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Herpes Testing Without Outbreak
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
See a dermatologist: You may have hsv1 + hsv2. There are prescription and otc remedies promoted but they are all a waste of money. Prescription pills are very effective. You need advise on what this means to you as well as your contacts. It is not likely that you will get what you need unless you see a dermatologist or perhaps an infectious disease specialist. Although there is extensive knowledge about this, most phy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Visually diagnosed : The test is visual inspection.Get a more detailed answer ›
Initial no 2nd, yes: Initial exposure with lesions will be evident within 2 weeks. Secondary recurrence can lay dormant for long periods of time before reemerging. ...Read more
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Have wrong info. Herpes 1 IgG positive. Herpes II IgG indeterminate. How is herpes 1 transmitted via flu or cold sores stress?
Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex is transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual.Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin or mucous membrane contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable method of preventing transmission of herpes, but they merely reduce rather than eliminate risk. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: The duration of symptoms with an outbreak is 7-10 days with a range of 2 to 21 days, but those outside values are unusual. Yes they will clear without medication, and unless the medication is begun orally at the time of onset of symptoms the meds will not likely change the duration of symptoms. ...Read more
Yes, but less so: All those infected with either herpes simplex 1 or 2 (oral/genital) constantly shed the virus & can give it to someone without an active lesion. However, you are more likely to get it when there is an active lesion since there is a higher level of the virus being shed. Most people acquire hsv1 but rarely or never have sores. There are meds your md or dmd can give to reduce freuency & severity. ...Read more
Herpes: What is genital herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (std) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (hsv-1) or type 2 (hsv-2). Most genital herpes is caused by hsv-2. Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from hsv-1 or hsv-2 infection. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. ...Read more
Since herpes "shed" with no outbreak can't providers do oral swabs and vaginal cultures without an outbreak to diagnose or rule out herpes 1 or 2?
Not practical...: If neither the patient nor the doctor can guess when the patient is shedding (on which, if any, of the 365 days of the year is the patient shedding?), it is not practical to try to catch shed viruses, if the patient doesn't have outbreaks. What if the patient has had both herpes 1 and 2, but rarely sheds either? Such things in real life are not predictable. ...Read more
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