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Herpes Simplex (Overview)

Herpes simplex is also known as Herpes. Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 usually causes genital herpes.


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What is the definition or description of: herpes simplex 1?

What is the definition or description of: herpes simplex 1?

Viral infection: Herpes simplex 1 viral infection is very common in children and presents with mouth infection, with fever, eating difficulty, and drooling. The children get better, but the virus stays dormant in the area causing recurrent fever blisters in later life. ...Read more

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Herpes Simplex (Overview)

Herpes simplex is also known as Herpes. Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 usually causes genital herpes.


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For how long does herpes simplex live outside the human body?

For how long does herpes simplex live outside the human body?

Tough to say: It is generally accepted that the virus that causes herpes simplex does not live outside of the human body long enough to be cause fomite transmission, that is transmission to another human by way of an inanimate object (such as a towel or toilet seat). ...Read more

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Living with Genital Herpes (Checklist)

Avoid sex when you have an outbreak
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease frequency of outbreaks
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease shedding the virus
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Avoid oral sex when you have fever blisters
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What are some symptoms of herpes simplex?

Mnay: First time around you may get systemic symptoms of fever, chills, malaise, an outbreak of numerous blister-like lesions on the genetalia which will rupture and leave very tender and painful ulcers which may last as long as 10-14days. The female genetalia may become swollen and tender to the point that she cannot walk. The man can develop severe swelling which may partially impede free urination. ...Read more

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Treating Cold Sores (Checklist)

See a dentist for a prescription as soon as it "tingles"
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Ask dentist about using a diode laser to help cold sore heal faster
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Don't touch it, kiss someone, or share eating utensils
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How will herpes simplex affect other parts of my health?

How will herpes simplex affect other parts of my health?

Herpes where?: Herpes simplex virus is like a squatter. Once it moves in it does not go away. Recurrent cold sores, genital lesions may occur. Rarely this virus invades the nervous system and can produce meningitis, encephalitis or meningo-encephalitis. ...Read more

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Was diagnosis with mono and herpes simplex I in scalp and have burning in back of throat and nasal passage too for 2 months is this related to diagnos?

Was diagnosis with mono and herpes simplex I in scalp and have burning in back of throat and nasal passage too for 2 months is this related to diagnos?

Maybe: herpes of the mouth is usually confined to lip areas or nasal opening "cold sores" in children it can appear in the throat mono can 'run you down' and you may be more vulnerable to infections of the throat and gums which may respond to antibiotics ...Read more

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I am 26/f unmarried. I have been diagnosed for herpes simplex syndrome two times. What precautions i need to take so that it doesn't come any more?

I am 26/f unmarried. I have been diagnosed for herpes simplex syndrome two times. What precautions i need to take so that it doesn't come any more?

Complicated: Herpes lives in your nerves forever once you first have it. You can reduce outbreaks by controlling stress and some medicaitons can prevent or lessen the severity of recurrances. Your concern should be what to do to prevent spreading it to others. Check the tips and other posts to educate yourself on how to control the disease. ...Read more

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Any blood test for herpes simplex 2?

Any blood test for herpes simplex 2?

For exposure: Blood tests for antibodies to herpes can reveal exposure to the virus but are not suitable for detemining if there is active infection. ...Read more

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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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Cold Sore (Definition)

A cold sore is a sore that develops on lips. It is caused by infection with one ...Read more


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