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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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I have peritonsillar abscess. Could this be any indication of HIV or herpes?

I have peritonsillar abscess. Could this be any indication of HIV or herpes?

Generally not: Usually a peritonsillar abscess is a bad-luck complication of a tonsil infection. It usually occurs in healthy young people. While not to say that you couldn't have HIV or herpes for other reasons, they are not known to significantly predispose to peritonsillar abscess (although being immune deficient can increase risk of all sorts of infections). Get the pta treated by an ent. ...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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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?

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?

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