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Do Herpes Sores Bleed
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
Yes they can bleed: A cold sore is a herpes simplex viral infection that occurs most commonly on th lips of the mouth, but can also occur on the penis and vulva, and other places of the skin. During the first stage, they produce a tender sore, that can then form a scab and bleed. Use vaseline to keep the area moist, and try drug- store medicines for cold sores, or get a prescription for acyclovir. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
canker sores: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are flat, grey painful ulcers that usually do not bleed. Cold sores, which are caused by an infection of the herpes simplex virus, first appear as crusty blisters, and may bleed if "popped". Check with your dentist to be sure exactly what the lesion is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Canker sores: usually don't bleed. Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes sores: Yes...Herpes sores can bleed depending on the stage of the vesicles. Herpes is also very contagious, especially at this stage. Please see your periodontist for an evaluation if these are oral or facial lesions. We can treat the herpes lesion with the nd/yag laser at different stages. www.drgums.com. ...Read more
Not usually: Although genital herpes outbreaks can certainly cause a little bleeding from the lesions, it generally is not a constant bleeding in most cases.Is this your first time with the vaginal sores? Have you had a doctor look at them and confirm genital herpes? If not you definitely need to get checked out. If it is genital herpes there are medications that can help but you need to discuss with your doc. ...Read more
Yes: Genital herpes usually causes blisters on the vulva (around the vaginal opening).They will break open & form ulcers.Usually the infection goes to the uterine cervix(neck of the womb)causing cervicitis. Sometimes infection goes to the urethra(urine channel) causing urethitis with painful urination. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Herpetic lesions: Canker sores of herpetic origin can be treated palliatively to give relief from the soreness. Abreva is an over-the counter topical gel/medication that you can purchase at your pharmacy that will reduce the length of time that the lesion is active. Your dentist or physician can also prescribe an anti-viral drug (ie. Acyclovir) that can also reduce the length of time and/or onset of appearance. ...Read more
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