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Oral Herpes Outbreak Duration
How can I tell if I am about to or starting to have a herpes outbreak? Are there pre symptoms or indicators?
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
If someone has an oral herpes outbreak and they drool and touch their mouth and then touch an object, can I get it if I touch the object and my mouth?
Possible: Possible but it would have to be almost immediately transferred. ...Read more
If had my primary oral herpes outbreak 3 weeks ago but my neck lymph node is still tender and yesterday I had a sore throat that went away by drinking something hot and the lymph node got swollen again is this normal?
Maybe new problem: Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more
HSV infections: The initial infection with a herpes virus can potentially be accompanied by fever and body aches, similar to the flu. Recurrences of hsv usually don't have symptoms other than at the place of the rash. However, body aches can occur with other common conditions like the flu. A blood test can be done in a few weeks to see if you have antibodies to hsv 2. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a genital herpes outbreak take the form of shingles on the cheek?The first outbreak years ago was bc of HSV 1, no test done this time.
Different viruses: The cause of shingles is the varicella-zoster virus. You first get chicken pox, the virus then sets up residence in the nerves in your body and comes out later in life as shingles, generally in a single nerve root distribution. It only involves one side. Genital herpes can occur with hsv 1 or 2, although more commonly type 2. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I may have oral herpes. I thought it'd let the primary outbreak occur without medication too see how I it alone. Is it stupid? whats worst can happen?
Not "stupid", but...: It depends. If you have 1 sore or small cluster of them on one side of one lip, it's probably a recurrent outbreak of an older one that previously caused no symptoms. If so, feel free to see how it goes without treatment. True first oral HSV infections usually cause multiple sores, bad sore throat, fever, etc. In that case, for sure get treated with oral valacyclovir or acyclovir. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a guy has oral herpes and kisses his girlfriend but it isn't during an outbreak, can the girl still get it?
Yes: The disease can be transmitted without current active lesions, however, it is far less likely than when active lesions are present. ...Read more
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