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Doctor insights on: Herpes Prodrome

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Can herpes prodrome last a month?

Can herpes prodrome last a month?

Not typically: When you have a herpes outbreak, the symptoms and eventual outbreak itself usually play out over the course of a couple of weeks. If this has been going on for a month, then go get checked out to figure out what else might be going on. ...Read more

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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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?

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

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Can i pop a prodrome herpes bump?

Can i pop a prodrome herpes bump?

Herpes: There is no treatment that can cure herpes. Antiviral medications can, however, prevent or shorten outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy (i.e., daily use of antiviral medication) for herpes can reduce the likelihood of transmission to partners. Do not "pop" a herpes bump as you can spread the infection. ...Read more

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How come I would sometimes get the prodrome symptoms of oral herpes but never the actual blister?

How come I would sometimes get the prodrome symptoms of oral herpes but never the actual blister?

Immunity: The varying degrees of immune mechanisms which keep herpes simplex virus in check are not fully understood. We know that some people are prone to frequent outbreaks and others have none, and some, like you, get only partial symptoms. Consider yourself fortunate. ...Read more

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I've had all the prodrome symptoms of genital herpes but nothing ever happened, no sores, nothing. Could this be something else?

I've had all the prodrome symptoms of genital herpes but nothing ever happened, no sores, nothing. Could this be something else?

Several ideas: I'll assume you've actually had herpes then? So was it pain? Tingling? And you didn't mention discharge so we'll rule that out. You can have a urine test for chlamydia and gonorrhea (but the gonorrhea would def have made you have a discharge). Chlamydia on the other hand can be silent or very very mild in guys. Can't rule out herpes either..It has a broad range of how it can express. ...Read more

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Could i be having prodrome for my initial herpes outbreak? I had sexual contact over 30 days ago. No fever over the last few days. Genitals tingle

Could i be having prodrome for my initial herpes outbreak?  I had sexual contact over 30 days ago. No fever over the last few days. Genitals tingle

Possible: Did your sexual partner have herpes? If so, the symptoms you now have could be related. Local pain ; itching, plus fever, headache, malaise, myalgias, and tender lymph nodes are more usual than "tingling." average incubation period after exposure is four days, but ranges from two to twelve days. See your doctor -- viral cultures can be done on any visible sores. ...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

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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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What are symptoms of herpes?

HERPES SYMPTOMS: I am assuming you mean herpes simplex commonly known as cold sores. Symptoms are itching and burning, blisters located mainly on the lips and face, also on the genital areas. Occasionally on the fingers, buttocks, and other areas of the skin. Highly contagious. Caused by viruses. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of herpes?

What are symptoms of herpes?

Variable: Genital herpes can cause the typical ulcers or sore but it may also present in other ways such as burning with urination, itching without discharge, vaginal irritation with mild spotting. Your doctor can do some very sensitive tests to check whether the symptoms you have are due to herpes. Check the cdc.Gov website for more information on herpes and other stis. ...Read more

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Herpes and telling a partner?

Herpes and telling a partner?

Yes?: Would you not want to know if a potential sexual partner was likely to pass sometning on to you? It is patently unethical not to tell people what the risks of interacting with you are, particularly when it comes to a lifetime of potential problems. ...Read more

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How to know if I have herpes?

How to know if I have herpes?

Med eval: Herpes simplex 2 usually is a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can appear on the penis, anus, labia or cervix ; they can spread, coalesce followed by crusting over. The fluid in the lesions is very contagious. Some people contract herpes simplex 2 without symptoms. Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which. ...Read more

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What is the caused of herpes?

What is the caused of herpes?

Virus: Herpes is caused by virus. There are two most common ones - HSV (herpes simplex virus) type 1 and type 2. There is also herpes zoster that is a known cause of chicken pox and also shingles. ...Read more

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Does herpes always have pain?

Does herpes always have pain?

No : Both type 1 and type 2 herpes simplex as well as herpes zoster can manifest without pain. A little tingling is quite common however. ...Read more

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Is it painful to have herpes?

Is it painful to have herpes?

Yes : When the virus becomes active the sores can be quite painful. Oral herpes can be treated with a laser to hasten healing and eliminate the pain. ...Read more

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What causes herpes to spread?

What causes herpes to spread?

Touch: Herpes spreads by touch. There are living viruses in the sores and you can introduce the virus pretty much anywhere on your body by touch. So it's very important to wash hands well after touching the sores.

It is also spread in the saliva once you have been infected. You can spread herpes even when you aren't having any active sores. ...Read more

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How to know if you have herpes?

How to know if you have herpes?

Medical Assessment.: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril & sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain & itching. It is filled with fluid that is teaming with the Herpes Simplex virus. Herpes simplex in the genital area may cause no symptoms in some people. In others, a few weeks after being exposed to Herpes a person may develop fever, muscle aches & pains, headache & swelling of groin > ...Read more

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How would I now if I had herpes?

How would I now if I had herpes?

Had sores before: Herpes makes tiny blisters, in a cluster, very close together. Herpes blisters (vesicles) break open with some clear or yellowish fluid. The sores are painful when touched, until they heal up. One can go to a doctor if such sores occur, to get a diagnosis made. If one doesn't remember ever having such sores, a blood test can tell if he has had herpes types 1 and 2. ...Read more

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Are all types of herpes related?

Are all types of herpes related?

Yes: They are all members of the herpesvirus family. There are 8 human herpes viruses and many many different animal herpesviruses. Except for herpes b, a old world macaque virus, none of the animal herpesviruses spread to people. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of herpes?

What are the symptoms of herpes?

Depends on type!: If referring to hsv1 or hsv2 or even varicella zoster virus (hhv3) will cause a rash. All three can cause either or both pain and itching. Fever, malaise can be present as well- but not everyone gets all of these at once. A visit to your doctor is most appropriate if you think you have herpes. ...Read more

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What can be mistaken for herpes?

What can be mistaken for herpes?

Other single rashes: Herpes blisters don't look like any other rash when they are at a single location. The reddish spot that comes before the blisters may look like an early pimple trying to form. The scab that comes after the blisters may look like an old pimple trying to heal. If unsure of the diagnosis, one can just do a blood test to look for herpes antibodies. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of herpes?

Herpes simplex: For localized mucocutaneous lesions they may present as blisters which break down and form shallow very painful and tender ulcers that generally last 7-10 days. ...Read more