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Doctor insights on: How To Treat Herpes On My Arm

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Can I treat herpes on my arm with lip herpes medication?

Can I treat herpes on my arm with lip herpes medication?

Possible: Yes, you can treat herpes on your arm with herpes lip medication. It will only work, though, if it is really herpes on your arm. ...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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How do I treat herpes on my arms?

How do I treat herpes on my arms?

Herpes: The only effective way to treat herpes is to see your doctor for a prescription for antibiotics. ...Read more

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I am in the medical field and contacted herpes type 2 on my arm. How can I treat it? How cautious should I be?

I am in the medical field and contacted herpes type 2 on my arm. How can I treat it? How cautious should I be?

Valtrex (valacyclovir): Also zovirax (acyclovir), (acyclovir) Acyclovir and topical zovirax (acyclovir) ointment can be used to treat herpes. It decreases symptoms and shedding time of the virus but is not a cure. Contagion is a critical issue if you work with newborns or people who are immune compromised. In healthy individuals it is highly unlikely to be contracted without intimate contact or without direct contact to mucous membrane or broken skin. ...Read more

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I am currently being treated for genital herpes, culture not back to confirm. I also have a rash on neck, feet, arms. Is this all herpes?

I am currently being treated for genital herpes, culture not back to confirm. I also have a rash on neck, feet, arms. Is this all herpes?

Unlikely: Herpes lesions are usually localized. What you may have is an allergic rash in response to medication or something else. Your treating physician should be able to investigate. ...Read more

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What causes you to get herpes on your arm?

What causes you to get herpes on your arm?

Lesion/virus contact: Herpes usually will not thrive on the skin of the arm, but if that is the case, there was some direct contact with either another person's herpes lesion or self inoculation by failing to wash your hands. ...Read more

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A date just told me she has herpes 1 and 2. What are the chances I will contract it how treatable is it!

A date just told me she has herpes 1 and 2. What are the chances I will contract it how treatable is it!

Depends: It depends on how much contact you had, as well as if she had active lesions at the time. Treatment can reduce flares and help speed recovery, but there is no way to eradicate it once infected. ...Read more

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What should I do when herpes in my arm burns?

What should I do when herpes in my arm burns?

Ice for the pain: If the herpes infection is gone and this is just the residual pain and burning after shingles, then applying an ice pack tends to give some relief. Sarna lotion may also help, and topical Lidocaine can be soothing as well. There are also stronger prescription medications that can help too. If there is an active herpes infection, then that should be treated with anti-viral meds asap. ...Read more

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Can a person have herpes outbreak on their arm?

Can a person have herpes outbreak on their arm?

Yes: Herpes can infect virtually anywhere on the surface of the body. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a rash on my arm could be herpes?

Possible: Sure, it's possible, but it's impossible for me to say based on the information provided. Herpes would give you small blisters (and later shallow ulcers) on top of red skin. ...Read more

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I have a round bumpy rash on my arm. Could this be herpes?

Herpes simplex: Not likely. But without seeing this and having more history impossible to exclude possibility. See a doctor and have them examine this. ...Read more

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I have herpes lesions on right side chest, arm pit, and back. Never a cold sore. What type of herpes is this?

Herpes zoster: Your chosen topic tags show you already know about herpes zoster (shingles). Almost certainly that's what you have. I hope you are on treatment with valacyclovir or similar drug, sometimes accompanied by prednisone or other steroid drug. ...Read more

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My baby has fluid blisters on his arm and then also on his face appearing just today. Could it look like herpes and be something else?

My baby has fluid blisters on his arm and then also on his face appearing just today. Could it look like herpes and be something else?

Rash: Rashes are so difficult to diagnose, without looking at them. Also, I don't know your baby's age. If baby is a newborn, he/she would more than likely be deathly sick with herpes. With older children, there are many rashes, like this. If itchy, it could be poison ivy. Chicken pox, also itchy, if baby has not been immunized against it. Herpes is very painful, and usually is not widespread, like thi. ...Read more

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Burning in upper chest, neck, and into arms for over a week. Is this a symptom of herpes?

