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Genital Herpes Cream
No creams work well: No topical treatments (ointments, creams, etc) work well against herpes. Any moisturizing cream may help make lesions less painful as they heal, and anesthetic gel (e.g. lidocaine, benzocaine) may reduce pain if severe. But none speed healing. Effective treatment to prevent or shorten outbreaks requires treatment by mouth, usually valacyclovir (Valtrex) or acyclovir (Zovirax and other brands). ...Read more
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
I have genital herpes and it really hurts what can I do to make the pain less painful? Is there any cream I can put or is it only prescribed meds?
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I used a hemorrhoid cream from someone infected with genital herpes and when I took some out I put it in a toilet paper and applied it. Can I get herp?
Possible but slight: Virsuses can live outside the body for short period of time (like seconds, most article say < 10 seconds,) but longer in damp conditions. So, very unlikely unless your friend had just used the medication. ...Read more
Are cold sores different from genital herpes? Also, is there any medication that can supress it? I only use acyclovir cream when I have an outbreak.
Herpes: There are two herpes viruses. We now call them type one and type two. Cold sores, as you call them, are usually oral and herpes type one. That is at least 90% of the time to be true. But, herpes two, which is usually seen as 'genital' herpes, can be caught on the mouth as well and can also cause 'cold sores'. The best test is the blood test. There are three oral medications to treat and suppress. ...Read more
Doctor said I have folliculitis. I say genital herpes. I'm paranoid and they never bother testing me and gave me cream to put don't know what to do.?
Do a herpes culture: Culture of the lesions, if the culture is +, it means herpes, if it is negative, it does not necessarily mean you do not have herpes, but, then you can do blood herpes antibodies for type 1 and type 2, if the antibodies are + and you have never had a cold sore then most likely the lesions are herpes, go for a second opinion to a different doctor if you are worried. ...Read more
While in Germany I went to a Urologist who diagnosed me with genital herpes on the penis glands (Head). I was prescribed Aciclovir cream which I read shouldn't be used on glands? Is this true? As I am not seeing any improvement either.
Genital HSV 2 infection is best treated with oral Acyclovir 400 mg every 4 hours five times daily for 10 days to decrease viral shedding time and if treated within 48 hours of symptoms can sometimes abort the infection.
Oral Acyclovir is best used for HSV 1 mild lip infections, Oral is better for treatment of both HSV 1 and HSV 2 (Oral and Genital) ...Read more
Mnay: First time around you may get systemic symptoms of fever, chills, malaise, an outbreak of numerous blister-like lesions on the genetalia which will rupture and leave very tender and painful ulcers which may last as long as 10-14days. The female genetalia may become swollen and tender to the point that she cannot walk. The man can develop severe swelling which may partially impede free urination. ...Read more
Nope, useless: Any cream or ointment may help herpes lesions feel better. To that extent, Herdox might help a little. But it has no ingredients active against herpes and does not speed healing. Don't waste money on it. The only effective treatments are the anti-herpes drugs acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir, and only by mouth; the ointments don't work well. ...Read more
Direct Contact: Genital herpes is essentially spread by direct contact with an infectious area. It is so common primarily due to its ability to infect another even in the absence of any sores. So, that means that genital herpes can be spread even if you or your partner don't see any sores - orally or genitally. Valtrex (valacyclovir) has been shown to reduce, not eliminate the risk for asymptomatic transmission. ...Read more
Herpes simplex virus: Herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus (hsv). Hsv 1 is the main cause of genital herpes, while hsv 2 causes cold sores. Herpes zoster causes shingles. All are contagious as long as sores (lesions) are present even of they are healing. Avoid contact, or sharing body fluids, or using glasses and utensils used by someone with active herpes. ...Read more
Yes: This is more likely to happen if mom has a first breakout around the time of delivery & delivers vaginally. Infection rates of around 30% have been cited. Risk drops for recurrent outbreaks & when mom takes suppression meds. Often a c-section delivery is scheduled or done as soon as the water breaks to prevent exposure. ...Read more
No.: The virus will always be in your system, but some people with herpes have no idea they have it because they never had a "flareup" or outbreak. If the initial outbreak is treated with antiviral medications, then it decreases the severity and frequency of subsequent outbreaks, and some people never have an outbreak again. But the virus is still there. ...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
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 ...Read more