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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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May have Herpes Simplex Virus developed a recurrent Herpetic Whitlow, sometimes confused with a staph infection. How can I prevent it?

May have Herpes Simplex Virus developed a recurrent Herpetic Whitlow, sometimes confused with a staph infection. How can I prevent it?

Valacyclovir: If these recurrences occur excessively frequently you may be able to extend the symptom-free duration of time by taking prophylactic valacyclovir. See your PCP and discuss with them. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have herpes simplex virus?

How do I know if I have herpes simplex virus?

Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection. ...Read more

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I am having the herpes simplex virus from the chickenpox, what to do?

I am having the herpes simplex virus from the chickenpox, what to do?

Confusing question: The varicella virus, a virus in the herpes family of dna viruses, causes chickenpox. It is in the same family as the herpes simplex virus but they are not the same. Adults with chickenpox can take antiviral meds to diminish the intensity of the illness as needed. Contact your doc. ...Read more

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Could I spread the herpes simplex virus?

Could I spread the herpes simplex virus?

If you have herpes: Simplex 1 and 2 - it is possible to spread it. ...Read more

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Do I need to take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

Do I need to take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

No: Most episodes will resolve without treatment. Treatment will hasten resolution and can prevent frequent recurrences. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I've got the herpes simplex virus or something?

See your doctor.: You need to come in and see your doctor, we can do a culture to tell for sure what you have. You need to be treated for any ulcer you may have down there! Remember you may also be infecting your partner so make sure and come in sooner then later :). ...Read more

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I had chinkenpox in my child hood will I test positive for herpes simplex virus igg?

No: You would test positive for varicella igg. But if you've ever had a cold sore, that could cause a positive herpes simplex test. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about herpes simplex virus type 2, and what I should do if I have it?

Can you tell me about herpes simplex virus type 2, and what I should do if I have it?

Hsv: There are two types of oral/genital herpes, type 1 and 2 respectively. If you believe you have either, see your physician for a culture or bloodwork. There are anibiotics that can greatly help. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the reasons HSV (herpes simplex virus) infects the human body?

I was wondering what are the reasons HSV (herpes simplex virus) infects the human body?

Exposure: It's a kind of virus that can infect anyone it encounters. There is no 'reason' why; it just is that way. ...Read more

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Any ideas why is it that I have high herpes simplex virus antibodies in my body?

Any ideas why is it that I have high herpes simplex virus antibodies in my body?

The cause: The cause of your high herpes simplex virus antibodies is simple. Your body produces antibodies to something after an infection or exposure. Most likely, you have herpes simplex. ...Read more

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Have I got the herpes simplex virus or something else if pain only the first time I saw blisters down there?

Have I got the herpes simplex virus or something else if pain only the first time I saw blisters down there?

Possibly: From your brief description it most likely is herpes. Other causes could be irritation from shaving or waxing, "diaper rash" type irriation, pimples, or other vaginal lesions. Observation by your physician should be as soon as possible so he can diagnose and treat the problem asap. ...Read more

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How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way if there is contact with contents of a herpes rash to the other body part (s). ...Read more

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Could you tell me about herpes simplex virus 1?

Could you tell me about herpes simplex virus 1?

This is a bit vague.: Herpes simplex 1: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310.

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Should you take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

Should you take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

How Severe?: Most cases of herpes simplex I will resolve within a few days without treatment. Routine use of a broad spectrum sunscreen will help prevent and reduce the frequency of episodes. If the blisters are numerous with discomfort, an oral antiviral drug may be prescribed (valacyclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir). ...Read more

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Is there evidence showing almost everyone on earth has herpes simplex virus 1?

Not exactly: More than 90% of adults have antibodies to hsv1 by the 5th decade of life. In western populations 80-100% of adults of lower socioeconomic status had antibodies compared to only 30-50% of adults in higher socioeconomic groups. ...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


Dr. Chad Levitt
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more