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Will your baby be born with birth defects if you have genital herpes?

Will your baby be born with birth defects if you have genital herpes?

Birth defects: Genital herpes can be passed to the newborn as the child passes through the birth canal. Currently we are starting Valtrex (valacyclovir) on women who have a history of genital herpes in the third trimester decreasing their risk of passing the virus to their baby. A woman with active genital herpes during labor is delivered by cesarean section. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Congenital Malformation (Definition)

Congenital malformation is aphysical defect present in a baby at birth that can involve many different parts of the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, and intestinal tract. Congenital malformation can be genetic, it can result from exposure of the fetus to a malforming agent (such as alcohol), or it can ...Read more


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If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

Varies: Birth defects are not an issue with maternal herpes. The baby is at risk of a severe infection from the germ. The risk period begins with the opening of the bag of waters if mom is actively shedding the virus during a recognized or silent outbreak. The germ can travel into babies system & lay dormant for a while or immediately cause infection. A c-section before labor starts can avoid the risk. ...Read more

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Do genital herpes cause constant bleeding?

Do genital herpes cause constant bleeding?

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

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Can genital herpes be caused by chickenpox?

Can genital herpes be caused by chickenpox?

No: Genital herpes is caused by herpes virus. Chicken pox is caused by varicella virus. Different viruses. ...Read more

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If I was exposed to genital herpes, would stressing and worrying about it cause me to have an outbreak?

If I was exposed to genital herpes, would stressing and worrying about it cause me to have an outbreak?

No: Stress is usually related to repeat outbreaks, not new infections. New infections from exposure usually has more to do with current health status and immune status. After first outbreak, stress, illness and sunburn seem to incite outbreaks. Men usually have apparent outbreaks that are visible. It is possible for a woman to have a non visible internal cervical herpes outbreak. ...Read more

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Could genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

Could genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

Yes: Genital herpes can be problematic for pregnant women because of the possibility of vertical transmission during vaginal delivery. This is why women with vaginal herpes outbreaks require c-sections, and suppressive therapy around the time of delivery is used to prevent outbreaks. Neonatal herpes can lead to infection to the baby's skin, eyes, mouth, or central nervous system. ...Read more

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Can having genital herpes cause periods during pregnancy?

Can having genital herpes cause periods during pregnancy?

No: Genital herpes and periods are not linked. If you have a flare up of herpes and ur skin breaks down tht can cause bleeding at the site of the lesion. However, herpes in itself don't cause periods.
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If you have genital herpes and masturbated then accidentally touched your lips, will it cause oral herpes or how does this work?

According to the: Cdc ' if a person with genital herpes touches their sores or the fluids from the sores, they may transfer herpes to another part of the body.' so herpes type ii could be spread to the lip. ...Read more

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Can having hsv-1 giving oral sex causes the person receiving it have genital herpes of hsv-2? What is the chances of receiving hsv-2?

Can having hsv-1 giving oral sex causes the person receiving it have genital herpes of hsv-2? What is the chances of receiving hsv-2?

Apples and oranges: A person with apples can only give her friend apples. A person can receive oranges only from a friend who has oranges. Herpes 1 and 2 are like apples and oranges. They do not change into one another. However, herpes is called the "gift that keeps on giving" because once a person catches herpes 1 or 2, she can never get rid of it, yet she can give it to another person, and another, and another... ...Read more

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I just tested positive for genital herpes, will this cause me any further complications such HIV or cervical cancers or any others deseases isitcurab?

Yes and no: Testing positive for hsv (herpes simplex virus) means that you have acquired an infection which is classified as a sexually transmitted disease (std). This is not related to HIV or cervical cancer; however, these others are caused by other sexually transmitted viruses (hiv and hpv). There is no "cure" for herpes. There are medicines which can help reduce the symptoms and the time of a flare up. ...Read more

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What causes the same or similar symptoms as genital herpes?

What causes the same or similar symptoms as genital herpes?

...: In the us, amongst sexually active people the most common causes of genital ulcers are herpes and syphilis. Less common causes are chancroid and donovanosis. Non-infectious causes can include fixed drug reaction and behcet's. A visit to the doctor can help determine the cause and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can an exposure to genital herpes cause mrsa?

NO: Mrsa is caused by exposure to MRSA, genital herpes is caused by exposure to genital herpes. ...Read more

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Can strep b cause similar symptoms to genital herpes?

Test: Herpes can have no symptoms or the symptoms may mimic almost any vulvar disease. Group b strep is part of the normal flora of the vagina and is not usually considered an infection.
A simple pelvic exam with cultures or other testing may be helpful. ...Read more

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Can masturbation cause genital herpes?

No: No you have to come in contact with someone who has herpes. ...Read more

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Can canesten combi be used to ease the irritation caused by genital herpes?

