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Diseases That Mimic Herpes
It depends...: ...on what you mean by "mimics". Many things can cause some herpes-like symptoms: oral impetigo, minor pimples, folliculitis, syphilis, some yeast infections, various kinds of dermatitis, and more. But almost no mimics if symptoms are typical: blisters/sores, esp. If recurrent and in clusters, sometimes inflamed nodes in the groin, heal in 1-2 weeks. Typical or not, see doctor for exam, testing. ...Read more
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
How long does it take for herpes or any other sextual transmited diseases to show in your blood!? Plz its really important
Herpes: It takes about 2 to 6 weeks for an antibody response to develop to a clinically measurable level. The variation depends somewhat on which type of antibody (igm or igg) the particular test method is measuring. However not all stds are diagnosed by a blood test. Some of them need clinical symptoms. See your doctor if you are worried. ...Read more
My partner has herpes but has not had an outbreak for 1 and 1/2 years. He claims he has never transmitted the disease. How at risk am I of herpes?
It's contagious, and: Herpes is contagious, and one cannot tell when she will catch it. When a person catches it, it stays in the body forever. The antibody test is a blood test and can tell if a person already has Herpes type 1, Herpes type 2, or both types. Both persons can do the test to see who has what. An infected person can consider medication to help prevent infecting his or her uninfected partner. ...Read more
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Depends on situation: The transmission of the herpes simplex virus is possible from active skin or mucous membrane sores if present. If none are present, the child is not considered contagious. A close examination of all skin surfaces should be done frequently in the early treatment phase as these can be elusive. Good hand washing & contact isolation will limit any spread from active lesions. ...Read more
Yes, it's possible: Herpes can first cause symptoms a year or more after being infected, especially if the symptoms are mild -- i.e. just a few localized sores, no fever, no inflamed lymph nodes. With multiple lesions, inflamed nodes, etc, you can assume the infection was caught within 3 weeks before symptoms started, usually 3-10 days. All this can happen either with or without an autoimmune disease. ...Read more
If I have herpes antibodies in my blood. Does that mean than I now have a uncurable disease that is herpes? Please and thank you
Maybe yes: Positive HSV blood test means the person is infected, and HSV infections last for life. Half of all adults in the US are positive for HSV type 1, due mostly to oral herpes since childhood, often with no syjmptoms. If HSV2, it is genital. However, the blood test isn't perfect; whether you are infected depends on the exact numerical result. Discuss w/ your doc or see infectious disease specialist. ...Read more
I have herpes like symptoms on my genitals. But type 1 and type 2 tests both came negative. Can it be wrong? What else can this disease be?
Behcet's, drug rxn: Behçet's disease or a drug eruption are both possibilities. You may benefit from a biopsy. Have a dermatologist or urologist evaluate! ...Read more
If skin is a protective barrier, why doesn't it protect you from herpes or other diseases? How do they infect if they're in contact with dead skin cell?
I was diagnosed as a child with 6th disease (a type of herpes virus) I can have flare up on different places of my body, but haven't had a flare up in?
Exanthema subitum: Hhv6 and hhv7 can cause high fever in healthy infant (9-12month) followed by rash (small blanchable pink macules and papules on trunk and neck). Self limited course with rare sequelae. Virus persists thru the life of the patient. Reactivation age 10 - 43 may result in pitryriasis rosea which is c;haracterized by fine scaling papules andplaques with marginal collarette on trunk, arms and legs. ...Read more
Not much: If a patient takes a medication for genital herpes without actually having genital herpes, then that patient in general would be susceptible to the side effects of that medication, much like any other individual would. In no way does taking the medication increase your risk of getting herpes. ...Read more
Only by sex: This depends on what you mean by "contagious". Genital herpes is ttransmitted to other persons)only by having sex. Some people think "contagious" means easily transmitted by casual contact, like colds or influenza -- but that's not the correct meaning. There is no risk to other persons by nonsexual contact or by sharing bathrooms, intimate clothing, etc. ...Read more
I have been tested positive for herpes 1.Is there a vaccination to prevent this disease. My partner and I want to try for a baby.
Hi, I suffer from herpes. My partner and I want to have sex. What's the percentage of the medication to prevent passing on the disease.
50%, also use condom: Presumably you mean genital herpes. If due to HSV2, treatment (valacyclovir or acyclovir) will reduce transmission chance by about 50-60%. Nearly 100% protection if you also use condoms and avoid sex during outbreaks. If HSV1, transmission risk is much lower, maybe no treatment needed. Discuss with your doctor, or visit one of UK's excellent NHS GUM clinics for expert, lifestyle-sensitive care. ...Read more
Is herpes a dangerous disease or its normal to have it in the body? Does it affect the body or makes it weak? Cuz I tested IgG +ve158 and IgM -ve
Common: This viral infection is common and tends not to cause too many problems overall. There can be some residual issues, but typically not affecting the immune system. ...Read more
I have herpes type 2. My wife wants a child. If we have unprotected sex while im not having a outbreak, will she still get my disease?
Even though most of the time if you have sex without an outbreak it is safe. But some recurring outbreaks may have little or no symptoms or a very tiny lesion may be there and you are not aware of it, so there is a small risk
another option is that you consult your doctor and go on suppresive therapy with antibiotics like famciclovir, valaciclovir or acyclovri
acyclovir can be used by pregnant mothe. ...Read more
See dermatologist: You need to see a dermatologist to help differentiate the cause. ...Read more
I contracted herpetic whitlow in my finger on oct'12 from an employee who had herpes on face why does this disease keep recurring even on meds?
I work as a massage therapist and want to know if you can contract any diseases through massage? I'm mainly asking about hepatitis, hiv, herpes?
I heard that there are two diseases caused by HSV that can be life-threatening. I suppose herpes encephalitis is one of them, what is the second one?
Is there any other treatment for my ocular herpes other than taking antiviral everyday? My Dr said there's no other solution for my disease is this true
Can herpes be transmitted if there is no outbreak and I use a condom are there any things I can do to boost my imunity tonot contract the diesese I haven't had sexual contact with her yet is there any way for me to have safe sex with her and not get sick?
Herpes prevention: Congrats on responsibility in protecting your partner. For genital herpes caused by HSV2, virus often is present and can be transmitted without outbreaks. Using condoms reduces risk and so does daily anti-herpes treatment, usually valacyclovir. Transmission risk will be very low if you avoiding sex during outbreaks, use condoms, and take anti-HSV treatment. No "immunity boosting" is known to help. ...Read more
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