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Doctor insights on: Herpes Simplex Related Erythema

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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I've had erythema multiforme for 20 months now. Doctors not being very helpful. Likely not herpes simplex. What should I do?

I've had erythema multiforme for 20 months now. Doctors not being very helpful. Likely not herpes simplex. What should I do?

Still maybe herpes: As you seem to know, erythema multiforme can be triggered by recurrent HSV infections. But "likely not" is pretty vague. If there is no other explanation, ask your doctor about anti-HSV treatment (e.g. valacyclovir) to see if it helps. The drug is harmless, so why not try? You also should have an HSV blood test, even though such testing is (wrongly) deemphasized in Canada. See a dermatolgist. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1?

What is herpes simplex type 1?

Cold sores: Hsv ! is the name for cold sores that commonly occur on the lips. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1 from?

What is herpes simplex type 1 from?

DNA virus: Hs type 1 is produced by a dna virus that commonly passes in the oral secretions or from direct contact with the skin. It is most commonly identified in "cold sores" which are actually a reactivation of a previous hs1 infection. ...Read more

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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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How can you tell you have herpes simplex?

How can you tell you have herpes simplex?

Painful sore: Usually a blister, starting with a feverish feeling going to a sore usually a whitish center with red perimeter usually painful and will last 10-14 day. ...Read more

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Am i in danger of passing on herpes simplex?

Yes: Herpes simplex 1 and 2 virus infections are spread from person to person by direct contact with a lesion or with infected secretions. ...Read more

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In what way is herpes simplex (oral) transmitted?

Herpes Simplex Virus: The herpes simplex virus-1 is most often the cause of cold sores. It can be spread to the mouth or lips through activities like kissing. It can spread to the genitals by mouth to genital contact or genital to genital contact. However, herpes simplex virus -2 can be spread to the mouth/ oral area. ...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


Red Skin (Definition)

Red skin is a symptom in which part or all of a person's skin is redder than normal. Redness is usually caused by increased blood (red colored) in the reddened area. Increased blood flow can be due to allergies, inflammation, infection, hormonal changes, nerve problems, ...Read more