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Doctor insights on: How Long Does Vaginal Bleeding Associated With Genital Herpes Last

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I have genital herpes and the blisters are now bleeding. Is that normal?

I have genital herpes and the blisters are now bleeding. Is that normal?

Genital Herpes: Treatment with antiviral drugs can help people who are bothered by genital herpes outbreaks stay symptom-free longer. These drugs can also reduce the severity and duration of symptoms when they do flare up. Drug therapy is not a cure, but it can make living with the condition easier.
There are three major drugs commonly used to treat genital herpes symptoms: zovirax, famvir, and valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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Is it normal for light bleeding during intercourse after an outbreak of Genital herpes has been treated?

Is it normal for light bleeding during intercourse after an outbreak of Genital herpes has been treated?

Not necessarily: If you are bleeding from healing herpetic lesions, then it's possible. Otherwise, if you are bleeding from your vagina, this would be atypical and assume that it is unrelated to herpes. ...Read more

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Do genital herpes cause constant bleeding?

Do genital herpes cause constant bleeding?

Not usually: Although genital herpes outbreaks can certainly cause a little bleeding from the lesions, it generally is not a constant bleeding in most cases. Is this your first time with the vaginal sores? Have you had a doctor look at them and confirm genital herpes? If not you definitely need to get checked out. If it is genital herpes there are medications that can help but you need to discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes. Lots of blood and pain. How can I stop the bleeding?

I have genital herpes. Lots of blood and pain. How can I stop the bleeding?

See below: Herpes and bleeding have no direct association. There are several causes for bleeding, but you need an evaluation to determine what is the best treatment plan. ...Read more

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Do herpes cause vaginal bleeding?

Do herpes cause vaginal bleeding?

Not really: If the herpetic ulceration is really raw it can bleed but in general herpes is not a cause of significant vaginal bleeding. ...Read more

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Painful sexual intercourse, painful urge to urinate, bleeding, swelling, itching? Possible genital herpes outbreak?

Possibly herpes: These symptoms are quite typical for newly acquired genital herpes; too severe for an outbreak of recurrent herpes. New herpes is especially likely if at risk, e.g. new partner or partner known to have genital herpes. Severe urinary tract infection or other STD also are possible. Get care ASAP, the sooner the better both for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment if it's herpes. Good luck! ...Read more

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Noticing Grayish vaginal discharge as my genital herpes heal is that normal?

Noticing Grayish vaginal discharge as my genital herpes heal is that normal?

Vaginitis: Sorry to say but I think you may have more than one problem here. A grayish vaginal discharge can come from bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas, gonorrhea, chlamydia or possibly other disease. I hope u can get this checked out promptly. Remember also to always try and practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What meds to take to get rid of vaginal herpes I was diagnose with genital herpes and fishy odor will it ever go away?

What meds to take to get rid of vaginal herpes I was diagnose with genital herpes and fishy odor will it ever go away?

Herpes: Your doctor should prescribe an antiviral, like valcyclovir for the herpes. The fishy odor may be related to an infection called bacterial vaginosis, which would need antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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I've had 1 csection almost 4 years ago. I think I have genital herpes. Can I have vaginal birth without baby getting it or stick to csection?

I've had 1 csection almost 4 years ago. I think I have genital herpes. Can I have vaginal birth without baby getting it or stick to csection?

Yes: The issue is how to handle the herpes. Can be useful to go on preventative therapy in pregnancy. Very important to have an exam near delivery to make sure there are no active lesions. But most women are able to have a vaginal birth in this case from a herpes standpoint. ...Read more

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Having a genital herpes oubreak and I am due in 4 weeks. What can I do to speed up the healing so that I can delivery vaginally instead of a c-section?

Having a genital herpes oubreak and I am due in 4 weeks. What can I do to speed up the healing so that I can delivery vaginally instead of a c-section?

Medication: The herpes outbreak should be able to promptly treated with Acyclovir or Valtrex (valacyclovir). These medications are safe for use. Aftertreatment suppression therapy should be prescribed for the rest of the pregnancy ...Read more

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What can cause vaginal bleeding besides cancer of the reproductive organs and std's?

What can cause vaginal bleeding besides cancer of the reproductive organs and std's?

Vaginal bleeding: Aside menstrual cycle and what you mentioned, hormonal imbalance, uterine polyps, fibroids (benign growth) just few to mention can cause vaginal bleeding ...Read more

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Hi. Can genital herpes be detected by vaginal swabs.

Hi. Can genital herpes be detected by vaginal swabs.

Yes, if: Swabs can detect herpes in the vaginal area if the blisters are opened and the fluid is collected on a swab. Just a blind swab in the vagina if there are no blisters present is unlikely to pick up the herpes even if it is present. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a clogged gland in the vaginal area vs. Genital herpes?

How can you tell the difference between a clogged gland in the vaginal area vs. Genital herpes?

