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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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What causes my genital herpes to flare up?

What causes my genital herpes to flare up?

Herpes: If we knew this reason we would both be very famous. Most people have no outbreaks with herpes infection and some have recurring outbreaks without much evidence of why. But, if you are not taking something to prevent your outbreaks I would advise you find an expert and get care from them. You should not be having outbreaks or flare ups. This can usually be prevented. ...Read more

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It seems I'm having a herpes flare, which I haven't had in 2 years. I have 5 Valecyclovir left from 2 years ago, should I take them until my next appo?

It seems I'm having a herpes flare, which I haven't had in 2 years. I have 5 Valecyclovir left from 2 years ago, should I take them until my next appo?

No: After 2 years most likely expired do not take an expired medication. Call your prescribing doctor and perhaps he will refill them for you or request to see you if it has been a while ...Read more

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My husband first wife has herpes but he had no symptom or signs. They had divorced for 12 years now. Could my husband got it but not flare up?

My husband first wife has herpes but he had no symptom or signs. They had divorced for 12 years now. Could my husband got it but not flare up?

Possibly: Asympomatic (no or few/mild symptoms) carriers do exist but since transmission is most likely when an infected person's open sores contact the delicate mucus membrane tissue of another person. It's rarely been known to transfer from a non-symptomatic individual, but he can have a (not perfect) test. Info: http://goaskalice. Columbia. Edu/testing-asymptomatic-herpes
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How long does the first flare up of herpes last? I just started my antibiotics yesterday? Flare up started 4 days ago..

Several weeks: An initial infection with herpes can last up to several weeks. Fortunately, recurrences are much shorter and often can be abbreviated with doses of antiviral medication at the first onset of symptoms. Frequent recurrences can be prevented by suppressive doses of antiviral medication taken daily, which also decreases the transmission to your partner. For more information www. Askyourgynecologist. Org. ...Read more

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I have herpes and have been prescribed anti viral medication to take everyday, however at the moment I have an aggressive flare up will these work?

I have herpes and have been prescribed anti viral medication to take everyday, however at the moment I have an aggressive flare up will these work?

Increase the dose: Assuming acyclovir or valacyclovir for suppression, during an outbreak you should increase the dose for a few days. Check with the doctor or clinic who prescribed it for the exact dose and duration. You can also ask if you should take a higher dose for ongoing treatment. For example, 1 g valacyclovir daily sometimes is more effective than 500 mg, especially if outbreaks are fairly frequent. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed as a child with 6th disease (a type of herpes virus) I can have flare up on different places of my body, but haven't had a flare up in?

I was diagnosed as a child with 6th disease (a type of herpes virus) I can have flare up on different places of my body, but haven't had a flare up in?

Exanthema subitum: Hhv6 and hhv7 can cause high fever in healthy infant (9-12month) followed by rash (small blanchable pink macules and papules on trunk and neck). Self limited course with rare sequelae. Virus persists thru the life of the patient. Reactivation age 10 - 43 may result in pitryriasis rosea which is c;haracterized by fine scaling papules andplaques with marginal collarette on trunk, arms and legs. ...Read more

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Can you still have surgery (laparoscopic for endometriosis) if you have new flare up of shingles (herpes zoster)?

Can you still have surgery (laparoscopic for endometriosis) if you have new flare up of shingles (herpes zoster)?

Depends on location: This depends on the location of the outbreak. If well away from the lower abdomen, i.e. where the laparoscopy will be done, probalby no problem. But of course check with your doctor. Recurrent shingles is very rare. If recurrent herpes anywhere from upper thighs to the waist, more likely this is recurrent genital herpes due to HSV2, not herpes zoster. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tell if a guy has herpes when it's not flared, crater like rings on penis? Even on body? And red sore on tip. Glad I'm not activelol

Is it possible to tell if a guy has herpes when it's not flared, crater like rings on penis? Even on body? And red sore on tip. Glad I'm not activelol

Usually can't tell: Genital herpes could cause a "red sore" on the penis, but not "crater like rings". People with recurrent herpes or with no symptoms have entirely normal appearing genitals. You cannot tell whether someone has herpes by just looking. As previously suggested (I think it was you), the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre would be an excellent choice for personal advice, testing, etc. ...Read more

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Evry yr my top lip foes on stages of flares up, scabs, itch, peels and still flared Doctor said it's not herpes, it's not alergy either as one thought?

