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Herpes Simplex Related Erythema
Yes, sometimes: Erythema multiforme minor is an allergic reaction that looks like a bad case of hives but the bumps don't go away for days. Em minor is not serious. It is usually due to medicine allergies, such as penicillins or sulfa drugs. It can also be due to a reaction to an infection such as herpes simplex. However, em major (stevens johnson rash) is serious and usually due to drug allergies, not infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 simplex: Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & Herpes Simplex 2: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/genital-herpes/basics/definition/con-20020893 ...Read more
Possibly.: Local symptoms from a herpes simplex 2 infection are usually is seen 2 to 12 days after exposure ; consists of 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. ...Read more
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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