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How long does an outbreak of genital herpes to clear up with out medication? I was told that mine was too advanced into the outbreak for medication..

How long does an outbreak of genital herpes to clear up with out medication? I was told that mine was too advanced into the outbreak for medication..

Two weeks.: First episodes usually last a few weeks. Recurrent episodes are generally shorter. Meds don't shorten these periods by much and must be started early in the course to be effective at all. ...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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How long does it take for genital herpes outbreak to clear up when taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Everyone isdifferent: If you start the medication right at the first sign of an outbreak (tingling/burning/pain/feverish) you have a better chance of a quick clearing. Usual time frame for the blisters to turn into scabs and then the scabs to heal is 5-12 days. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take medicine for genital herpes? I rarely have genital herpes outbreaks. Would I still benefit from taking medication? .

Your decision: There are medications for outbreaks, to be taken "as needed." and there are medications that can be dosed for prevention of recurrence. If you don't get many outbreaks, you may benefit form the former option. A good discussion between you and your dr. Would go a long way, and you can decide on the best plan for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mate has genital herpes but is taking the medication neccesary for break outs. What actions and precautions can we take if trying to conceive?

My mate has genital herpes but is taking the medication neccesary for break outs. What actions and precautions can we take if trying to conceive?

Herpes: Even people taking continuous medication to prevent outbreaks may still have outbreaks. If your partner has any pre-lesion symptoms such as burning or tingling, avoid sex. Also, during the times of your cycle when you aren't fertile, use a condom. You may want to use ovulation prediction kits to know when unprotected sex needed. ...Read more

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How long does the medication acyclovir start working? What can I do to get rid of genital herpes fully?

How long does the medication acyclovir start working? What can I do to get rid of genital herpes fully?

No cure yet!: Once infected, the virus remains in the body for life. Recurrent infections (outbreaks) may occur from time to time, especially in times when the immune system is stressed and weakened. Outbreaks become less severe and more sporadic with time, and some people will have no symptoms but will still be contagious. Antivirals can reduce viral shedding and alleviate the severity of symptomatic episodes. ...Read more

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Been married 4 years. No cheating. If I test positive for genital herpes in blood test, is it worth it to take medication if we are asymptomatic?

No, don't: Antibodies to genital herpes do not mean that you have an active infection. Frequently, old serological tests cannot distinguish between hsv1 and 2. Its a possibility that you have an infection that is silent and can transmit virus. So, be cautious and use protection during intercourse. ...Read more

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Had my first genital herpes outbreak recently, cleared up now thanks to medication, but still itchy? Thrush (as I'm prone) or to do with herpes?

Had my first genital herpes outbreak recently, cleared up now thanks to medication, but still itchy? Thrush (as I'm prone) or to do with herpes?

Herpes simplex: Without an exam impossible to know, but yeast infection usually accompanied by discharge and/or a rash, whereas herpes can sometimes present with itching which is a subliminal form of pain. ...Read more

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I got genital herpes about a month ago. I took the medication for it. Seems to have cleared up, but when I swallow I still feel my lymph node. HIV?

I got genital herpes about a month ago. I took the medication for it. Seems to have cleared up, but when I swallow I still feel my lymph node. HIV?

Sounds normal: If lymph node enlargement in the groin is improved and no longer painful, all is OK. It can take months for nodes to return to normal, and some enlargement may persist forever. HIV doesn't causes node enlargement in just one area of the body -- usually several, like both sides of neck, armpits, groin, etc. But still a good idea to be checked; HIV and HSV2 sometimes are transmitted together. ...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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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?

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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How long it takes the primary infection for genital herpes to heal?

Some 2 weeks...: Its natural course may take 2-3 weeks to heal, but valacyclovir may shorten its course.

Topically, keep the affected area as clean and dry as possible.

See doctor timely. ...Read more

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How long does it take for genital herpes scabs to go away?

Herpes simplex: This is highly variable, as is the duration of active lesions. If they are not going away within a week or two of disappearance of the symptoms, check with your doctor and have them examine these. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an outbreak of genital herpes. To occur after exposure?

How long does it take for an outbreak of genital herpes. To occur after exposure?

2 to 12 days, but--: If someone hasn't been exposed to herpes before, it may take about 2 to 12 days to have an outbreak once exposure occurs. However, a person can become infected without showing any symptoms, becoming a carrier. In this case an outbreak may never occur, or perhaps it will happen many years later. ...Read more

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Is genital herpes cureable? How long will it take? My HIV test was found negative.

