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What could happen if I take medicine for genital herpes and I don't have the disease?

What could happen if I take medicine for genital herpes and I don't have the disease?

Not much: If a patient takes a medication for genital herpes without actually having genital herpes, then that patient in general would be susceptible to the side effects of that medication, much like any other individual would. In no way does taking the medication increase your risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

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


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Is it necessary to take medicine for genital herpes? I rarely have genital herpes outbreaks. Would I still benefit from taking medication? .

Your decision: There are medications for outbreaks, to be taken "as needed." and there are medications that can be dosed for prevention of recurrence. If you don't get many outbreaks, you may benefit form the former option. A good discussion between you and your dr. Would go a long way, and you can decide on the best plan for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the fastest and most effective medicine for repeat outbreaks of genital herpes?

Antiviral medication: In the United States, we usually use valacyclovir or acyclovir. Antivirals work best if started at the very first symptom that an outbreak is going to occur. If my patient has 6 or more outbreaks per year, I have them take it daily to help prevent outbreaks. ...Read more

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What's the best over-the-counter genital herpes medicine?

None, need Rx: To treat genital herpes, you do need a prescription for Acyclovir or one of the brand name equivalents. None of the over the counter medications will effectively treat genital herpes. ...Read more

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Is there any over-the-counter drugs that can help genital herpes?

No: There is no specific treatment or over the counter medications that can be used for genital herpes. ...Read more

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Is there medicine that you can buy at a pharmacy to treat genital herpes that does not require a precription.

Possibly: Please see this link for some alternative therapies to prescription medication for genital herpes.
http://www. Webmd. Com/genital-herpes/guide/alternative-treatments ...Read more

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How do I dry out genital herpes on the anus? What can I use for itching? I am on xarelto and I can't take most medicines and I'm afraid to try

Genital herpes: You cannot "dry it out" rather you can have the lesions burned off; steroids can reduce itching but may make the lesions grow; you can also take the medications for herpes which can suppress the activity of the virus and reduce or eliminate the lesions. ...Read more

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I had sexual contact with a man with genital herpes, he wore protection and took his medicine before it happened, I have a tingling sensation pain and?

Herpies: You need to get tested for viral count. Doe both hsv1 and hsv-2. Hsv-2 is the genital form. Both hsv-1 can also cause the symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my genital herpes until I can see a doctor?

Not really: There are over the counter medications such as campho-phenique and similar topicals for cold sores which are caused by the herpes virus. I've not seen those used for genital herpes. Your best option is one of the prescription antivirals specifically for herpes. Need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm a girl with genital herpes. As long as my partner use a condom and I take my medicine will it be ok to have sex?

I'm a girl with genital herpes. As long as my partner use a condom and I take my medicine will it be ok to have sex?

Not always: If you have herpes lesions present, you are infectious. A condom will not prevent it because herpes lesions is usually on the skin. Herpes is spread via skin to skin contact, not semen or vaginal fluid. Even if you don't see or feel lesions, you may still have them and could infect your partner. Your risk of that is much lower though. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes I'm on the medicine acyclovir. I have pain on my tongue and my tongue has turned white with red blotches on it. What is it?

Stop it.: You may be having a reaction to the medicine. Stop it and call your doc today or tomorrow for further advice and treatment. If you have rapidly increasing numbers of sores, pain, or fever, go to the ER if you cannot reach your doc. ...Read more

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What causes genital herpes?

Virus: Caused by herpes virus and spread by skin-to-skin contact. ...Read more

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How common is genital herpes?

...: About 1 in 6 people have genital herpes. The centers for disease control estimates that about 776, 000 people acquire genital herpes each year in the United States. ...Read more

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How can I get genital herpes?

How can I get genital herpes?

...: You can get genital herpes by having sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with someone who has herpes. The virus can be found in the sores, but there does not need to be an open sore to get the virus. This is known as “asymptomatic shedding.” there is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

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How do you get genital herpes?

How do you get genital herpes?

...: You can get genital herpes by having sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with someone who has herpes. The virus can be found in the sores, but there does not need to be an open sore to get the virus. This is known as “asymptomatic shedding.” there is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

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How can I treat genital herpes?

How can I treat genital herpes?

...: Genital herpes can be treated with several different medications including acyclovir, Famciclovir and valacyclovir. Treatment can be offered as the outbreaks occur. But if someone has multiple frequent outbreaks, consideration can be given to suppressive therapy (i.e. Take medication daily to prevent outbreaks). Talk to your doctor about your options. ...Read more

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How do you treat genital herpes?

Treatable, not cured: Genital herpes is caused by various strains of herpes virus which are sexually transmitted. Once in the skin, it cannot be cured, and tends to cause intermittent outbreaks of rash/symptoms. Outbreaks can be shortened/less severe with oral or topical antiviral agents, such as Zovirax. Once daily oral agents can be used long term to prevent or diminish episodes. Safe sex to avoid transmission. ...Read more

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What are signs of genital herpes?

Sx hsv 2: Symptoms could include dysuria, tingling and burning, with or without eruption of blisters, or painful ulcerations. ...Read more

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Genital herpes how can it spread?

Genital herpes how can it spread?

Herpes: Herpes is transmitted skin to skin from the site on your skin where you are infected. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes 1 turn into 2?

Herpes Simplex: 1 ; 2 can both be located either genitally or orally. However, one does not actually morph into the other. ...Read more

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Is type 1 genital herpes painful?

Here are some. ..: The page still shows this Q still unanswered although I did it. So, I repeated; HSV-1 genital herpes can cause itching, sore, and pain as that from HSV-2. More detail? To http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/49176-symptoms-type-genital-herpes/. Best wish.. ...Read more

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Why does some genital herpes hurt?

Nerve irritation: All forms of herpes can cause a burning stinging type of pain. Herpes viruses are stored in nerve cell bodies and when activated cause irritation of the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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Can people die from genital herpes?

No it's not fatal: Genital herpes can be painful but no it's not fatal for adults. However, if a pregnant woman has active herpes lesions during her 3rd trimester of pregnancy she may be advised to have a c-section to avoid passing it to the newborn during delivery. Antiviral medications such as Acyclovir and valacyclovir are both considered safe to take during pregnancy and are advised if there is a history. ...Read more

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Could I give myself genital herpes?

Yes: If you have herpes virus and had a sore on your mouth that you were touching, and then touched your genital area with saliva containing the virus, transfer could occur. ...Read more

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How common is having genital herpes?

Very common: One out of five americans are carriers of herpes type 2 antibodies. This means that they have a past exposure to genital herpes. Not all of these will actually have outbreaks or problems. ...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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

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