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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & ...Read more


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Can you tell me is herpes simplex and herpes zoster different?

Can you tell me is herpes simplex and herpes zoster different?

Yes: Herpes simplex is different than herpes zoster, but share similarities as they are in the same family of viruses. ...Read more

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How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

How can we identify a Herpes zoster patient?

Herpes zoster: Shingles occurs in people with history of prior chicken pox. Can occur many years after chicken pox when the persons immune system gets weak. The lesions are usually blisters that follow a single dermatome and does not cross the mid line of the body ...Read more

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How can I treat genital herpes?

How can I treat genital herpes?

...: Genital herpes can be treated with several different medications including acyclovir, Famciclovir and valacyclovir. Treatment can be offered as the outbreaks occur. But if someone has multiple frequent outbreaks, consideration can be given to suppressive therapy (i.e. Take medication daily to prevent outbreaks). Talk to your doctor about your options. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is herpes simplex keratitis treated?

Can you tell me how is herpes simplex keratitis treated?

HSV Keratitis: There is variation depending on which layer in the cornea is involved. But generally, an antiviral medication is used, either in oral form or drop form. Steroid drops are used if deeper layers of the cornea are inflamed. The virus is never eliminated, so with multiple episodes of keratitis, a preventative dose of antiviral is continued to reduce future episodes. Good luck. ...Read more

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Herpes stomatitis. How to help cure?

Herpes stomatitis. How to help cure?

Acyclovir: Or valacyclovir. This antiviral compound can be effective in reducing the duration of acute herpetic outbreaks and in limiting the frequency of recurrences. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between primary intraoral herpes simplex, recurrent intraoral herpes and canker sores?

How can you tell the difference between primary intraoral herpes simplex, recurrent intraoral herpes and canker sores?

Herpes simplex: Intraoral herpetic lesions are small blisters that ulcerate and often present in clusters. More commonly on lips. Canker sores intraoral lesions, somewhat larger than herpetic lesions. Hard to know if you have primary vs recurrent herpes, although primary outbreaks are commonly more severe. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how contagious is herpes simplex 1?

Herpses: great link for info on herpes 1 & 2 http://www.webmd.com/genital-herpes/pain-management-herpes Good luck. ...Read more

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How to know it is shingles or genital herpes?

How to know it is shingles or genital herpes?

Dermatomal Rash: Generally shingles follow a dermatomal path meaning follow the path of a spinal nerve exiting the spine. Genital herpes stays around the mouth, groin and rectal areas mostly. There are always exceptions to the rule but this should help distinguish the two most of the time. ...Read more

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Don?T understand how can you spread genital herpes?

Don?T understand how can you spread genital herpes?

Contact: Herpes is a virus and is spread by contact, either with fingers or other body parts. Kissing, oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, touching, etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is herpes simplex 1 contagious without an outbreak?

Can you tell me is herpes simplex 1 contagious without an outbreak?

Yes: The risk of contagiousness is highest during an outbreak, however there may be viral shedding without an outbreak. This makes it possible to spread herpes without an outbreak. Always use protection! ...Read more

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How can you treat lichen simplex chronicus?

How can you treat lichen simplex chronicus?

Steroids: Topical or intralesional steroids, emollients, antihistamines, covering the areas to prevent itching so that the areas decrease in thickness. ...Read more

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How to treat a coxsackie virus infection on genitals?

How to treat a coxsackie virus infection on genitals?

See dr: How do you know it's a coxsackie virus? I would strongly suggest seeing your gynecologist to properly evaluate and treat any rash or concerns in the genital area. ...Read more

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What can heal a herpes outbreak?

What can heal a herpes outbreak?

Time: And if used early in the outbreak, oral antivirals can help. ...Read more

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How can people get herpes simplex?

How can people get herpes simplex?

HSV - 1 ; 2: The herpes simplex virus-1 is most often the cause of cold sores. It can be spread to the mouth or lips through activities like kissing. It can spread to the genitals by mouth to genital contact or genital to genital contact. Herpes simplex virus -2 can be spread through vaginal, anal ; oral sex. ...Read more

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How do you treat lichen simplex chronicus?

Where?: See a dermatologist. Usual treatment is high potency topical steroid except on face or genital or in folds of skin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is herpes simplex infection deadly?

Can you tell me is herpes simplex infection deadly?

Dreaded Herpes (HSV): That depends. If your immune systems intact hsv is usually an annoyance. Rarely it can get into the brain ; cause encephalitis in wh/case it is very deadly. Needs aggressive tx w/high doses of IV antiviral agents ; even if successful can leave long term c/o. In people w/altered immunity (cancers, late hiv, transplants) hsv can be very deadly (disseminate, super infect w/bact, resistant infn). ...Read more

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How to cure blisters created by herpes zoster?

How to cure blisters created by herpes zoster?

Herpes zoster: If a person is breaking out with shingles (herpes zoster reactivation) there is internal antiviral medication that the person should start immediately. The medications would include Acyclovir , valcyclovir, or famcyclovir. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small and painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth-to-mouth contact and to the genitals, causing genital ...Read more