Vaginal sores: Usually herpes has associated burning pain with shallow ulcers--depressions or pits in the skin (often in crops), while a clogged gland is usually isolated, swollen and more tender to touch. Drainage and anti-biotics will relieve this while only time and anti-viral medication will help with herpes. ...Read more

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Can a woman with genital herpes give birth vaginally if she does not have any symptoms? And without suppressive medication?

Can a woman with genital herpes give birth vaginally if she does not have any symptoms? And without suppressive medication?

Here is the problem: There may still be viral shedding which could effect the baby even if she has no active lesions. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with genital herpes, can me and my boyfriend have oral sex? If he has given it to me through oral sex can we still have vaginal sex?

I've been diagnosed with genital herpes, can me and my boyfriend have oral sex? If he has given it to me through oral sex can we still have vaginal sex?

Yes: Once you have it, you have it for life. Be tested for other stds. People who have transmitted one may have more than one. ...Read more

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Can a blister on the vaginal lip be caused by friction during sex or anything else besides genital herpes?

Can a blister on the vaginal lip be caused by friction during sex or anything else besides genital herpes?

Labial ulcer: The potential for other STD lesions is present but far less common. Friction during sex would suggest you are not sufficiently lubricated and you might recognize this because of the discomfort during sex which results from lack of lubrication. Cannot, however, diagnose this without seeing it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I recently been diagnosed with genital herpes I have a huge open sore on my vaginal lip the doc gave me Valtrex (valacyclovir) but its not helping with the pain I ca?

I recently been diagnosed with genital herpes I have a huge open sore on my vaginal lip the doc gave me Valtrex (valacyclovir) but its not helping with the pain I ca?

Pain meds: An acute attack of herpes can be very painful, especially with an open sore. Aside from the tenderness of the sore itself, like any sore anywhere on the body, salty urine will burn and sting. Try urinating in the bath and use a blow dryer rather than toilet paper or a towel to cleanse yourself. Ask your doctor for pain meds. This will pass in about a week and Valtrex (valacyclovir) will help. ...Read more

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If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

Varies: Birth defects are not an issue with maternal herpes. The baby is at risk of a severe infection from the germ. The risk period begins with the opening of the bag of waters if mom is actively shedding the virus during a recognized or silent outbreak. The germ can travel into babies system & lay dormant for a while or immediately cause infection. A c-section before labor starts can avoid the risk. ...Read more

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There is 1 reddish blood like bump on my vagina. I squeeze & pull it off. It bleed a little & disappear. Is that genital herpes? My hubby lick 2 day ago

There is 1 reddish blood like bump on my vagina. I squeeze & pull it off. It bleed a little & disappear. Is that genital herpes? My hubby lick 2 day ago

Need an exam: Genital bumps and lesions are really difficult to diagnose without seeing them. Although most are benign, it's worth seeing a gynecologist to be sure that it's not herpes or some other condition. It's best to see the doctor when the lesion is most obvious, and don't pick it! ...Read more

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I got a cold sore on my lip and noticed a sore on my vagina as well. Is it normal to have both outbreaks? I am diagnosed with genital herpes

I got a cold sore on my lip and noticed a sore on my vagina as well. Is it normal to have both outbreaks? I am diagnosed with genital herpes

Probably coincidence: Most likely it's just a coincidence that both your herpes infections have had outbreaks at the same time. However, oral herpes outbreaks often are triggered by other viral infections (hence the names cold sore, fever blister). Genital HSV2 outbreaks usually have no obvious trigger, but it could happen that something has triggered both simultaneously. ...Read more

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I'm a female &have genital herpes and low risk HPV &a huge bump on my lip of vagina it smelly &stings can it be a herpe sore or warts or something els?

I'm a female &have genital herpes and low risk HPV &a huge bump on my lip of vagina it smelly &stings can it be a herpe sore or warts or something els?

Infected herpes sore: Since you have contracted the HSV and HPV, you will be prone for developing herpes lesions as well as genital warts. The lesion you are describing may be an infected herpes lesion that you may want to have examined by a health care provider. ...Read more

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Had heavy vaginal bleeding for 5 wks. Was just preg. Miscarriage can't last this long?

Had heavy vaginal bleeding for 5 wks. Was just preg. Miscarriage can't last this long?

Yes it can: You should see your doctor and have an ultrasound exam of the uterus to determine why you are bleeding so. ...Read more

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How long does the heavy vaginal bleeding last after you start taking birth control pills?

How long does the heavy vaginal bleeding last after you start taking birth control pills?

Not usual: Heavy bleeding is not typical upon starting the pill. While it is common to have some irregular or break through bleeding or is not typically heavy. Check again with your doctor to assess the uterus for any abnormalities with an ultrasound and your blood tests for clotting problems. ...Read more

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How long should vaginal bleeding after delivery last?

How long should vaginal bleeding after delivery last?

Several weeks: The normal lochia lasts for several weeks. If the woman is breast feeding the bleeding may linger much longer. ...Read more

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If you think you have a vaginal bleeding then a normal period how long should it last?

You tell us: Only you know what your periods are like and how long they last. No one on the internet will know this information about your personal menstrual cycles. ...Read more

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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

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