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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


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There's a small, almost painless red bump on the tip of my penis. It's been there for a week and a half, but hasn't opened or crusted over. Herpes?

There's a small, almost painless red bump on the tip of my penis. It's been there for a week and a half, but hasn't opened or crusted over. Herpes?

It could be multiple: Things, and typically herpes would create small blisters. Please see your doctor asap to make sure it isn't anything contagious or concerning ...Read more

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During the crusting stage of herpes, its very contagious. But what if the person is taking medication? Still as contagious as it would be if they weren't

During the crusting stage of herpes, its very contagious. But what if the person is taking medication? Still as contagious as it would be if they weren't

Herpes: It sure sounds like you are operating on old information about herpes. If one has herpes they are always contagious, whether they have a sore or not. The rate of viral shedding, however, is unpredictable and untestable. If you have any viral shedding now your contagiousness will be about 50% reduced if you are on medications. ...Read more

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I thought I had Thrush but now I'm worried it's Herpes? HELP!! Small, crusty, painful spots/sores around my Clitorus?!?!

I thought I had Thrush but now I'm worried it's Herpes? HELP!! Small, crusty, painful spots/sores around my Clitorus?!?!

Go to your doctor: Without looking at the rash, I'd say that herpes is possible, but not the only thing you might have. It's best for you to go to your doctor, or health department, as soon as you can. If it is herpes, there are some medications that can help relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Do all 8 stages of herpes occur when it's inside the mouth? Do you still get the crusting and scabbing that described online?

Do all 8 stages of herpes occur when it's inside the mouth? Do you still get the crusting and scabbing that described online?

Oral herpes: "8 stages" of herpes outbreaks is only a rough guide. Initial oral HSV can cause sores inside the mouth, but recurrent herpes lesions are only outside, on the lips or elsewhere on the face. Crusting and scabbing never occur with herpes on moist surfaces. If you have recurrent oral herpes, talk to doctor about Rx for valayclovir to take in a single large dose (2 g) at earliest sign of outbreak. ...Read more

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I have a pimple like bump on my pubic area. I've had it for a few days. Today I saw it crust over. It never caused pain. Is it herpes if it has a scab?

I have a pimple like bump on my pubic area. I've had it for a few days. Today I saw it crust over. It never caused pain. Is it herpes if it has a scab?

Hard to say: It is probably not herpes although I cannot be sure. You may just have an inflammation of a hair follicle called folliculitis.Another possibility is molluscum contagiosum.I would see a dermatologist to find out what the actual diagnosis is. ...Read more

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Protect sex two weeks ago. 2 linear marks between leg and scrotum for 10 days. No pus no crust and was painless. They are not visible today. Herpes?

Protect sex two weeks ago. 2 linear marks between leg and scrotum for 10 days. No pus no crust and was painless. They are not visible today. Herpes?

Still not herpes: This is virtually the same as another question a few days ago. Same answer: not herpes. Herpes would not cuase "linear marks", and herpes skin lesions cannot look pretty much the same for 10 days. By that time they would be mostly scabs and healing. Probably these marks have nothing to do with your recent sexual contact. See doctor if you remain concered about them. ...Read more

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How long it takes the primary infection for the genital herpes to heal in woman? Dose it crust in peel?

How long it takes the primary infection for the genital herpes to heal in woman? Dose it crust in peel?

Herpes simplex: Primary infections are generally more severe than recurrences and may last up to 10-14 days, although have seen cases more prolonged than that. Yes, it will crust and scab over as it heals. Do not scrape off the crusting. It will heal in time. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes and every morning I wake up with my eyes a little crusted and my vision blurred for about three min does that have anything to?

I have genital herpes and every morning I wake up with my eyes a little crusted and my vision blurred for about three min does that have anything to?

Your complaint: Your complaint does not sound like herpetic involvement of your eyes. I would suggest that you see an ophthalmologist. Your symptoms do not resemble the usual herpetic symptoms - so do not worry - but see your eye doctor when you can. ...Read more

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I get a yellow crusty sore in my nose frequently? Herpes?

I get a yellow crusty sore in my nose frequently? Herpes?

Or impetigo: Yellow crusty sores in the nasal area are usually impetigo (bacterial skin infection) - but if the sore is always in the exact same spot, and starts with painful blisters, it could be herpes simplex. There are treatments for both, so you should see your doctor or a dermatologist the next time it happens, get it cultured, and find out which it is. ...Read more

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If a specific location where a red bump on my penis is never itches, burns, crusts over, etc, can it still be herpes? Usually itches all over.

If a specific location where a red bump on my penis is never itches, burns, crusts over, etc, can it still be herpes? Usually itches all over.

