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How does genital herpes differ from chancroid in appearance?

How does genital herpes differ from chancroid in appearance?

Ulcers: Chancroid is characterized by painfull ulcers. It can be larger in size than herpes and deeper. Mostly herpetic infection are characterized by tiny ulcers healing within a week (if no immunosupression) in chancroid the ulcers will get larger and bigger. ...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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How can I tell if I have genital herpes or chancroid?

How can I tell if I have genital herpes or chancroid?

You cannot: See a doctor. They will be able to differentiate. ...Read more

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What's different between chancroid and genital herpes?

What's different between chancroid and genital herpes?

Chancroid vs herpes: Chancroid is an std caused by a bacterium which forms soft lumps that ulcerate. It's cured with antibiotics. (for more info see http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001659/). Herpes is a virus that causes blisters & ulcers; it can be suppressed with antiviral meds but never is completely cured & can recur when triggered by stress, etc. Both cause ulcerations. ...Read more

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What is the difference of cold sores and genital herpes appearance?

What is the difference of cold sores and genital herpes appearance?

Genital lesions...: ...Tend to be somewhat larger; other than that, the "dew drops on a rose petal" appearance is the same. ...Read more

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How do genital warts and genital herpes differ?

How do genital warts and genital herpes differ?

Very different: Genital warts look like warts anywhere else. They're flesh-colored and not fluid-filled. Herpes looks like either small blisters or shallow ulcers on a red base. In addition, herpes lesions come and go; warts just stay there. ...Read more

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Is type 1 genital herpes painful?

Here are some. ..: The page still shows this Q still unanswered although I did it. So, I repeated; HSV-1 genital herpes can cause itching, sore, and pain as that from HSV-2. More detail? To http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/49176-symptoms-type-genital-herpes/. Best wish.. ...Read more

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Why does some genital herpes hurt?

Why does some genital herpes hurt?

Nerve irritation: All forms of herpes can cause a burning stinging type of pain. Herpes viruses are stored in nerve cell bodies and when activated cause irritation of the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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What can help genital herpes symptoms?

Not much: You can be treated with antivirals which will help to shorten the duration of active lesions, and capsaicin-containing preparations will help to numb the area after the initial burning they cause, but otherwise, simple pain medications can alleviate some of the discomfort. ...Read more

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What exactly does genital herpes look like?

Usually open lesions: With redness around them, but sometimes the skin and introital region can just look red with no lesions, please see your gyn asap for an exam and culture. ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes if you're a virgin?

Can you get genital herpes if you're a virgin?

It depends: This depends in part on what you mean by "virgin". Oral sex can transmit herpes (due to herpes simplex virus type 1, i.e. HSV1). If you consider yourself a virgin after having only oral sex, but no penile penetration into the vagina, you can get herpes as a virgin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of genital herpes?

Can you tell me the symptoms of genital herpes?

Often none.: Many people have little or no symptoms most of the time. When symptoms do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take two to four weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Can I deliver naturally if I have genital herpes?

Can I deliver naturally if I have genital herpes?

Maybe: If you don't have any blisters, or the sensation that comes on before they erupt, you may be able to deliver vaginally if your doctor is comfortable that you're clear. Occasionally, you can take medicine prior to delivery to suppress outbreaks and help prevent passing herpes to your child. ...Read more

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Where did genital herpes start in the first place?

Where did genital herpes start in the first place?

Not known: How any virus came into existence is not well understood. ...Read more

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How to know if I gave my boyfriend genital herpes?

Maybe: The only manifestation of genital herpes is a cold sore or a non-healing abrasion (scratch) on the genitalia. A blood test for the herpes virus is also an option ...Read more

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What can you do to keep from getting genital herpes?

What can you do to keep from getting genital herpes?

Avoid touching virus: The way to avoid genital herpes is to avoid the virus. On an individual basis, that means no sexual contact with "sores" or possible "sores". Extra safety means using condoms even if one partner is "ok today" but has sores off and on. One with frequent sores can ask a doctor for antiviral preventive medicine. On a community-wide basis, fewer partners per person drops the number of infected people. ...Read more

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Can u contact genital herpes when wearing a condemn?

Possibly: It's possible, depending on where the partner's herpes lesion is that you may come in contact with, but condoms will greatly reduce the risk. ...Read more

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What is a good way to check if I have genital herpes?

What is a good way to check if I have genital herpes?

Exam and blood test: A blood test can tell if you have antibodies to HSV 1 and/or HSV 2. If positive, you have HSV in your nerve roots, but both viruses can be either oral or genital. An exam by the doctor when you are having sxs of an ulcer, itching, or burning can verify if the location is genital. A swab can be done for a PCR test of an active lesion, but swabs are not 100% accurate. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's hard living with genital herpes?

Please advise if it's hard living with genital herpes?

It can be: While genital herpes is not a significant cause for morbidity or mortality in this country, it can be difficult to live with because of certain social stigmas that are placed on those who have been diagnosed with genital herpes. Fortunately there are support groups out there or informative professionals, such as your doctor, who can help you through any problems along the way. ...Read more

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What effects do genital herpes have on my overall health?

Generally not much: Genital herpes generally has little effect on a patient's physical health, but may impact them psychologically due to the perception of having a sexually transmitted infection. Rare patients with underlying diseases may experience more serious effects from herpes. ...Read more

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How many people in the united states have genital herpes?

50 million: More than all other stds combined, according to cdc data. (likely because hsv is lifelong). ...Read more

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What causes the same or similar symptoms as genital herpes?

What causes the same or similar symptoms as genital herpes?

...: In the us, amongst sexually active people the most common causes of genital ulcers are herpes and syphilis. Less common causes are chancroid and donovanosis. Non-infectious causes can include fixed drug reaction and behcet's. A visit to the doctor can help determine the cause and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What protection should I use if my partner has genital herpes?

Avoid Direct Contact: Genital herpes is essentially spread by direct contact with an infectious area. It is very common and easy spread. Genital herpes can be spread even if you or your partner don't see any sores - orally or genitally. Valtrex (valacyclovir) has been shown to reduce, not eliminate the risk for asymptomatic transmission. Condoms can help but contact outside of the condom covered areas can result in infection. ...Read more

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Could you get your genital herpes to other parts of the body?

Could you get your genital herpes to other parts of the body?

Very unlikely: Transfer of an HSV infection from the area first involved to another area is called auto-inoculation. It sometimes occurs during the first infection, i.e. within several weeks of catching the virus. After that, the immune system prevents auto-inoculation. If someone has had genital or oral herpes more than a few months, it is very unlikely s/he will ever self infect other places on the body. ...Read more

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How did genital herpes start in the first place? Who had it first?

Adam: This virus (herpes) is the most well adapted to our body of any I know of. It seldom kills but can linger in our bodies for decades. An attack of 'shingles" a new eruption of chicken-pox as an adult is often very painful and persistant problem. ...Read more

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What to do if I discovered out I have genital herpes, please help!!!!!!!?

HSV1 or HSV2?: Find a doctor with expertise in herpes. Often the best expertise is at a public health STD clinic or an infectious diseases specialist. It's very important for you to know which HSV type you have, HSV1 or HSV2. Frequency of outbreaks, transmission to new partners, and need for ongoing treatment are much greater for genital herpes caused by HSV2 compared with HSV1. ...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


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Chancroid (Definition)

It is a sexually transmitted, acute, ulcerative disease of the vulva. It is painful. It is caused by the bacteria haemophilus ducreyi. The incubation period is short 3-6 days. The initial lesion is small, but evolves over the next 2-3 days into the ulcer. The ulcers are painful, and can ...Read more