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How long can recurrent genital herpes sores last max? Not sure of status but have isolated red bumps on thighs with hairs attached for week or two.

How long can recurrent genital herpes sores last max? Not sure of status but have isolated red bumps on thighs with hairs attached for week or two.

Not herpes: Recurrent herpes usually lasts 7-10 days and probably always heals within 2 weeks. Butr regardlesss of how long they last, genital herpes is not a likely cause of "isolated red bumps on thighs", and for sure isn't the cause of such problems associated with hairs. No worries about herpes. ...Read more

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How long does it take for genital herpes sores to heal and go away ? Have been taking anti viral medication but the sores are very sore

How long does it take for genital herpes sores to heal and go away ? Have been taking anti viral medication but the sores are very sore

Some 2-3 weeks...: The natural course of genital herpes is about 2+ to 3 weeks for average healthy persons in assuming no significant additional inflammation, i.e., cellulitis. Anti-viral drug can shorten its course by some 45% if taking in within 24 hours of its onset which begins with local hypersensitivity followed with blisters at the same location. Now, just keep the area as clean & dry as possible + pain med? ...Read more

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Could genital herpes sores change over time?

Could genital herpes sores change over time?

Yes: Genital herpes sores can change over time, generally lessening in severity of symptoms, area of involvement, and rapidity of improvement with each outbreak. ...Read more

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How long until genital herpes symptoms show up?

How long until genital herpes symptoms show up?

Usually 3-10 days: Symptoms of a new genital herpes infection -- usually red bumps that rapidly become blisters then open sores -- usually start within 3-5 days of exposure, sometimes up to 10 days, rarely as long as 2-3 weeks. Often there also are inflammed lymph nodes in the groin, and sometimes fever and headache. However, some new infections cause no symptoms at all, until there is a future recurrent outbreak. ...Read more

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Can i feel it when my genital herpes sores break?

You might not: be aware when a herpetic blister ruptures. ...Read more

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What are the short- and long-term symptoms of genital herpes?

Herpes simplex: Once you get this virus it stays with you for life. The first exposure may not produce any symptoms, or can be so severe that the patient is incapacitated. It produces blister lesions which itch, hurt and break down into shallow painful tender ulcers, and may be accompanied by fever, malaise, etc. Long-term it may cause recurrence of genital lesions and may produce viral meningitis. ...Read more

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How big are genital herpes sores? What are they filled with?

How big are genital herpes sores?  What are they filled with?

Herpes: Usually appear as small, few to several in number, redish blister-like bumps. They contain the virus.You can google pictures of that is helpful. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for genital herpes to appear?

How long is it supposed to it take for genital herpes to appear?

Few days or...: A percentage of people that contract herpes never have an outbreak. Or they may become infected, and experience their first outbreak months or years after exposure. After initial exposure, some people experience flu-like symptoms, and within a few days begin to notice blister formation on the mouth or genital area. It truly varies from person to person. Could be a few days to a few years! ...Read more

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Is it likely genital herpes can be spread when there are no sores?

Possible.: Depends how active the virus is. You may not see or feel certain signs or symptoms. Protection and or prophylactic should be used in addition to antiviral medications. ...Read more

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What short and long term symptoms are associated with genital herpes?

See below: The major acute problem is pain with uslcers like you have on the face as well. Long term most people feel there are not other effects some have reprted that if you also have a high risk hpv that the herpes may make the cervical dysplasia more agrressive. ...Read more

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If you contract genital herpes, how long does it usually take to have symptoms?

Difficult to say: Some people contact herpes and never have an outbreak. Some contact herpes and it may take years for some and months for others. Typically it can appear in a few weeks. Here's a great link to information about herpes: http://health.Nytimes.Com/health/guides/disease/herpes-simplex/print.Html. ...Read more

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If you contract genital herpes, how long does it usually take for symptoms to show?

If you contract genital herpes, how long does it usually take for symptoms to show?

Some 2-10 days...: Exposure to STD does not mean contracting it; contracting it does not mean developing its symptoms. This fact reflects personal integrity of 2 lines of protection, i.e., external natural barrier-skin & mucosa and internal humoral immune defense. The usually timing for genital herpes to manifest is about 2-10 days after exposure. ...Read more

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When u get genital herpes why I get this fishy odor is it from the sores or something else?

Bacterial Vaginosis: Sometimes disturbances to the natural bacteria in your vagina (douching, irregular bleeding, unprotected sex, etc) can allow abnl bacteria like Gardnerella to overgrow and cause a fishy odor. It's not sexually transmitted, but can be treated w/ Metronidazole(Flagyl)/Clindamycin/Boric Acid. See your GYN for a prescription and be examined for other potential causes. Nothing urgent/dangerous though. ...Read more

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How long after getting genital herpes is it still possible to spread it to other parts of your body?

How long after getting genital herpes is it still possible to spread it to other parts of your body?

Herpes: This does not usually happen, although it is conceivable if you become immune suppressed. ...Read more

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What can I use to lessen the pain of genital herpes? The sores are open and it hurts to clean. Help!

What can I use to lessen the pain of genital herpes? The sores are open and it hurts to clean. Help!

See details: You need to be on a medication that will specifically treat the outbreak. The meds you are currently taking have no benefit for this issue. ...Read more

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How to know if one has genital herpes ONLY not oral if there were never sores or lesions on genitals?

Blood test: There are blood tests for both HSV 1 and 2. Genital infection is usually caused by HSV 2. Lack of genital lesions does not rule out HSV 2 infection. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for proper testing. ...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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

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