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If skin is a protective barrier, why doesn't it protect you from herpes or other diseases?How do they infect if theyre in contact with dead skin cell?

If skin is a protective barrier, why doesn't it protect you from herpes or other diseases?How do they infect if theyre in contact with dead skin cell?

It does...: Although some organisms can penetrate intact skin herpes does not. The herpes virus infects by coming into contact with a mucus membrane like the mouth, vaginal canal or the male urethra. Hope this helps. ...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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Is herpes a dangerous disease or its normal to have it in the body ? Does it affect the body or makes it weak? Cuz i tested IgG +ve158 and IgM -ve

Common: This viral infection is common and tends not to cause too many problems overall. There can be some residual issues, but typically not affecting the immune system. ...Read more

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Can you spread herpes are any disease if you don't wash hands after bathing or showering?

Can you spread herpes are any disease if you don't wash hands after bathing or showering?

Wouldn't think so...: Anything can happen in life, but herpes is not spread that way. The main reason is that "bathing and showering" includes washing ones hands. The hands are just as clean or even cleaner than the rest of the body, at the end of "bathing and showering". ...Read more

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Dose the sore a cause genital herpes and behçet's disease look like the same? Can the doctor diagnose them by eye ?

Dose the sore a cause genital herpes and behçet's disease look like the same? Can the doctor diagnose them by eye ?

Yes: The lesions of both conditions can look similar. Herpes is by far the most likely of the two. A dermatologist can help determine if behcet's is possible. So the answer to your last question is both yes and no. Behcet's is uncommon and can be a little more difficult to diagnose if your doctor has never seen it before. ...Read more

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Is herpes encephalitis a contagious diseases?

Is herpes encephalitis a contagious  diseases?

Depends on situation: The transmission of the herpes simplex virus is possible from active skin or mucous membrane sores if present. If none are present, the child is not considered contagious. A close examination of all skin surfaces should be done frequently in the early treatment phase as these can be elusive. Good hand washing & contact isolation will limit any spread from active lesions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is herpes simplex a dangerous disease?

Can you tell me is herpes simplex a dangerous disease?

Usually not: Herpes simplex usually causes cold sores but it can cause infections of other parts of the body. When it infects the brain, it can be fatal. Fortunately this is rare. Most adults are infected with herpes simplex. ...Read more

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Please help! what is this disease "herpes simplex" and what really causes it?

Please help! what is this disease "herpes simplex" and what really causes it?

A virus: Herpes simplex is a virus that infects both the face/mouth and the genital area. It is spread by direct contact. Medicine is available. See you gynecologist. ...Read more

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Since I have a cold sore does that mean I have the sexually transmitted disease herpes?

Since I have a cold sore does that mean I have the sexually transmitted disease herpes?

Not necessarily: Cold sores are relatively common and can be acquired without sexual contact.Some kids have them from an early age.The strain of herpes differs to some extent, from that of genital disease.However, those who engage in oral sex with someone shedding the genital virus can acquire cold sores from that contact. ...Read more