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How can urination burning be releaved with genital herpes?

How can urination burning be releaved with genital herpes?

Speak to your doctor: Often the urine touches the herpes lesions which causes the burning. There are creams that can be used to help.

Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Painful Urination (Definition)

Painful urination is the high end of urethral discomfort at voiding, which may result from UTI, STD-related urethritis, stone passage, aftereffect of transurethral procedures, but with widely variable expression & intensity reflecting personal tolerance & coping ability. So, interpreting it with ...Read more


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When you get genital herpes does it always burn to urinate?

When you get genital herpes does it always burn to urinate?

Not always: Frequently there are no symptoms. There are many strains of herpes virus which can affect the genitalia and symptoms may differ from strain to strain as well as from subject to subject.

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I was diagnosed with genital herpes today. It really hurts when I urinate what can I do? Ps I am a female even though my profile says male!

I was diagnosed with genital herpes today. It really hurts when I urinate what can I do? Ps I am a female even though my profile says male!

Genital herpes: Primary (first episode) genital herpes can be much more severe than episodes with relapse in the future (if they occur). Ulcers can be associated with pain on urination and can precipitate urinary retention. Appropriate antiviral treatment with Acyclovir or valacyclovir should help healing.

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Can you catch genital herpes from urine?

Can you catch genital herpes from urine?

Probably not: In general, transmission of herpes virus requires direct contact of an infected surface with a susceptible one, usually with rubbing to massage the virus into the tissues. That's why initial herpes usually shows up at sites of friction during sex, like penis head or shaft or vaginal opening and labia minora. Urine is an unlikely source of infection.

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Could you get infected with your own genital herpes on the face with urine?

Could you get infected with your own genital herpes on the face with urine?

Very unlikely: Transfer of HSV infection to another part of the body (auto-inoculation) sometimes occurs during the first few weeks after catching the virus. Once someone has had genital or oral herpes more than 2-3 months, auto-inoculation is very rare. Use common sense hygiene, i.e. wash hands after toilet, and limit hand contact with face/eyes during genital herpes outbreaks. Otherwise no worries about it.

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I have genital herpes. First outbreak was lengthy but after six months of getting this virus I am feeling less & some time cloudy urine. Why is that?

I have genital herpes. First outbreak was lengthy but after six months of getting this virus I am feeling less & some time cloudy urine. Why is that?

Genital herpes: Cloudy urine isn't usually a symptom of genital herpes. The urine could be cloudy for other reasons - hydration, bladder infection, foods and medicines you take. The first outbreak of herpes, though, usually is the worst, and if you were treated with antivirals it should decrease number and severity of outbreaks.

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Is the genital herpes virus present in your urine, saliva, semen etc.?

Is the genital herpes virus present in your urine, saliva, semen etc.?

No: In people with genital herpes, the virus is only present in the infected skin and the nerves supplying that area. It cannot be transmitted through urine or saliva, and probably not semen.

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Can genital herpes cause white cell in urine?

Can genital herpes cause white cell in urine?

Yes: But many other suspects. See your dr. When you ask this, are you referring to a microscopic or dipstick test? Or is it something seen with unaided eye? Burning pain? Drip? Blood? Increased frequency ; urgency of urination? If you have sores they should be cultured promptly.

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Would genital herpes show up in a urine culture? I think I've been exposed.

Would genital herpes show up in a urine culture? I think I've been exposed.

Wouldn't show up.: Unfortunately, genital herpes would not show up on a urine culture. There are blood antibody tests available, but they would take at least six weeks from the day of exposure even be slightly positive.

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Can you get infected with genital herpes if you touched your own urine and then touch your face?

Can you get infected with genital herpes if you touched your own urine and then touch your face?

Herpes: That sounds very unlikely. Herpes can spread fairly easily through contact with body fluids. When in doubt, a blood test can confirm or exclude herpes 1 or 2.

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If you have genital herpes and you go to take a pee and a little drop of urine lands on your upper lip, will you get infected?

If you have genital herpes and you go to take a pee and a little drop of urine lands on your upper lip, will you get infected?

Probably not: Transfer of an HSV infection from the area first involved to another area is called auto-inoculation. It sometimes occurs during the first infection, i.e. within several weeks of catching the virus. After that, the immune system prevents auto-inoculation. If someone has had genital or oral herpes more than a few months, it is very unlikely s/he will ever self infect other places on the body.

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I have raw sores on the neck of my penis. When I have sex with my wife it hurts. I have been tested for genital herpes with a result of negative. It's like being rubbed raw. I am 58yo and my urine flow is not like it used to be. I dribble, getting some ur

I have raw sores on the neck of my penis. When I have sex with my wife it hurts. I have been tested for genital herpes with a result of negative. It's like being rubbed raw. I am 58yo and my urine flow is not like it used to be. I dribble, getting some ur

Sometime: Sometime a yeast infection can affect a man's penis. If it is present it can cause raw denuded area of pain, irritation, and often times itching. You can try an over the counter cream like Clotrimazole twice a day for a few weeks. If this does not work ask your doctor for an dditional work up or referral to a urologist, especially since it sounds like you have some prostate issues as well. All the best.

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Burning after urination and discharge, irritated red spot next to the vaginal opening and it's red & raw. Genital herpes? Never had sexual contact

Burning after urination and discharge, irritated red spot next to the vaginal opening and it's red & raw. Genital herpes? Never had sexual contact

Needs to be seen: Lumps, bumps, blisters and other skin abnormalities on the genitals need to be evaluated. An examination will be needed to know the cause and treatment. Folliculitis is one possibility. Yeast is a possibility and over the counter fungal cream will fix it. Trauma from recent intercourse if possible. Herpes is an std which can cause this. Other possibilities too. Schedule an exam.

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Is oral or genital herpes always painful? Because I have some symptoms but no pain.

Get checked: If you have symptoms and are concerned, your best bet is to be evaluated by a dermatologist when you are experiencing this symptoms. They would be able to diagnose and treat you if necessary.

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I have herpes. Had a stent removed a week ago. Now I have painful urination. What's going on?

I have herpes. Had a stent removed a week ago. Now I have painful urination. What's going on?

Trauma: The painful urination is likely due to the stent removal. Its not a completely uncomplicated event. Was it urethral or ureteral? I would go back to the urologist.

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Painful sexual intercourse, painful urge to urinate, bleeding, swelling, itching? Possible genital herpes outbreak?

Possibly herpes: These symptoms are quite typical for newly acquired genital herpes; too severe for an outbreak of recurrent herpes. New herpes is especially likely if at risk, e.g. new partner or partner known to have genital herpes. Severe urinary tract infection or other STD also are possible. Get care ASAP, the sooner the better both for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment if it's herpes. Good luck!

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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