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How To Prevent Herpes Zoster Infection
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
Your doctor can: prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral which can actually help regarding transmission to others. Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, UV rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rx and OTC: You may have to take a prescription antiviral medication if you experience regular outbreaks. While we aren't exactly sure why outbreaks can be more frequent, we think that avoiding certain triggers like excessive alcohol, fatigue, sun exposure, and stress might help. Two otc supplements that might help lower outbreaks (but not transmission) are l-lysine and lauricidin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on situation: If you had chicken pox then you risk getting shingles. Vaccination the best way to lower the risk of getting shingles; the severity of pain and complications are signifantly decreased. Acyclovir is used for therapy, but is most effective witihn 48-72 hrs of an outbreak. Death from shingles is rare but can happen esp in pt with impaired immunity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Not all infections lead to sepsis. Meningococcal infection can cause fatal sepsis in a few hours.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
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
Preventing yeast: Intravaginal placement of lactobacillus or acigel have been used, but this type of prevention is probably more nuisance than benefit unless you have yeast all the time. A good prevention is to use yeast cream when you have to go on an antibiotic. If you have diabetes, keep your sugar low. More convenient for long-term medical prophylaxis is periodic oral Fluconazole tablets (once a week or month). ...Read more
Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way if there is contact with contents of a herpes rash to the other body part(s). ...Read more
Antiviral medication: See your physician or if available go to an urgent care clinic to get started on an antiviral medication such as Acyclovir or valicyclovir. These medications can shorten the course of an outbreak and help prevent future outbreaks. The sooner the medication is started the more better it is for shortening the course of the outbreak. ...Read more
Neonatal Herpes: About 10% of infants born to mothers with active HSV will develop nnh with blood invasion by the virus, enlargement of internal organs, encephalitis & death or permanent disability. Recognition of the problem & planned delivery before the rupture of fetal membranes has a protective effect & bypasses the primary exposure. Even women without active lesions have had infants develop nnh. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stay healthy: Herpes outbreaks can occur for a number of reasons, as well as for no apparent reason. The key is keeping your immune system as healthy as possible. This includes reducing stress, eating in a healthy manner, avoiding other illnesses, exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep, and many other "healthy" things. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vaccine, wash, clean: Hep a: fecal-oral transmission: bad food, drink, sanitation. Can get vaccinated. Wash, cook. Hep b: shared blood products, less often sex. Can get vaccinated. Avoid IV drug use, nasal drug use, high risk sex. If from endemic region (far east, middle east, africa) or parents from endemic region-get tested. Hep c: no vaccine. Most from IV drug use, transfusion before 1993, less from sex exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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