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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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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) only for genital herpes?

Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) only for genital herpes?

No: It's also used for shingles, oral herpes (cold sores), and herpes that occurs in other areas, such as the anus or skin. ...Read more

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Oral herpes simplex virus: does carmex work?

Oral herpes simplex virus: does carmex work?

Not really: You really need an antiviral cream or oral medication to be most effective. Over the counter abreva is better than carmex. ...Read more

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How is herpes simplex virus infection treated.

How is herpes simplex virus infection treated.

Antivirals: Well it depends where your infection is but herpes is treatable with antiviral medication such as acyclovir. It doesn't cure you of the virus, but it does shorten the duration of the attacks. ...Read more

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Which is best for herpes: acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir?

Which is best for herpes:  acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir?

All can work: All can work. Some experts feel the newer agents and especially valcyclovir are better, but each can help. The choice depends on several factors - how often someone wants to or can take the med, for example. The main issue is usually cost and whether one or the other is covered by insurance. If not coverage, Acyclovir is much cheaper. ...Read more

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Genital herpes simplex virus 1 and carmex, what to do?

Yes: No contra-indication but cannot be shared with another person. ...Read more

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What is herpes labialis?

Viral infection: Herpes is a viral infection that spreads from person to person by direct contact. It causes small red sores that break open and then heal. The virus then stays in the body in the area where the sores were. It spreads easiest when there are open sores but can still spread even when you can't see anything on the skin. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1, IgG antibody? Genital or oral?

What is herpes simplex type 1, IgG antibody?  Genital or oral?

Usually oral: Herpes infections are described as type i (oral /cold sores)or type ii(genital). However, either type can cause affect either location. Igg antibody detected by a blood test. & indicates one has been exposed to the virus at least several weeks prior &possibly much longer- as in years. Most people who have HSV antibody have no idea that they have herpes. ...Read more

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Taking Valtrex for shingles outbreak is it contagious?

Taking Valtrex for shingles outbreak  is it contagious?

Yes: A person with shingle sheds the same virus that causes chickenpox. You cannot transmit shingle, but if the contact has not had chickenpox or vaccination for chickenpox the contact may get chickenpox. ...Read more

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Is famvir (famciclovir) effective for cold sores?

Is famvir (famciclovir) effective for cold sores?

Yes: If taken at first sign of outbreak at adaquate dosing(1500mgm as single dose) should be sufficient. ...Read more

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Is abreva good for genital herpes?

Is abreva good for genital herpes?

Not so good: Docosanol (Abreva) has little if any effect against herpes outbreaks. It somewhat inhibits the virus in the lab, but has little benefit in shortening outbreaks. (The same is true for all creams or ointments, such as acyclovir or penciclovir, even though these are far more potent than docosanol against the virus.) Effective treatment requires oral therapy, e.g. valacyclovir or acyclovir. ...Read more

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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) or zovirax better for cold sores?

Either: I'm assuming you're talking about oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) and zovirax (not zovirax cream). Both are effective, but Valtrex (valacyclovir) is more convenient, because it doesn't have to be taken as frequently. My favorite way to treat cold sores is to have the patient take 2 grams of Valtrex (valacyclovir) at the very first sign of an outbreak, and then 2 grams 12 hours later. That two-dose course will shorten the duration of infection. ...Read more

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Could a coldsore (herpes simplex virus) lead to genital warts?

Could a coldsore (herpes simplex virus) lead to genital warts?

Viruses: Nope. Not in any way. Warts are caused by either the human papilloma virus or the molluscum virus. Herpes is not in any way related to these viruses. ...Read more

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Is capsaicin useful to treat genital herpes outbreaks?

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Is capsaicin useful to treat genital herpes outbreaks?

Not recommended: Indications for capsaicin include both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain, pain associated with inflammatory joint disease and perhaps some painful muscle conditions. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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How painful are herpes simplex blisters?

How painful are herpes simplex blisters?

Variable: Some patients have virtually no pain and others are in such pain it is difficult to sit or empty the bladder. Seek treatment early to reduce pain and speed healing. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Two Herpes: I think you may be confusing the terms and the infections. Herpes type one, infecting 75% of americans, is usually found near or on the mouth. But, it can infect any skin that it comes in contact with, including the genitals if one is not previously infected. Herpes type two, predominantly found on or near the genitals, and infecting 25% of americans can infect any skin it comes in contact with. ...Read more

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Can ammoxacillin help heal genital herpes outbreaks faster?

Can ammoxacillin help heal genital herpes outbreaks faster?

Here are some ...: Ordinary antibiotic like amoxacillin will not help heal the outbreak lesions of genital herpes except superimposed celluitis by amoxacillin sensitive bugs but that is very rare. So, don't take amoxacillin for herpex, but using anti-herpes drugs such as ancyclovir (Zovirax), which may shorten herpes course by almost 50% and lessening its recurrence. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small and painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth-to-mouth contact and to the genitals, causing genital ...Read more


Acyclovir (Definition)

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the ...Read more