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Herpes Itching After Outbreak
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
Initial no 2nd, yes: Initial exposure with lesions will be evident within 2 weeks. Secondary recurrence can lay dormant for long periods of time before reemerging. ...Read more
Painful sexual intercourse, painful urge to urinate, bleeding, swelling, itching? Possible genital herpes outbreak?
Possibly herpes: These symptoms are quite typical for newly acquired genital herpes; too severe for an outbreak of recurrent herpes. New herpes is especially likely if at risk, e.g. new partner or partner known to have genital herpes. Severe urinary tract infection or other STD also are possible. Get care ASAP, the sooner the better both for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment if it's herpes. Good luck! ...Read more
Not likely: Genital herpes isn't always symptomatic. Often times you'll never know that you have an infection. When you do, all you'll notice are blisters on a red base. Burning upon urination suggests either a bladder or kidney infection (different manifestations of urinary tract infections), or possibly a different sexually transmitted infection. Go see your family physician for proper diagnosis & treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes: Recurrent herpetic outbreaks are usually shorter in duration (averaging 7 days), with less severe symptoms and are often preceded by a prodrome of itching or burning in the affected area. Systemic symptoms are usually absent. Most people diagnosed with a first episode of genital herpes can expect to have several (typically four or five) outbreaks (symptomatic recurrences) within a year. ...Read more
After new partner I've had frequent herpes prodrome symptoms but never lesions,sores,etc. Swollen groin nodes, itch, tingles, sore back. What to do?
Doctor can check: If a patient sees no lesions, it is hard to guess whether or not any symptoms are from herpes. Her doctor can help, perhaps by doing blood tests for herpes antibodies. If symptoms are happening often, perhaps a trial of preventive medication can be done, if the blood antibodies are positive for herpes. The partner's antibodies should be checked too, because one can only catch herpes from a person. ...Read more
Herpes: Primary infection may result in systemic as well as local manifestations. Following an incubation period of 3 to 7 days, the patient may experience a virus-like syndrome with malaise and fever, then paresthesia of the vulva that are followed by vesicle formation. These are often multiple, resulting in shallow, painful ulcers that may coalesce.Vesicles and ulcers can occur in a 2- to 6-week period. ...Read more
Is a HSV igm & igg blood test helpful after g herpes exposure 6+months ago? No genital outbreak, other symptoms, but have had mouth cold sores before.
Probably yes: The HSV IgG tests are excellent, and a negative result for HSV2 6+ months after exposure shows you were not infected. The HSV1 result should have been positive if your diagnosis of past cold sores is correct, but once in a while the test misses HSV1 (but rarely HSV2). The IgM result doesn't help one way or the other -- it's inherently unreliable anyway, never done by herpes or STD experts. ...Read more
How long do prodromal symtpoms of herpes first outbreak lastburning/tingling in thigh vagina anus abdomen x 9 days. Is herpes? Will blisters happen?
I would go : In. The distribution of pain is wide fore genital herpes. The prodrome in a first episode is usually a viral type illness, then breakout. One would expect lesions after 9 days but it can be tricky in that there are times when it causes pain without blisters. If that is what u have i would b suprised? Gd luck. ...Read more
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