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Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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Skin feels wrinkled, maybe rash near scrotum in pelvic region. Neg for HSV (STI version). Told pos. For HSV (non-STI version). Hurts when walking.?

Skin feels wrinkled, maybe rash near scrotum in pelvic region. Neg for HSV (STI version). Told pos. For HSV (non-STI version). Hurts when walking.?

Not herpes or STD: Sounds like some sort of dermatitis. Most genital rashes aren't STDs and no STD, including herpes, ever causes this sort of problem. Wrinkled skin by itself is not abnormal.
"Non-STI" HSV probably means HSV1, the usual cause of oral herpes. Half of all adults have positive tests. This has nothing to do with your symptoms. See a doctor or clinic, but don't be worried. Probably not serious. ...Read more

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Blister on my top lip its tingling burning and itchy. The same in my nose the doctor said its HSV or dermatitis its been goin on since march 27th?

Blister on my top lip its tingling burning and itchy. The same in my nose the doctor said its HSV or dermatitis its been goin on since march 27th?

Sounds viral: Sounds like a herpetic type of infection with location and duration of symptoms thusfar. Not much you can do with it being almost a month into it but ask your doctor for some conservative suggestions such as keeping the lesions nice and clean, taking an anti-inflammatory, and perhaps trying something topical with a little anesthetic and Gabapentin or similar. ...Read more

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Hsv 2 blood test at 6 months, how conclusive is this test? P.s no culture, no open sores, just reddish and irritation on penis skin

Hsv 2 blood test at 6 months, how conclusive is this test? P.s no culture, no open sores, just reddish and irritation on penis skin

What are you asking?: If you are worried about HIV, relax and be thankful for good health. Local skin care for you skin there should help. Might you be allergic to something your partner uses and/or be gripping too tight without enough lube? ...Read more

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I had a hsv 1 Genital outbreak while I had the flu, the sores are gone but it seems like I have some skin discoloration in the spot the sore was, is this normal and I’m on antiviral meds for 10 day’s now and had sex yesterday, how contagious am I?

I had a hsv 1 Genital outbreak while I had the flu, the sores are gone but it seems like I have some skin discoloration in the spot the sore was, is this normal and I’m on antiviral meds for 10 day’s now and had sex yesterday, how contagious am I?

Probably safe: Once open sores are gone, infectiousness is markedly reduced; continued discoloration makes no difference. Herpes is sometimes transmitted in absence of visible sores, but quite rare with genital HSV1 (unlike HSV2). Your partner can have a blood test to see if s/he already has HSV1, as do half of all adults in the US. If so, s/he is immune to new HSV1 and will never catch it from you. ...Read more

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HPV & HSV2 are both contracted via skin contact. Why does HSV2 enter the bloodstream & HPV doesn't? Why does HPV go away eventually but HSV stay?

HPV & HSV2 are both contracted via skin contact. Why does HSV2 enter the bloodstream & HPV doesn't? Why does HPV go away eventually but HSV stay?

Germ behavior: First, HPV doesn't really go away, symptoms like warts can clear, but the germ usually goes into hibernation and can return later. It has a tissue preference to live on or near surfaces, not enter the blood. HSV can erupt on skin surfaces and enter the blood, it can also clear, hibernate and return. These are cousin germs, but they behave differently, that's just the way it is ...Read more

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Can someone infected with HSV either type 1 or type 2 donate blood yearly? Is it contagious other than being it a skin disease? Can HSV be lethal? Thnx

Can someone infected with HSV either type 1 or type 2 donate blood yearly? Is it contagious other than being it a skin disease? Can HSV be lethal? Thnx

Yes: Hsv infection is not a contraindication to blood donation; most of the population has hsv 1, so that would be very problematic. The vast majority of the time it is a skin disease, but in the elderly, already sick, or immunosuppressed, it can become invasive and cause things like meningitis or hepatitis, or diffuse disseminated disease - this can be lethal. ...Read more

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Hi. I am having small white boils and skin tag like growths on my foreskin. I have tested negative for HSV syphillis and gonohrreh. Please advice?

Hi. I am having small white boils and skin tag like growths on my foreskin. I have tested negative for HSV syphillis and gonohrreh. Please advice?

