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

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.

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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Do herpes sores ever just disappear randomly or do they scab over and take awhile to go away?

Do herpes sores ever just disappear randomly or do they scab over and take awhile to go away?

Yes: Gradual resolution, but possible recurrence of shingles or cold sores! The virus is active and surfaces periodically.

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When is a cold sore no longer contagious? I know herpes is always there but when is a lesion "safe"? Is it after the scab has fallen off?

When is a cold sore no longer contagious? I know herpes is always there but when is a lesion "safe"? Is it after the scab has fallen off?

Never for sure: There is no way to tell for sure. Some people shed the virus all the time, even when they do not have a cold sore, while cold sores are most contagious when they are oozing fluid, the virus can be transmitted to others even during times when you have no blisters.

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Do I still need to be on Valtrex (valacyclovir) once the herpes blisters turned to scabs?

Do I still need to be on Valtrex (valacyclovir) once the herpes blisters turned to scabs?

No: 2 ways to treat this. Take a pill every day for years to prevent attacks. Take a dose at the first tingling which preceeds an attack. 1 or 2 doses only, not effective unless taken immediatly at first symptoms. If it is the very first acute infection, the take for 10 days. If you have shingles- a different virus- take for 7 days.

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I have a rash on my inner thigh. It is unilateral, not painful, not itchy but has come up with lesions and scabs. Herpes? Or something else?

I have a rash on my inner thigh. It is unilateral, not painful, not itchy but has come up with lesions and scabs. Herpes? Or something else?

Herpes? Shingles?: If "lesions" means blisters or sores and rash is recent (a few days) and not long lasting, I would be more suspicious of herpes zoster (shingles). Genital herpes also is possible. Or a simple allergic reaction, or any of several other kinds if dermatitis. Earlier makes diagnosis easier and is very important for successful treatment of either herpes or shingles, so see a doctor ASAP.

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Do herpes outbreaks always blister? Is it possible to have burning and itching from jock itch and after scratching scabs form?

Do herpes outbreaks always blister? Is it possible to have burning and itching from jock itch and after scratching scabs form?

Yes and yes: Genital herpes lesions are usually vesicles which are small blisters. They then rupture to form superficial ulcers and scabs which eventually heal. Oral herpes lesions less often form blisters and crust and scab sooner. Jock itch or tinea cruris usually causes a red inching rash in the inner groin near the scrotum in males. If you scratch it can bleed and form scabs.

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I have had a rough patch on my lip for a couple of months. It feels like tiny scabs/dots on my upper lip. I don't have herpes. Blistex doesn't help.

I have had a rough patch on my lip for a couple of months. It feels like tiny scabs/dots on my upper lip. I don't have herpes. Blistex doesn't help.

See a doctor: Without the ability to examine this it is impossible to diagnose. Go and see someone. A couple of months is long enough to ignore it. Get diagnosed and treated if necessary.

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I recently had some weird red spots on my penis head like dry scabs and just there. I looked up herpes pictures and it looks nothing to what I have.

I recently had some weird red spots on my penis head like dry scabs and just there. I looked up herpes pictures and it looks nothing to what I have.

Penile lesions: Herpes usually presents with vesicular rash commonly referred as blisters. Those are usually painful and the skin they crop on is somewhat red. Dry lesions are not herpes but need to be looked at to establish the diagnosis.

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Blisters from a herpes outbreak in groin area turned into scabs that fell off during a hot shower. Had red marks now for a week. When will they heal?

Blisters from a herpes outbreak in groin area turned into scabs that fell off during a hot shower. Had red marks now for a week. When will they heal?

Healing herpes: Sometimes redness from skin inflammation or infection can take several weeks to months to resolve. Unfortunately there is no good way of shortening that time.

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Evry yr my top lip foes on stages of flares up, scabs, itch, peels and still flared Doctor said it's not herpes, it's not alergy either as one thought?

Evry yr my top lip foes on stages of flares up, scabs, itch, peels and still flared Doctor said it's not herpes, it's not alergy either as one thought?

Likely allergy: If it itches, it is more likely to be from an allergy= most likely contact allergy. I suspect that some oral preparations may be the cause. Consider consulting an allergist.

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Cluster of white bumps on inside lower lip, ear pain, fever, headache, slight congestion, scabs on lower lip close to the opening. Is this herpes?

Cluster of white bumps on inside lower lip, ear pain, fever, headache, slight congestion, scabs on lower lip close to the opening. Is this herpes?

You need an exam: Herpes has a classic look that can best be identified by seeing a healthcare provider. They can also test the bumps as well. Usually the bumps associated with Herpes are very painful.

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4 tiny red spots on penis that had really tiny scabs and disappeared in 3 days. No blisters or ulcers. Could these be genital herpes? No known status.

4 tiny red spots on penis that had really tiny scabs and disappeared in 3 days. No blisters or ulcers. Could these be genital herpes? No known status.

Herpes simplex: Herpetic lesions are usually vesicles (blisters) and are often quite painful and tender. These do not sound like Herpes, but the only way to be sure is to go and be checked.

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No STD or herpes, but 4 or 5 red bumps in vaginal and anal area that burn when urinating. Also like 5 scabs on lower butt cheeks. Itchiness also.?

No STD or herpes, but 4 or 5 red bumps in vaginal and anal area that burn when urinating. Also like 5 scabs on lower butt cheeks. Itchiness also.?

Red itchy bumps: You may have some other infection e.g. a yeast infection and or possibly a scabies or pubic lice infestation. You need to be checked for these problems, especially if you are having a pubic lice problem or scabies that tend to burrow into the skin around these areas.

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Is herpes as contagious in the scab stage as any other stage?

Herpes: It is still contagious although when there are vesicles with fluid in them it is more contagious.