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Initial Outbreak Of Genital Herpes
The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more
If my first outbreak of genital herpes was very mild, that means that the recurrence are going to be mild or i will not have recurrence at all?
Typically : Typically the first outbreak of herpes is the worst, and subsequent outbreaks are lesser intensity or painless shedding of virus. A person might, as you say, never have an outbreak again. I see women who don't even know they have herpes because they've never had an outbreak. Safe sex practices are the best to make sure that you don't spread herpes. If you do have an outbreak, take acyclovir. ...Read more
2 to 12 days, but--: If someone hasn't been exposed to herpes before, it may take about 2 to 12 days to have an outbreak once exposure occurs. However, a person can become infected without showing any symptoms, becoming a carrier. In this case an outbreak may never occur, or perhaps it will happen many years later. ...Read more
Treatment & preventn: Herpes is often a recurrent disease and during acute outbreak, early use of antiviral such as valtrex/famvir can shorten the course and reduces severity. Topical Lidocaine can ease the pain, rapidly. Unfortunately, the current medications can treat, but cannot cure herpes. If frequent recurrence, i advise getting suppressive treatment. Protect yourself and others! consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
How long does an outbreak of genital herpes to clear up with out medication? I was told that mine was too advanced into the outbreak for medication..
Two weeks.: First episodes usually last a few weeks. Recurrent episodes are generally shorter. Meds don't shorten these periods by much and must be started early in the course to be effective at all. ...Read more
I had my first outbreak of genital herpes but it did not occur where i contacted the virus. Why is that?
You don't know: First, this may have been the first sympomatic outbreak of a previously dormant infection. Second it is very difficult sometimes to pinpoint where the viral contact occurred. May be from oral sex or genital to genital contact. If with a male, from leaking semen around a condom. Hope it clears up soon. ...Read more
Im having my first outbreak of genital herpes and was wondering if neosporin is okay to put on it and what else could help with burning/stinging pain?
Neosporin won't work: Herpes is a viral infection and will not respond to Neosporin. If you are certain it is herpes, you should see your physician. Since this is your primary infection your doctor will probably have you take an anti-viral like Acyclovir or Valacyclovir. Take some Ibuprofen for the pain and have your physician check you. ...Read more
Will an outbreak of genital herpes make my birth control ineffective in any way? This is my first outbreak.
No: An outbreak of genital herpes doesn't alter the effectiveness of birth control types. However, one should consider abstinence until the outbreak is over, in case there are large numbers of Herpes viruses in the area of the outbreak, making transmission to one's partner more likely (unless the partner is already immune to the particular type of Herpes). Transmission can occur between outbreaks too. ...Read more
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
This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more
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