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Doctor insights on: Herpes In Older Women

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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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64 year old female. ....Non sexuallyy active......Contracted herpes 2...... What are possible ways of aquiring.......Thank you kindly?

64 year old female. ....Non sexuallyy active......Contracted herpes 2...... What are possible ways of aquiring.......Thank you kindly?

Old infection: The most likely explanation is that you acquired it some time in the past when you were sexually active, and just had a recent outbreak.

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


Dr. Emily Altman Dr. Altman
Dermatology
24 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Can herpes remain dormant for over ten years in a female who has a 3 year old child?

Can herpes remain dormant for over ten years in a female who has a 3 year old child?

Herpes infection: Clinical symptoms of herpes eruption range from no eruptions at all even though the person has an infection to eruptions coming very closely together like 1-2 times a month for a person with a fully functional immune system. Stress, being ill, sun exposure and other stimuli can increase frequency of eruptions. People whose immune systems are weakened get frequent or continuous eruptions.

Dr. Arlene Martinez Delio Dr. Martinez Delio
Psychiatry
35 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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33 yr old female, herpes but no breakouts. Treated self for yeast, still itching. Why?

33 yr old female, herpes but no breakouts. Treated self for yeast, still itching. Why?

It may be vaginitis: It's probably not yeast if you have treated your self already for this. It may be a vaginitis. The best way to find out is with a vaginal exam. Other organisms like Chlamidia, over growth of natural bacteria, vaginal dryness, even the different days during the menstrual cycle make our hormones change the Ph, or acidity, of the vagina. Also vaginal douches may cause changes in the flora of the vagi

Dr. Edwin Ishoo Dr. Ishoo
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What is curative treatment for herpes labialis in a female (50 years old)?

What is curative treatment for herpes labialis in a female (50 years old)?

Herpes: There is no cure for herpes. You will need to see your doctor for definitive diagnosis and possibly be started on anti-viral medication such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) to expedite the resolution of an outbreak or to prevent outbreak in the future. You mush avoid direct contact with another when you have an active eruption.

Dr. Chevies Newman Dr. Newman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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Hello I am a 32 yr old female in quite a difficult situation. My bf finally told me he may have genital herpes. Can a dr. Please advise on protection?

Hello I am a 32 yr old female in quite a difficult situation. My bf finally told me he may have genital herpes. Can a dr. Please advise on protection?

I would consider: Checking to see if u have antibodies, if so you have already been exposed. Otherwise he can decrease the amount of virus he is shedding by using valacyclovir 500 mg or 1 gm per day, condom use also recommended. This will dramatically reduce the chances of getting it but if he feels iit coming on, refrain of course.

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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I am a 35 year old women and got diagnosed with genital herpes about 4 months ago. Is it possible that I could have had herpes for years and not know?

Herpes is Silent: Yes. Of course. That is why anyone who knows anything about herpes is encouraging all sexually active adults to have the blood tests to know their status. It is now thought that up to 90% of those infected do not get sores and do not know they are infected.

Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark Dr. Clark
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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I am 28 yrs old female herpes patient. I have been under medication and treatment for 3 years now. But vaginal itching persists. Is there any cure?

I am 28 yrs old female herpes patient. I have been under medication and treatment for 3 years now. But vaginal itching persists. Is there any cure?

Depends on cause: Although you are being treated for herpes, itching may have other causes including stds, vaginal infection, skin conditions, allergic reaction to condoms, gels, soap, sprays, even your partner's semen. You may find relief changing the medication, the dosage, or frequency. Wear cotton underwear or none when possible (to air out the vaginal area). Use good wiping technique. See your doctor.

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Would genital herpes cause weight gain in a 29 year old (otherwise healthy) female? I have always been around 110lbs, and now am stuck at 125lbs.

Would genital herpes cause weight gain in a 29 year old (otherwise healthy) female? I have always been around 110lbs, and now am stuck at 125lbs.

Not herpes: Herpes does not cause weight gain. If you are stressed or anxious about having herpes, that might affect how much you eat and/or exercise. Otherwise this is unrelated to herpes.

Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein Dr. Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
26 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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High platelet count 6lakh above and 3years back suffered from herpes zoster and cured. Currently osteoporosis and high BP are there? 62 yrs old female

High platelet count 6lakh above and 3years back suffered from herpes zoster and cured. Currently osteoporosis and high BP are there? 62 yrs old female

High platelets: There are many reasons for an elevated platelet count such as infection, inflammation and many other problems. It can also be a sign of a bone marrow problem. You should see a physician to have this evaluated.