Burning in upper chest, neck, and into arms for over a week. Is this a symptom of herpes?

Explanation: Burning sensation can be caused by herpes. But, my opinion, that this is something else because your area of burning are large, and you need evaluation by doctor. And herpes will be visible within one week. ...Read more

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Will herpes produce a strong smell? Excessive sweating? I think it may be producing the same smell in my arm pits.

Will herpes produce a strong smell? Excessive sweating? I think it may be producing the same smell in my arm pits.

NO: The odor and the sweating have not the slightest association with any form of herpes. If you think this could be a medical problem, see a DR. ...Read more

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All over body itching, including vaginal area, excema like outbreak under arms and vaginal area had protected sex w/ someone who has herpes a week ago?

All over body itching, including vaginal area, excema like outbreak under arms and vaginal area had protected sex w/ someone who has herpes a week ago?

See your doctor: If you have systemic itching and get tested for STDs even if you had protected sex, check for potential scabies or other exposure to something else. You may need prescription grade antihistamine or antiviral, or antibiotics depending on the findings. Be safe, and don't delay. ...Read more

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I got a customers salvia or spit on my arm then use anti bacterial stuff on my arm am I at risk for herpes from the spit?

Infectious Diseases: These questions that want to nit pick the to the very limit of medicine are hard to answer. The answer is yes, of course. But, the likelihood is so very rare that I as a physician want to ask why you are wasting even one moment worrying. The most important message I can give to all on this site about herpes is that every adult needs to have the herpes blood tests to see if they have herpes or not. ...Read more

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I got blood drawn from my arm just for some lab work, would it detect genital herpes if I had them?

I got blood drawn from my arm just for some lab work, would it detect genital herpes if I had them?

Genital herpes...: Is typically diagnosed with a swab from the affected area. It is not typically diagnosed with blood tests. ...Read more

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Please help I was chewing on a plastic bottle cap and spit landed on my arm and then I wiped my eye and the spit got in to my eye will I get herpes?

Doubtful: If the bottle cap contained spit contaminated with Herpes type two, it might cause a problem Type one is the most common and you are almost certainly immune to that type. ...Read more

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Lately I've had a few red bumps appear on my legs and one on my arm. They are red with a white head and go away fast could it be herpes?

Lately I've had a few red bumps appear on my legs and one on my arm. They are red with a white head and go away fast could it be herpes?

Folliculitis: The most common explanation for scattered self-limiting minute pustules is infected skin pores. An antibacterial soap, avoidance of scratching and scrupulously cleaned fingernails are useful to prevent skin infections. ...Read more

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Could genital herpes appear on your arms stomach and back.?

Could genital herpes appear on your arms stomach and back.?

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. ...Read more

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Can herpes show up as a rash on your forehead and arm without showing up anywhere else (i.e. mouth/genitals)?

Can herpes show up as a rash on your forehead and arm without showing up anywhere else (i.e. mouth/genitals)?

Yes: Disseminated herpes virus infection can show up on face arm anywhere. Get checked by a doctor if tou have this rash so appropriate diagnosis can be made and treatment can be started. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes, I have a small rash on my thigh, just got over ringworm on arm, ringworm or herpes?

I have genital herpes, I have a small rash on my thigh, just got over ringworm on arm, ringworm or herpes?

Sorry: At minimum it would require taking a history and visualizing this lesion to try to properly diagnose it. Take care. ...Read more

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2 weeks of burning/chilled sensation in whole upper body and arms. No pain. Symptoms come on when exposed to cold weather. Herpes? MS? Heart?

2 weeks of burning/chilled sensation in whole upper body and arms. No pain. Symptoms come on when exposed to cold weather. Herpes? MS? Heart?

Detailed history: In cases where the symptoms are complex and the diagnosis is not straightforward, many clinicians would say that the most important step is detailed conversation with the patient to elucidate the history. Especially if some work up has already been done, a careful review of the story is the first step. Consider getting a consultation with a doctor in the office or here on HealthTap. ...Read more