Is genital herpes cureable? How long will it take? My HIV test was found negative.

Unfortunately,: "herpes is forever" is all too true. On a brighter note, it can be successfully suppressed with anti-viral drugs, either with each flare, if infrequent, or with long-term suppression. Since herpes lesions compromise the integrity of skin/mucous membranes, it puts you at greater risk for acquiring hiv. Thus, always use protection & practice safe sex. See pcp for rx for anti-viral meds. ...Read more

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How long it takes the primary infection for the genital herpes to heal in woman? Dose it crust in peel?

How long it takes the primary infection for the genital herpes to heal in woman? Dose it crust in peel?

Herpes simplex: Primary infections are generally more severe than recurrences and may last up to 10-14 days, although have seen cases more prolonged than that. Yes, it will crust and scab over as it heals. Do not scrape off the crusting. It will heal in time. ...Read more

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If you gave genital herpes on penis, and receive oral sex will that person contract herpes? If so how long will it take to show up

If you gave genital herpes on penis, and receive oral sex will that person contract herpes? If so how long will it take to show up

Likely your partner: Will contract oral herpes whether or not there are active lesions. Symptoms may appear within 7-10 days from time of exposure. Http://www. Herpes. Com/hsv1-2.html http://www. Ehow. Com/about_5102051_herpes-simplex. Html#page=6. ...Read more

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If my partner had a genital herpes breakout and I gave her oral sex how long would it take for me to show symptoms on my mouth area?

If my partner had a genital herpes breakout and I gave her oral sex how long would it take for me to show symptoms on my mouth area?

It all depends...: It is all up to your immune system. Many people get to resist the virus and don't get infected even when they came in contact with it, others carry the virus with no symptoms for a long time (even years), and others can develop symptoms few days later after contact (3-6 days). ...Read more

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Even though I take acyclovir for genital herpes will it affect my pregnancy in the long run?

Acyclovir: Appears to be safe in pregnancy. No data to suggest that you will have adverse outcome. But as you know, everyone is different. Speak with your Ob/gyn to closely monitor you for any side effect. ...Read more

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I'm a girl with genital herpes. As long as my partner use a condom and I take my medicine will it be ok to have sex?

I'm a girl with genital herpes. As long as my partner use a condom and I take my medicine will it be ok to have sex?

Not always: If you have herpes lesions present, you are infectious. A condom will not prevent it because herpes lesions is usually on the skin. Herpes is spread via skin to skin contact, not semen or vaginal fluid. Even if you don't see or feel lesions, you may still have them and could infect your partner. Your risk of that is much lower though. ...Read more

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Can a medication be used to treat both oral and genital herpes?

Yes: While there are no medications that cure herpes, there are medications that can help decrease the outbreaks and the severity of symptoms. There are antiviral pills (ie. Valtrex) and creams (ie. Zovirax) that can be helpful. Also some otc meds such as abreva and l-lysine may provide some benefit for both oral and genital herpes. ...Read more

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I discovered I had genital herpes 3weeks ago and I got some medication and I finished them and now it's back what should I do?

Treat it again: Ask your doctor about another round of treatment, e.g. 5-10 days. Or you could start daily ongoing treatment to reduce outbreak frequency and also reduce the risk of transmission to sex partner (s). But it's often best to wait longer (several months) before starting suppressive Rx to judge the recurrence rate. An early recurrence like this doesn't necessarily mean such frequent outbreaks in future. ...Read more

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Once on medication, do herpes 1 genital herpes get worse before it gets better? I started the medication once the lesions were already there. I

It is best to treat: herpes when initial symptoms (before blisters appear) like burning, itching, pain starts, then it shortens the course and can prevent the blisters from forming. Once lesions are present, taking pills may only shorten blister duration by a day or two ...Read more

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I have always been extremely sensitive down there but 3 weeks ago I found out I had genital herpes. I was put on medication and all the sores have hea?

Herpes: I am not sure what you are asking. Can you reread your question and clarify.

But, here is the latest on genital herpes. 90% of people infected with this virus do not have outbreaks and often do not know they are infected and contagious. If you have a recurrent outbreak soon after the treated outbreak heals you may need to be on medication daily. You and your partners need the blood test! ...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