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Doctor insights on: Mild Herpes Simplex Virus Infection

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How is herpes simplex virus infection treated.

How is herpes simplex virus infection treated.

Antivirals: Well it depends where your infection is but herpes is treatable with antiviral medication such as acyclovir. It doesn't cure you of the virus, but it does shorten the duration of the attacks. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & ...Read more


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May have Herpes Simplex Virus developed a recurrent Herpetic Whitlow, sometimes confused with a staph infection. How can I prevent it?

May have Herpes Simplex Virus developed a recurrent Herpetic Whitlow, sometimes confused with a staph infection. How can I prevent it?

Valacyclovir: If these recurrences occur excessively frequently you may be able to extend the symptom-free duration of time by taking prophylactic valacyclovir. See your PCP and discuss with them. ...Read more

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How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way if there is contact with contents of a herpes rash to the other body part(s). ...Read more

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How do I know if I have herpes simplex virus ?

How do I know if I have herpes simplex virus ?

Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about herpes simplex virus 1?

Could you tell me about herpes simplex virus 1?

This is a bit vague.: Herpes simplex 1: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310.

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Should you take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

Should you take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

How Severe?: Most cases of herpes simplex i will resolve within a few days without treatment. Routine use of a broad spectrum sunscreen will help prevent and reduce the frequency of episodes. If the blisters are numerous with discomfort, an oral antiviral drug may be prescribed (valacyclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir). ...Read more

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Is there evidence showing almost everyone on earth has herpes simplex virus 1?

Not exactly: More than 90% of adults have antibodies to hsv1 by the 5th decade of life. In western populations 80-100% of adults of lower socioeconomic status had antibodies compared to only 30-50% of adults in higher socioeconomic groups. ...Read more

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When was the term herpes simplex virus coined?

When was the term herpes simplex virus coined?

Centuries ago: The word herpes comes from the greek meaning crawling since the group of blisters occur in a serpentine pattern. The differentiation between different types occurred centuries later. ...Read more

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When was the first breakout of herpes simplex virus?

When was the first breakout of herpes simplex virus?

Historically ?: Are you meaning historically or yourself personally? Herpes simplex virus is related to the smallpox virus and has been around forever. Typically it occurs on nerve areas similar to shingles. I do not know if I have answered your question or not. Sorry. ...Read more

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What type of herpes simplex virus causes genetically herpes?

What type of herpes simplex virus causes genetically herpes?

Type 2: If you are speaking of 'genital' herpes, it is typically type 2, although the possibility of type 1 causing genital lesions is well documented. ...Read more

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Is the herpes simplex virus related to the coxsackie virus?

No: Coxackie virus is an enterovirus ( like polio and echo virus) belongs to the Picornaviridae family. (RNA virus) Because it causes Herpangina, people may think is herpes, however it has nothing to do with Herpes. The herpes virus belongs to the Herpesviridae family (like chickenpox, zoster virus etc.). (DNA virus) ...Read more

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Can menstrual blood by itself transmit HSV (herpes simplex virus)?

Can menstrual blood by itself transmit HSV (herpes simplex virus)?

Indirect: Hsv lives in nerve cells and skin/mucosa (body surfaces). The virus doesn't really live in the bloodstream and would not survive long outside the body in drops of menstrual blood. However, menstrual blood can still contain other dangerous live viruses, including HIV and hepatitis, so it is always best to avoid direct contact with anyone else's blood (menstrual or otherwise). ...Read more

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I am having the herpes simplex virus from the chickenpox, what to do?

I am having the herpes simplex virus from the chickenpox, what to do?

Confusing question: The varicella virus, a virus in the herpes family of dna viruses, causes chickenpox. It is in the same family as the herpes simplex virus but they are not the same. Adults with chickenpox can take antiviral meds to diminish the intensity of the illness as needed.Contact your doc. ...Read more

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Could you die from herpes labialis which is caused by the herpes simplex virus.?

Could you die from herpes labialis which is caused by the herpes simplex virus.?

In general: In an immunocompetent host (a person with a healthy immune system), a herpes simplex infection is not accepted as a disease process that causes significant mortality (deaths) or morbidity (health related hardships). ...Read more

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If your herpes simplex virus 1/2, 1gg hsv1/2 1gg result 25.2 what do that means?

If your herpes simplex virus 1/2, 1gg hsv1/2 1gg result 25.2  what do that means?

Herpes Testing: Herpes tests are positive or negative. The 'number' associated with the test is thus meaningless. You need to re-ask this question since there should be two results: one for each type of herpes. ...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


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more