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Doctor insights on: Constant Herpes Outbreaks

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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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Do genital herpes symptoms cause constant burning/itching. I think i may be having an outbreak but symptoms seem to subside every few hours. No sores.

Do genital herpes symptoms cause constant burning/itching. I think i may be having an outbreak but symptoms seem to subside every few hours. No sores.

Probably not herpes: Herpes doesn't behave like this. Recurrent outbreaks last 7-10 days, with red bumps that become blisters, then sores, then heal. Herpes lesions may burn or itch, but in the absence of visible lesions, such symptoms usually don't suggest herpes. So don't worry about herpes -- but of course see your doctor if they continue or you remain concerned. ...Read more

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Does herpes present in a linear outbreak?

Does herpes present in a linear outbreak?

Shingles?: It can, but this always raises the possibility of shingles (herpes zoster), which causes a painful linear band of blisters on one side of the body. Shingles requires higher doses of anti-herpes drugs than simple herpes. If you think you have shingles, you should see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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How soon does a first outbreak of herpes take?

How soon does a first outbreak of herpes take?

Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex may cause no symptoms in some people. In others, a few weeks after being exposed to Herpes a person may develop fever, muscle aches & pains, headache & swelling of lymph nodes. The lesions may be preceded several days by itching &/or pain. They start as red bumps which then develop into blisters. When the blisters break open they ooze fluid or bleed. ...Read more

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Can i spread herpes haven't had a outbreak in 16years?

Can i spread herpes haven't had a outbreak in 16years?

Yes: Even women without active lesions may be shedding virus in their vaginal secretions. You will have this for your lifetime. Discuss this with any unprotected partners and they can assess the risks. ...Read more

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What can I do to never have another outbreak of herpes?

What can I do to never have another outbreak of herpes?

Can't be promised...: Although there are good medications to suppress the virus and reduce outbreaks, none can guarantee that you will never have another outbreak. Unfortunately, the current medicatios can only be treated, not cured. As a result, there is always a chance of an outbreak even during suppressive treatment. Consult doc if you have trouble. Good luck. ...Read more

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First outbreak herpes 6 weeks after contact. Is it normal?

First outbreak herpes 6 weeks after contact. Is it normal?

Herpes: Primary infection may result in systemic as well as local manifestations. Following an incubation period of 3 to 7 days, the patient may experience a virus-like syndrome with malaise and fever, then paresthesia of the vulva that are followed by vesicle formation. These are often multiple, resulting in shallow, painful ulcers that may coalesce.Vesicles and ulcers can occur in a 2- to 6-week period. ...Read more