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Will I get genital herpes more often from a partner who has bad outbreaks?

Will I get genital herpes more often from a partner who has bad outbreaks?

Unclear: If you are asking whether your outbreaks will be more frequent because your partner's episodes are, the answer is not likely. The frequency of outbreaks appears to be primarily related to your own immune system. Once you get this virus it stays in your body the rest of your life, making its appearance periodically for reasons which are not always clear, but often involve stress. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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I feel like I need to pee really bad, but can't! I had sex yesterday.. I was tested positive for genital herpes 1-2 months ago. I'm scared...

I feel like I need to pee really bad, but can't! I had sex yesterday.. I was tested positive for genital herpes 1-2 months ago. I'm scared...

UTI: Sounds like it may be "honeymoon cystitis" causing urgency after sex. Please see your PCP for urinalysis and antibiotic treatment. If miserable, you can take OTC Azo, but then a culture may be necessary because urine dipstick becomes useless with the discoloration of the urine from the drug. Cranberry capsules are thought to prevent biofilms of bacteria from forming on the bladder wall. Drink H2O. ...Read more

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Herpes i was diagnosed with genital herpes about three yrs ago. And now I have had a break out of like blisters all the way across my lips top and bottom my lip is so swollen and hurting and looks awful and it hurts bad is this apart of having genital her

Herpes i was diagnosed with genital herpes about three yrs ago. And now I have had a break out of like blisters all the way across my lips top and bottom my lip is so swollen and hurting and looks awful and it hurts bad is this apart of having genital her

Herpes : Herpes virus type 1 or 2 can affect the mouth, genitasl, and other parts of the body for that matter. Regardless, the treatment is the same. Acyclovir will lessen the duration of the outbreak, remember the sooner you take the acyclovir, the more effective it will be. For example, some doctors advise their patients to take the medication as soon as tingling is felt in the area where outbreaks usually occur. Also, if you have more than ten outbreaks per year, ask your doctor to consider putting you on supression therapy (daily medication). Take care. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes. I have a painful large pump under my labia. It started to pus bad though. Outbreak or something else?

I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes. I have a painful large pump under my labia. It started to pus bad though. Outbreak or something else?

Genital Herpes: In general, genital herpes can cause ulcers and vesicles and pain but does not usually cause large masses that drain pus. This would be more consistent with an infected lymph node or another bacterial infection (like staph) or an STD. Would have it checked by your gynecologist ...Read more

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Im being treated for yeast infection and genital herpes. I'm hurting bad still when I pee. Can u help me get some comfort. What can I do?

Im being treated for yeast infection and genital herpes. I'm hurting bad still when I pee. Can u help me get some comfort. What can I do?

Herpes treatment: Herpes probably is the main cause of your pain, not yeast. I hope it is being properly treated with an oral drug like valacyclovir (Valtrex) or acyclovir. (The ointment is not effective.) If on oral treatment, the pain should start to improve within 2-3 days. In the meantime, an anesthetic ointment (e.g. lidocaine) may help. Sometimes it helps to urinate while sitting in a warm bath. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can acyclovir treat vestibular neuritis caused by a virus other than herpes?Is this form of herpes as bad as genital herpes? Is it contagious?

Can acyclovir treat vestibular neuritis caused by a virus other than herpes?Is this form of herpes as bad as genital herpes? Is it contagious?

NO: This is a term for what is thought to be a viral induced infection of the balance mechanism of the inner ear. It is not a specific virus is most cases. It is not treated with acyclovir. See your doctor is this problem is occurring or persistent. ...Read more

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Is getting folliculitis as bad as genital herpes? They look a like. My doctor tells me I got folliculitis but it looks like blisters.It stings to pee

Dr. Henry Ng Dr. Ng
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Is getting folliculitis as bad as genital herpes? They look a like. My doctor tells me I got folliculitis but it looks like blisters.It stings to pee

Different condition: Folliculitis is a bacterial infection of skin's hair structures and can be cured with antibiotics. Genital herpes, on the other hand, is a viral infection with HSV which can be treated with antiviral medication, but cannot be cured. ...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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more