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Will anal herpes spread during colonoscopy?

Will anal herpes spread during colonoscopy?

No: Active herpes lesions are contagious to others, but do not cause spread in the host patient. Be sure to inform the staff at the colonoscopy center, so they will be cautious. ...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


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C an you have a herpes outbreak after a colonoscopy?

C an you have a herpes outbreak after a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy risks: Although there are risks of a colonoscopy, transmission of herpes is not one of them. Herpes outbreaks can be provoked by many factors, however, and the stress of preparing for and getting a colonoscopy could provoke an outbreak. ...Read more

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Can you still get a Colonoscopy if you are having a Herpes outbreak?

Can you still get a Colonoscopy if you  are having a Herpes outbreak?

Check with Doctor: Call the office of the doctor performing the colonoscopy to see what their direction is. I suspect they would want to reschedule but I don't know for certain. ...Read more

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Can you still get a Colonoscopy if you have having a Herpes outbreak?

Can you still get a Colonoscopy if you have having a Herpes outbreak?

Yes.: You cannot transmit the Herpes infection to another part of your body after you get the initial infection. Your body produces antibodies that prevent other areas of your body from becoming infected--but it is possible to already have multiple areas involved from the same initial infection. Do tell the colonoscopy staff so that they may exercise greater contact precautions. ...Read more

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Can you still have a Colonoscopy if you are having a herpes outbreak?

Up to your doctor: This is something to be decided only by the doctor who will be doing the colonoscopy. Maybe not if the outbreak is near your anal area, but maybe OK if more distant or largely healed by the time of the procedure. Or maybe the doctor would prescribe anti-HSV treatment (e.g. acyclovir, valacyclovir) during the procedure. Contact the doc's office and ask directly. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy?

What is a colonoscopy?

Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad. ...Read more

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Do colonoscopies hurt?

No: Colonoscopy is usually performed with some form of sedation and if done correctly you should not feel anything or remember anything. ...Read more

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What is a colonoscopy like?

A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more

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How to prep for a colonoscopy?

Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more

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What results from colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy: This is a good screening tool used for the appropriate age group in screening for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more