Not herpes: Herpes doesn't behave like this: unlikely to cause red bump that doesn't become blister or sore and doesn't cause itching "all over". Neither does any other STD. Maybe a localized allergy or other dermatitis. See a doctor. If the "red bump" is present only now and then, talk to your doctor about arranging an immediate visit (without an advance appointment) next time it appears. ...Read more

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White bumps after getting penis scraped with teeth via oral. No pain outside of one day of soreness, no fluid from them, no crusting. Is it herpes?

White bumps after getting penis scraped with teeth via oral. No pain outside of one day of soreness, no fluid from them, no crusting. Is it herpes?

Not Herpes: Herpes generally causes red lesions, that are quite painful initially & generally last for 10-14 days. Also they generally do not show up right away but take a few days after exposure to get sore. It could be another std but most likely it was just a scrape of the skin from the teeth. I see you say no unprotected sex - did you use a condom for oral? If not, that is unprotected sex! ...Read more

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Can a zit on the corner or your mouth crust over when it's healing? It had a white head and popped so I assume its not herpes but I am still worried.

Can a zit on the corner or your mouth crust over when it's healing? It had a white head and popped so I assume its not herpes but I am still worried.

Yes but....: The other possibilities are like you suggested herpes as well as impetigo (staph infection). Try applying triple antibiotic for 2-3 days. If its not better or if its spreading, see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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The doctor diagnose me with genital herpes, and I took medication. Is it possible for the sore to disappear suddenly or it should crust and peel first?

The doctor diagnose me with genital herpes, and I took medication. Is it possible for the sore to disappear suddenly or it should crust and peel first?

Any of the above: Disappearance immediately is unlikely and slow healing in a few days is moire probable. In the meantime you should nor have sexual intercourse until all lesions are gone and even then it is possible to have a recurrence for no apparent reason and even infect your sexual partner even is the skin looks "normal". Condoms are essential and oral sex has risks of also infecting your partner. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore that has a yellow crust over it, guessing almost healed. I gave oral sex forgetting I had it. Can my boyfriend get genital herpes?

I have a cold sore that has a yellow crust over it, guessing almost healed. I gave oral sex forgetting I had it. Can my boyfriend get genital herpes?

Yes.: It is certainly possible to transmit herpes simplex that way. Tell your boyfriend to see his doctor, who may give him a course of oral antiviral therapy (valtrex, famvir, (famciclovir) etc.) to lessen the chances of transmission. ...Read more

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Had a sore pimple/blister on labia minora, didn't crust. Only hurted when touched. Doctor said maybe friction burn didn't look like it could be herpes?

Had a sore pimple/blister on labia minora, didn't crust. Only hurted when touched. Doctor said maybe friction burn didn't look like it could be herpes?

Herpes test: Get a herpes culture from sore
also herpes antibodies in blood is sure way to know if it is herpes or not
did not crust does not mean anything
painful sore is usally herpes ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

Virus family: Herpes is a family of viruses characterized by small blister-like (vesicles) rash & by staying in the body until triggered again. Most common ones are herpes simplex I & ii which cause cold sores and genital sores. Chickenpox is a herpes virus that can reappear later in life as shingles. Epstein-barr & cytomegalovirus, roseola virus, & cause of kaposi's sarcoma are all herpes viruses. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

Virus infection: Herpes is a family of various viruses that can be responsible for different diseases. Herpes simplex causes the typical cold or fever blister on the lips and face. Herpes varicella zoster is reponsible for chicken pox, and then can cause shingles. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

A family of viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

A family of viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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Signs of herpes?

Signs of herpes?

Painful ulcers: Genital herpes is a viral infection that most commonly presents w/ painful sores or ulcers in the genital area (boxer short distribution). Outbreak can start as pain & itching. There may be small red bumps or tiny white blisters. Some pts have pain w/ urinating, recurrent vaginal irritation, painful lymph nodes in groin, pain down leg. Inital outbreak may feel like flu. Sometimes no symptoms. ...Read more

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Types of herpes?

Types of herpes?

8 in humans: There are 25 known herpes viruse, 8 of which infect humans. The types are: 1, cold sores; 2 genital herpes; ebv mononucleosis; CMV causes retinitis in hiv; varicella causes chickenpox and shingles; herpes virus 6 causes roseola; and herpes virus 8 causes kaposi's sarcoma. ...Read more

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Is herpes serious?

Is herpes serious?

It depends: Herpes simplex infections in healthy people are usually localized to the area of infection. In people with weakened immune systems herpes can be serious, causing not only skin infections but also potentially infecting other organs.

Herpes infections in newborn babies can be very serious and have lifelong consequences or even causing death. ...Read more