Evry yr my top lip foes on stages of flares up, scabs, itch, peels and still flared Doctor said it's not herpes, it's not alergy either as one thought?

Likely allergy: If it itches, it is more likely to be from an allergy= most likely contact allergy. I suspect that some oral preparations may be the cause. Consider consulting an allergist. ...Read more

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Is there a way to see if a man has genital herpes when not flared? I'm paranoid to sleep with people even though always use condoms. Doesn't protect

Is there a way to see if a man has genital herpes when not flared? I'm paranoid to sleep with people even though always use condoms. Doesn't protect

Misinformation: As in my previous reply, there is no way to know by looking. You can ask, but many people have herpes without knowing it. Blood test can tell if someone has HSV1 and/or HSV2. You misunderstand condoms. Recent research shows condoms are over 90% effective in preventing HSV2 transmission from male to female (but only 50% female to male). Large majority of Australian males don't have it anyway. ...Read more

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Red itchy bumbs on different parts of body, flare up when in the shower, sore throat and yellow tongue. Herpes or HIV?

Red itchy bumbs on different parts of body, flare up when in the shower, sore throat and yellow tongue. Herpes or HIV?

Rash, sore throat: Herpes is typically painful. Onset of HIV is more likely to have flu-like symptoms, but it does show up with all sorts of symptoms. Please see your doctor or health department for comprehensive STI testing and prevention, just as a general precaution. Your symptoms are probably due to something more common, could be strep. Please have strep test, too. ...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

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Symptoms of herpes?

Herpes Symptoms: The virus starts to multiply when it gets into the skin cells. The skin becomes red and sensitive, and soon afterward, one or more blisters or bumps appear. The blisters first open, scab over, and then heal as new skin tissue forms. During a first outbreak, the area is usually painful and may itch, burn or tingle. Flu-like symptoms are also common: swollen glands, headache, muscle aches, fever. ...Read more

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Can herpes be cured?

No: Herpes simplex virus, like all members of this group of viruses, acts like a squatter. Sets up shop in your body and remains there for the rest of your life, although you may never have symptoms. ...Read more

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How did I get herpes?

How did I get herpes?

From someone else: You get herpes from someone else who has it. Hsv-2 is usually transmitted sexually. Hsv-1, the cause of cold sores, is often acquired earlier in life through close personal contact that isn't sexual. ...Read more

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How to remove herpes?

How to remove herpes?

You don't!: The acquisition of herpes 1 or 2 is permanent and the viruses are spread by vaginal/anal and oral interocurse, and kissing. If you have herpes, you can prevent the spead by taking acyclovir, famvir, (famciclovir) or valtex! ...Read more

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How can herpes spread?

Contact: Herpes is spread from skin-to-skin contact when someone has active blisters. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Idk if I have herpes?

Cultures can help: HSV1 and HSV2 have similar morphology and natural history. Recurrent small grouped vesicles occurring on a reddened base, usually painful and found on the oral lips and genital areas are the most common symptoms. About 85% of the pop has HSV1 and 25+% have HSV2. Genital herpes may also be due to HSV1. Viral cultures and blood tests, antibody tests, are positive. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can you get herpes?

How can you get herpes?

From herpes viruses: A person can get herpes from another person's fresh herpes sores. The other person may have sores on his or her genitals, lips, fingers, etc..., and transmit viruses by touching the uninfected person. Sometimes, infected persons can transmit herpes even when they don't have visible fresh herpes sores, so prevention is not always possible. Most adults have had oral herpes, as it is so common. ...Read more

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How does herpes spread?

How does herpes spread?

Herpes Simplex Virus: The herpes simplex virus-1 is most often the cause of cold sores. It can be spread to the mouth or lips through activities like kissing. It can spread to the genitals by mouth to genital contact or genital to genital contact. Herpes simplex virus -2 can be spread through vaginal, anal ; oral sex. ...Read more

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How does one get herpes?

How does one get herpes?

Sexual contact.: Herpes infections are actually very common. By the time you are sexually active, there is about a 40% chance that you have been exposed to herpes type 1 or 2. Most people you have herpes will not know it, yet they can transmit it to others. Some people actually get an outbreak and rarely some individuals get frequent outbreaks. Limit your sexual partners to as few as possible. ...Read more

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How prevalent is herpes?

How prevalent is herpes?

50 million in US: Nearly 28% were infected by herpes simplex 2 virus in a survey of new york city adult population. Prevalence is estimated to be 50 million in usa. ...Read more