No.: Female asks, Can canesten combi be used to ease the irritation caused by genital herpes? Canesten combi is a combination of two medications; Clotrimazole to treat Fungal or Yeast skin infection like Athlete's Foot & Hydrocortisone for skin Inflammation of various causes. But, It is not indicated for Genital Herpes nor for other viral infections like Chickenpox, shingles, & cold sores. No. ...Read more

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How can genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

How can genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

Primary outbreak: A first time infection with herpes during pregnancy is very serious since the virus can go from your blood stream through the placenta and cause an infection of the baby which can then cause long-term damage. Secondary or recurrent infections with HSV do not infect the baby unless you are actively shedding virus at the time of a vaginal delivery. Medications can minimize that risk. ...Read more

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Dose genital herpes cause blood after pee?

Dose genital herpes cause blood after pee?

More info: It would be important to know whether there is blood coming from the urinary bladder itself or from inflammation outside the bladder outlet from inflammation of the vagina or vulva. Herpes shouldn't cause an infection or bleeding in the bladder or kidney. If there are not eruptions at the time of the bloody urine, then studies of the urine itself are needed and a urologist should be consulted. ...Read more

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Could herpes (hsv-1) cause genital herpes (hsv-2)?

Could herpes (hsv-1) cause genital herpes (hsv-2)?

Herpes Simplex Virus: 1 (hsv -1) can cause genital lesions. (however it doesn't morph into hsv-2). ...Read more

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What problems can genital herpes type 2 cause for a newborn?

What problems can genital herpes type 2 cause for a newborn?

Death or disability: The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls. Some will have skin leasions (blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile. Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this. ...Read more

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Help please. Could genital herpes cause herpes on the mouth?

Help please. Could genital herpes cause herpes on the mouth?

Herpes Transmission: Herpes simplex virus (hsv) has two types: type I generally infects the mouth and produces "fever blisters". Type ii more commonly is genital. However, performing oral sex on someone infected with hsv I or ii can result in oral herpes. There are blood tests that can quickly determine if you've been infected with either strain. Antivirals help to reduce shedding and infection. ...Read more

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Does the same virus that causes genital herpes cause cold sores?

Does the same virus that causes genital herpes cause cold sores?

Herpes Transmission: Herpes simplex virus (hsv) has two types: type I generally infects the mouth and produces "fever blisters". Type ii more commonly is genital. However, performing oral sex on someone infected with hsv I or ii can result in oral herpes. There are blood tests that can quickly determine if you've been infected with either strain. Antivirals help to reduce shedding and infection. ...Read more

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Can cold sores go from your lips to down below and cause genital herpes?

Can cold sores go from your lips to down below and cause genital herpes?

It has happened: Sometimes herpes type I (cold sores) has been transmitted to the genitals. However it remains type I and does not morph into herpes type ii. ...Read more

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I am reading that shaving can cause a genital herpes outbreak...I was wondering if it would be better to use an electronic razor?

I am reading that shaving can cause a genital herpes outbreak...I was wondering if it would be better to use an electronic razor?

Do not shave: The current craze about shaving parts notwithstanding, it is a bad practice and more likely to cause infection in the area. Leave it alone and wash the area well when you shower.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Partner & I both have genital herpes, can we still have sex if one of us has an outbreak? Not cause of exposure; more like, will it make it worse?

Partner & I both have genital herpes, can we still have sex if one of us has an outbreak? Not cause of exposure; more like, will it make it worse?

See below: As long as the relationship is monogamous, both partners have the same type of herpes infection (s) (known as a seroconcordant couple), and both partners are free of other sexually transmitted infections, it's not necessary to use barrier methods like condoms or dental dams. Friction can aggravate herpes sores and slow healing, so you may want to avoid having sex when one of you has an outbreak. ...Read more

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Do cold sores on the mouth also cause genital herpes?

Possible: Cold sore is cause by hsv I while genital herpes is usually caused by hsv ii. Could a cold sore cause genital herpes? It would be possible if the sore is actively shedding virus during oral sex. With cold sore, avoid contact until the lesion is healed over. ...Read more

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Can lip picking with no cold sores cause genital herpes?

Can lip picking with no cold sores cause genital herpes?

No: Once someone has been infected with herpes more than a few months, the virus they is not transmitted to other body areas. Even with active cold sores, herpes is never transmitted to a person's own genital area. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Which problems can genital herpes (herpes simplex ii) cause for a newborn baby?

Which problems can genital herpes (herpes simplex ii) cause for a newborn baby?

Death or disability: The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls. Some will have skin leasions (blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile. Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this. ...Read more

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Does the medication acyclovir for genital herpes cause hair to become very dry and brittle?

Do not know: This is the first time I have heard this complaint. This drug does have neurotoxicity and there may be an increase in myelin basic proteins in spinal fluid, which could at least theoretically cause hair changes, but proving this is another matter. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...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