See a dermatologist: The foreskin is not a common place for skin tags. Two possibilities are molluscum and warts. If the diagnosis is not clear from a physical examination, a small biopsy can be done to confirm. Both of these are viral infections of the skin and can be sexually transmitted. Until you figure out what these are, please use a condom with your partner. ...Read more

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If me and my lover both have hsv-1, and I have a cold sore (she doesn't), will the skin-to-skin contact with the sore gaurentee that she will get one?

If me and my lover both have hsv-1, and I have a cold sore (she doesn't), will the skin-to-skin contact with the sore gaurentee that she will get one?

Stop worrying: You've both met the virus and won't infect each other. Her contacting your sore won't cause hers to flare. Further, a physician can keep these at bay with medication. And fear of fever blisters is no reason not to kiss. Cherish your being together. ...Read more

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If no symptoms or lesion or anything on the skin is showing & I need to make an accurate test for hsv? What's the best one to do? Pcr? Antibodies? Help

If no symptoms or lesion or anything on the skin is showing & I need to make an accurate test for hsv? What's the best one to do? Pcr? Antibodies? Help

Antibodies: Serological tests are commonly done for hsv2. If that does not help, virus culture and or pcr are the second order tests done. ...Read more

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Can you have another HSV outbreak in the middle of your first week of Valtrex (valacyclovir) treatment? I have white head like bumps that showed up overnight

Can you have another HSV outbreak in the middle of your first week of Valtrex (valacyclovir) treatment? I have white head like bumps that showed up overnight

Possible: If you are taking the Valtrex (valacyclovir) to prevent out breaks it is possible to have one while on the medicine. It decreases the risk but doesn't always prevent an outbreak. You may need a higher dose. If you are using it to treat an out break, It is unlikely that you would have an outbreak clear up this fast and get another. Talk to your doctor. This may well be something else. ...Read more

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I contracted herpes hsv 1 from a sexworker 17 years back. After the sex I develop small bumps one head of the penis which itches. For last two years?

I contracted herpes hsv 1 from a sexworker 17 years back. After the sex I develop small bumps one head of the penis which itches. For last two years?

Details matter: Hsv 1 on face??? or genital? How do you know the source? Was it cultured? Treated? Now you have something else not related to hsv. A clue is "after the sex"........what kind of sex? Condom? Lubricant or other material used by either participant? Since it appears only after sex it is not related to foreskin. Consider an irritation or allergy related to something used during sex or used by another p ...Read more

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I have HSV-1. It keeps breaking out in L Eye. In past it has broken out, on my head. No where else. I have scars on my eye how 2 prevent future damage?

I have HSV-1. It keeps breaking out in L Eye. In past it has broken out, on my head. No where else. I have scars on my eye how 2 prevent future damage?

HSV: Valacyclovir (Valtrex) is my favorite medication for this type of infection. Typical treatment is 3 times a day (of 1, 000mg) for about 10 days. If your getting repeated infections the medication is safe enough to take every day so you hopefully don't get it again (called prophylaxis). ...Read more

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Had 3 small pimples on penis. Two on the shaft one on the head. Hsv 2 neg and hsv1 pos. 2 weeks later look better but have 4 fluid filled pimples?

Had 3 small pimples on penis. Two on the shaft one on the head. Hsv 2 neg and hsv1 pos. 2 weeks later look better but have 4 fluid filled pimples?

Many causes: There are many reasons or causes of oral, genital, or other skin type lesions. Herpes is only one viral infection. See your medical doctor or a dermatologist to be diagnosed and treated properly. ...Read more

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If you get mild genital outbreaks while on suppressive therapy, what condition could you have other than hsv 2? Are there co occuring skin infections?

If you get mild genital outbreaks while on suppressive therapy, what condition could you have other than hsv 2? Are there co occuring skin infections?

Outbreaks: A recurring skin rash is suspicious for having HSV2 rashes and makes me wonder if you may need to increase your dose of suppression therapy, or change the medication you take. It also raises concerns for immunosuppression. You should do bloodwork to check you immune system, usually includes a CBC with diff, an HIV test, and perhaps serum immune globulins. ...Read more

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Have HSV 1. Past week saw cut outside vagina and now I have a pimple on groin like white head. Is this a new herpes infection. I am married???? ....