Dr. Arthur Heller Dr. Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
39 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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I have had herpes since 1997, I get it on my face and hands, never anywhere else. I am taking 2400mg of acyclivor every day and am still having outbreaks...Will this damage my liver and can I become immune to this medicine? I am 41 yrs old and female.

I have had herpes since 1997, I get it on my face and hands, never anywhere else. I am taking 2400mg of acyclivor every day and am still having outbreaks...Will this damage my liver and can I become immune to this medicine? I am 41 yrs old and female.

Sure it's herpes?: That's very high dose daily suppressive rx if immune competent; and high end of dosing if immune incompetent. Maybe it's not herpes. Seen a dermatologist? Or infectious disease doc? Could be dermatitis herpetiformis (look alike rash, often associated with celiac sprue), or other underlying immunological issue. There are other anti herpes meds available as well.

Dr. Michael Moran Dr. Moran
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
29 years in practice
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I am 25yr old female and was infected with gonnorhea twice and I have genital herpes, am I at risk for blocked fallopian tubes?

I am 25yr old female and was infected with gonnorhea twice and I have genital herpes, am I at risk for blocked fallopian tubes?

Yep, AND P.I.D.: The more STD's you get, the greater chance for sterility and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or P.I.D. One of the best treatments to prevent this is by placing an Aspirin firmly between your knees and squeeze it there when on a date.

Dr. Jerome Litt Dr. Litt
Dermatology
67 years in practice
Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School
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38 yr old female married 19 yrs throat red w/white spot right side soft palette area. Dr said strep or herpes, never had herpes in my life why say it?

38 yr old female married 19 yrs throat red w/white spot right side soft palette area. Dr said strep or herpes, never had herpes in my life why say it?

STREP/HERPES/THROAT?: THE FACT THAT YOU NEVER HAD HERPES IN YOUR LIFE, DOES NOT MEAN YOU WONT EVER GET IT! THE CHANCES ARE THAT IT IS NOT HERPES. . . THINK POSITIVE.

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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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I am 28 year old female. .. m married and miscarriage because of rubella IgG. .. and now reports showed that m having herpes simplex type 2 IgM 2.50?

I am 28 year old female. .. m married and miscarriage because of rubella IgG. .. and now reports showed that m having herpes simplex type 2 IgM 2.50?

What's the question?: The presence of rubella IgG means that you were protected against rubella and thus it was not the cause for your miscarriage. Assuming the HSV2 is positive, you will need to talk to your OB doctor regarding this issue even though I am not aware that this is causing miscarriage. I still don't understand your question however.

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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71 yr old female. Pain on outside portion of left ear. Had herpes zoster virus of left ear 15 yrs ago. No blisters. Symptoms began last night.?

71 yr old female. Pain on outside portion of left ear. Had herpes zoster virus of left ear 15 yrs ago. No blisters. Symptoms began last night.?

Possible herpes: If she did not have anything outside the ear look inside the ear canal you may find one or two, if you find them that is it. If you do nt search for other reasons.

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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I'm a 22 year old female who is 8 weeks pregnant. I have a breakout on my vagina and I'm scared it's genital herpes. In some bumps you can see the hai?

I'm a 22 year old female who is 8 weeks pregnant. I have a breakout on my vagina and I'm scared it's genital herpes. In some bumps you can see the hai?

No risk for baby: Make sure your obstetrician knows about this and your concern for herpes. She will know how to prevent any risk to your baby. However, a herpes outbreak at 8 weeks carries no danger for the baby; it's a problem on if there is an outbreak at the time of vaginal delivery. Even then, the risk is very low. The main risk of neonatal herpes is for new herpes caught toward the end of pregnancy.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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What are signs of herpes in men and women?

What are signs of herpes in men and women?

Blisters on red base: Painful or itchy blisters, usually in small clusters on a base of red skin, that eventually open up, leaving shallow ulcers. Typical locations are the genitals, the lips, or around the anus, but they can occur on other skin sites as well.

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Is it harder for a woman to give herpes to a guy?

Is it harder for a woman to give herpes to a guy?

Herpes and Gender: No. Herpes is a virus. It is transmitted from skin to skin. It does not know gender.

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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What's the best way for a man to not give a women herpes?

What's the best way for a man to not give a women herpes?

Not have Herpes!: I am assuming you have herpes, since you would have not asked the question. Both type 1 and 2 herpes are not site specific, ie. Oral and genital types occur in both places. Viral contact with oral or genital areas is requisite. You can shed virus and not be aware of a lesion. Medications: valtex or Famvir (famciclovir) can lessen the likelyhood of transmission, as well as prevent outbreaks! Barrier protection!