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Dr. David Kurss
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Genital Herpes (Overview)

This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are very painful and tender.


Dr. David Kurss
323 doctors shared insights

Genital Herpes (Overview)

This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are very painful and tender.


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I was wondering what are the complications of genital herpes?

Scarring: Genital herpes can have several concerning complications. One thing to do is consult with your dermatologist to discuss the frequency of your attacks to help treat you best. Read more here: http://www.Aad.Org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/e---h/herpes-simplex. ...Read more

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Living with Genital Herpes (Tip)

Living with Genital Herpes

Do have testing for other std's if you have been diagnosed with herpes. ...See more

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Living with Genital Herpes (Checklist)

Avoid sex when you have an outbreak
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease frequency of outbreaks
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease shedding the virus
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Avoid oral sex when you have fever blisters
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Is there a treatment for genital herpes?

Is there a treatment for genital herpes?

Yes: Oral antiviral medications are helpful in preventing or clearing up herpes sores. Topical antiviral creams are somewhat helpful but not as helpful as oral medications. To treat an outbreak, one should start the medication as soon as possible to get the best effect. ...Read more

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Is there a test available that determines whether herpes infection is in the genitals or the mouth without having symptoms? Genital herpes test?

Is there a test available that determines whether herpes infection is in the genitals or the mouth without having symptoms? Genital herpes test?

Herpes: There is a blood test that will tell if you have ever been infected with herpes simplex type 1 or type 2 or nigh or neither. If the test is negative it means you are not infected with herpes. If the test is positive it means that you have been infected in the past but it doesn't tell you where because either type can occur in either place. ...Read more

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Living with Genital Herpes (Tip)

Living with Genital Herpes

Tell partner.Have fun.Take medication as needed. Avoid sex or use protection during active infection. ...See more

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Treating Genital Warts (Checklist)

Wear condoms during sexual intercourse
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Get treated promptly
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Avoid multiple partners
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How does genital herpes look like? Please show photo?

Genital herpes: can have various appearances. This STD is often missed or misdiagnosed because the appearance can vary from the classic cluster of vesicles to no lesion at all! Recurrent HSV is often a single tiny painful area that is swollen and red. If untreated it usually develops into an ulcer but it may be so tiny and hidden in pubic hair that it is never seen. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of genital herpes?

What are the most common symptoms of genital herpes?

Discomfort: Painful ulcers in the genital area. Herpes virus lives in the nerves of the body and will cause recurrent ulcers in the same area repeatedly. ...Read more

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Reproductive Organs (Definition)

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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