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Common Misdiagnosis Of 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
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
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
Very: Historically that is how it is spread. Most infectious people don't know that they are when they kiss others. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Ever since i got type two herpes I have been having extremely bad leg and hip pain....Is this common?
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