) infection. They are a cluster of blisters that first appear clear then become cloudy and appears inside the mouth or more often outside the mouth on the lips. ...Read more

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Can you catch herpes 1 genitally? If so, how common is this?

Can you catch herpes 1 genitally?  If so, how common is  this?

Yes: If you have oral sex with HSV-1, this infection can be spread. I do not know a specific percentage of how often this happens. ...Read more

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How common is herpes type 1? Can it be spread without having an outbreak?

How common is herpes type 1? Can it be spread without having an outbreak?

Herpes Simplex: 75% of Americans have Herpes Type One. It is spread through viral shedding at the point of infection. Having an outbreak does not correlate in any way with viral shedding. You can be contagious with or without an outbreak and on the other side you can also not be contagious at all during an outbreak. No correlation there. ...Read more

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How common is oral herpes?

How common is oral herpes?

Very common: As with any viral infection, there are multiple factors involved. Factors such as host immunity, method of transfer, and verulence of the virus, are examples. ...Read more

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Is herpes on roof of mouth common?

Is herpes on roof of mouth common?

Common: Herpes simplex virus - 1 (oral herpes) infections are common in the United States. About 68 % of the population are carriers of the virus. This infection is less common on the palate than on the lips. Once it happens, this infection tends to reoccur in the same place. This virus remains lodged and inactive (latent) in the relay houses (ganglion) of the nerve branches acting up two- three times/yr. ...Read more

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Could herpes gladitorium and small pox have any common ground?

Could herpes gladitorium and small pox have any common ground?

There is none: There is no common groung.Small Pox is caused by Vaccinia virus and Herpes Gladitorium is caused by Herpes Type 1 virus which commonly causes oral herpes or cold sores and is common in wrestlers.
Small Pox has been wiped out and we do not see this disease any more and we do not vaccinate against it any more ...Read more

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I was tested positive for herpes two days ago but my partner is negative and my symptoms were more like chancroid, could that be a misdiagnosis?

Not likely: Chancroid has same presentation as herpes except it causes by bacteria instead of virus like herpes. If your doctor did culture or blood tests then it is not likeky a misdiagnosis.Call and discuss with your doctor aboput your concern. ...Read more

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Is constipation common with herpes outbreak?

Is constipation common with herpes outbreak?

No: But if the herpes ulcers are in the anogenital area, the pain they cause, or the pain medications perhaps taken, can cause deferral of bowel movements, thus constipation results. A gentle stool softener can help when the outbreaks occur. ...Read more

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How common is genital herpes?

How common is genital herpes?

...: About 1 in 6 people have genital herpes. The centers for disease control estimates that about 776, 000 people acquire genital herpes each year in the United States. ...Read more

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How common is having genital herpes?

Very common : One out of five americans are carriers of herpes type 2 antibodies. This means that they have a past exposure to genital herpes. Not all of these will actually have outbreaks or problems. ...Read more

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Is genital herpes becoming more common?

Is genital herpes becoming more common?

Not necessarily: According to the cdc the rates of genital herpes have remained stable over the last decade following declines in the 90s. It is estimated that 1 in 6 americans between 14-49 have genital herpes with the highest rate among african american women (up to 48%). The more sexual partners you have the more likely you are to contract it.
http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/herpes-nhanes-2010.htm. ...Read more

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How common is simplex one oral herpes?

How common is simplex one oral herpes?

Very: Exact figures are difficult to come by, but between 80 to 90% of adults have antibodies to herpes simplex, suggesting an overwhelming rate of infection. Symptomatic reactivation of this virus is also quite common with many forms of stress, and sometimes without. ...Read more

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Is herpes really as common as people same cause this has me highly depressed.?

Is herpes really as common as people same cause this has me highly depressed.?

It can be controlled: It is quite common, and many people have it. If you are very concerned about breakouts, you can go on a daily dose of medication to keep any breakouts from happening. The best thing for you to do may be to read up on it on a good site like webmd. More information can help you feel more in control about the situation. Remember, it doesn't change who you are, it's just a thing you have. ...Read more

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What are odds of false negative for herpes blood test if sexually inactive for a year but have some common symptoms? Test was .63.

What are odds of false negative for herpes blood test if sexually inactive for a year but have some common symptoms? Test was .63.

1 to 4: 25% of people in this country have herpes, but 90% don't know it.
False negative tests from labs these days is rare.
If you have herpes simplex i (2/3 are oral) then this is a very common problem -- cold sores.
If you have hsv ii (2/3 are genital), then you may have more prolonged/painful lesions that require valtrex/acyclovir treatment. Herpes is forever. This blood test tells you your history. ...Read more

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I was just visually diagnosed with herpes. After two weeks of antivirals i took some left over clindamycin & i was better. Could it be a misdiagnosis?

I was just visually diagnosed with herpes. After two weeks of antivirals i took some left over clindamycin & i was better. Could it be a misdiagnosis?

Herpes vs Staph: Yes, cold sores or herpes simplex can look a similar to impetigo or a staph infection around the mouth. The key difference is that herpes sores tend to be at the border of the lip and are clear where as impetigo typically looks crusty and brown and often does not involve the actual lip. Impetigo often is seen in the corner of the mouth or near the chin or nose rather than the lip. ...Read more

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How common is it for people to get hepatitis C if they already have herpes?

Slightly increased: Hepatitis c is only rarely transmitted via sexual contact. But, sores such as herpes or syphilis can increase the transmission. Condoms might help protect against transmission. If you are concerned it is important to be tested. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of genital herpes?

What are the most common symptoms of genital herpes?

Discomfort: Painful ulcers in the genital area. Herpes virus lives in the nerves of the body and will cause recurrent ulcers in the same area repeatedly. ...Read more

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How common is EBV in teens ? Will it show up on a CBC or a herpes test?

How common is EBV in teens ? Will it show up on a CBC or a herpes test?

EBV: This is very very common in teenagers. There are several different serological tests that can be used to diagnose this, but it will not show as a specific diagnosis on a CBC or a test for Herpes simplex. EBV is, however, a herpes virus (and there are many others, like CMV, etc.) ...Read more

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Ever since i got type two herpes I have been having extremely bad leg and hip pain....Is this common?

Ever since i got type two herpes I have been having extremely bad leg and hip pain....Is this common?

Unrelated: The leg and hip pain are unrelated to the herpes. Have the issue evaluated either by a rheumatologist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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How herpes simplex 2 outbreak can be avoided. How it is common?

How herpes simplex 2 outbreak can be avoided. How it is common?

Multi factorial: Avoid sun exposure, get plenty of rest, keep up a healthy immune system, good nutrition, avoid physical and mental stressors, and others who have transmitable infections.
Remember, this virus is opportunistic! ...Read more

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How common is it to contract cold sore herpes when no sore is visible? Like from saliva?

Very uncommon: People with oral herpes have periods when the virus is present without an outbreak, but usually there isn't enough virus to be easily transmitted by casual contact. The risk is very low (but not zero) from saliva on a shared drinking glass or a brief (social) kiss. Most new oral herpes in adults probably is from more intense contact, eg vigorous (sexual) kissing with someone with active cold sore. ...Read more

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Is it common for an outbreak of herpes on the inside of the leg to become dark and bruised?

Is it common for  an outbreak of herpes on the inside of the leg to become dark and bruised?

Probably not herpes: Herpes outbreaks can occur in that area, but it's uncommon; and herpes usually doesn't appear dark or bruised. See a doctor -- but probably this isn't herpes. Good luck! ...Read more