Have HSV 1. Past week saw cut outside vagina and now I have a pimple on groin like white head. Is this a new herpes infection. I am married???? ....

Herpes simplex: It does not sound as if you have a herpetic eruption on your genitalia, but does sound as if you should be seen by a doctor and have this diagnosed and treated appropriately. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Got hsv-1 outbreak and taking acyclovir. A day after I started taking it my head hurts, dry hands with slow breathing and can't sleep.

Got hsv-1 outbreak and taking acyclovir. A day after I started taking it my head hurts, dry hands with slow breathing and can't sleep.

Acyclovir: Stop the acyclovir and let your doctor know you may be having a reaction and let him decide if you should continue.. You can also use lysine 1500 mg when you have an attack and 500 mg a day to prevent an attack ...Read more

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What is the probability of passing HSV 2 by sex during an outbreak? Sore was present but not open, on the labia majora, so condom wouldn't protect skin

Herpes simplex: The possibility of transmission is excellent. Not certain what you mean about the condom not protecting the skin? Even if you do not have active lesions you can shed virus in your vaginal secretions. ...Read more

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Have an hsv-1 outbreak and is taking acyclovir since two days ago. Today my head hurts, hands are dry, drowsiness, and slow breathing.

Drug side effects?: Check with your dr to see if you are experiencing drug side effects or a disease complication. ...Read more

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I tested negative for HIV and HSV in january 2013.This is over six months after possible exposure to hiv. I have recurrent mouth ulcers, itchy skin.

I tested negative for HIV and HSV in january 2013.This is over six months after possible exposure to hiv. I have recurrent mouth ulcers, itchy skin.

Hard to say: If the january 2013 test was your first HIV test, it is always critical to be tested 3-6 months after your initial test, as it can take time for the HIV virus to be evident in the body. It could also be symptoms of primary HIV infection or primary hsv infection. I would seek the advice of your physician promptly. ...Read more

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Had protected sex & have balanitus after putting hand sanitizer on my penis in sept. No blisters. Red spots on head, red Corona/foreskin. Risk of hsv?

Had protected sex & have balanitus after putting hand sanitizer on my penis in sept. No blisters. Red spots on head, red Corona/foreskin. Risk of hsv?

Probably not herpes: Herpes doesn't cause this sort of problem, especially when it lasts several months. This sounds like garden variety fungal (yeast) or nonspecific balanitis, very common in uncircumcised men. Probably not caused by hand sanitizer, even if that was just before the problem started. Retract foreskin and wash 2x daily w/ soap & water. See a dermatologist if it continues after that. ...Read more

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I have HSV2 genitally but get the prodromal sore skin, nerve pain on arms and most recently face, eye, nose. Worried HSV is moving up my spine somehow?

I have HSV2 genitally but get the prodromal sore skin, nerve pain on arms and most recently face, eye, nose. Worried HSV is moving up my spine somehow?

Could be expressing: ....through different cutaneous nerve distributions but not necessarily because it's "MOVING UP" This is not "flesh eating bacteria or venom from a snake bite that slowly disperses. Once a person has HSV you can consider your entire milieu as harboring viral particles. Where they decide to express themselves is variable. You may've been innoculated anywhere FIRST. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Itching around nose and mouth. Clear/pink hard bumps around nose and under eyes. Itchy eyes and flaky skin. Also mild sore throat for 2 months. HSV?

Itching around nose and mouth. Clear/pink hard bumps around nose and under eyes. Itchy eyes and flaky skin. Also mild sore throat for 2 months. HSV?

Exam needed.: HSV is unlikely. The redness/itching/flaking is most consistent with seborrheic dermatitis (especially if scalp is also flaky), but that doesn't explain the chronic sore throat. Let your doctor examine you, and perhaps do a throat culture. ...Read more

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How to cure skin allergies and dermatitis?

How to cure skin allergies and dermatitis?

Moisturize: For eczema, whether allergic or not moisturization is the key. Soak in the bath until wrinkly, then apply a barrier cream to problem areas.
Allergy testing can determine if food is the cause, or if you are Atopic (allergic) in general and prone to eczema. ...Read more

Dermatitis (Definition)

Dermatitis means inflammation of skin. Contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis are ...Read more


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more