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How can I tell if I am about to or starting to have a herpes outbreak? Are there pre symptoms or indicators?

How can I tell if I am about to or starting to have a herpes outbreak? Are there pre symptoms or indicators?

Prodrome: Some patients experience a tingling sensation prior to the blister eruption. This is due to the stimulation of the neurons by the emerging virus. ...Read more

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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


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Can drinking a lot of water make urine sample clear for uti? Having my primary herpes outbreak & starting to urinate is painful. Is this from herpes?

Maybe: If your urine is very dilute (watered down), the typical office test with the dipstick may not detect the white blood cells associated with infection. But a culture will still be accurate. But herpes hurts, so it would not be unusual for urination and wiping to hurt until the sores go away. ...Read more

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When you have a genital herpes outbreak is it always a form of a blister? What other forms of an ob are there and are they always painful ?

Usually, not always: On dry skin, herpes lesions usually start as red bumps, within 1-2 days become blisters, then scabs that heal in 7-10 days. On moist surfaces (e.g. labia minor, vaginal opening) usually ulcers (open sores) rather than blisters. Most OBs are painful, especially ulcers, but some cause no symptoms or only minor ones, like a mild itch. Recurrent OBs usually are same area each time, +/- an inch or so, ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for a herpes outbreak to make the painful urinating & burning stop , the swelling go down ? I have no insurance or money for a prescription. I have been diagnosed with herpes 1 & 2 for 2 years now. I am experiencing an outbreak

What are some home remedies for a herpes outbreak to make the painful urinating & burning stop , the swelling go down ? I have no insurance or money for a prescription. I have been diagnosed with herpes 1 & 2 for 2 years now. I am experiencing an outbreak

The : The only thing that I am aware of that some people have found some relief with is l-lysine supplement. However i must say the most effective and reliable treatment is an antiviral like Acyclovir or valtrex (valacyclovir). Research low or no cost clinics in your area. Your local county hospital is a good place to start. Also try family planning clinics, there may be free programs that will cover a visit and medication for herpes. Lastly, you can research patient assistant programs for valtrex (valacyclovir). You may be able to get some help there. You may even consider calling your previous doctor for a prescription for acyclovir. Places like walmart and target offer these medications for very reasonable prices (i believe $4 for 30 pills). Best of luck. ...Read more

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How long does herpes outbreak last?

How long does herpes outbreak last?

Depends.: First outbreak averages 19 days. Subsequent average 10. Tend to get less lengthy and symptomatic with time. ...Read more

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How do you lessen a herpes outbreak?

How do you lessen a herpes outbreak?

See your doctor: While some people swear by decreasing stressors and eving supplementing with over the counter nutritionals, prescription meds may be required if your outbreaks are frequent or just to reduce the risk of passing the virus to a partner. Make an appointment to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can shaving trigger a herpes outbreak?

Can shaving trigger a herpes outbreak?

Possible, not likely: Stress, mental or physical is associated with herpetic outbreaks. While shaving could potentially trigger herpes, it is not terribly likely. ...Read more

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Odds of never having a herpes outbreak?

Odds of never having a herpes outbreak?

Not good: Most humans are infected with herpes simplex virus at some time in early life, and once infected the virus never leaves you. There are many people who have no or mild outbreaks, but the odds of never ever having these is low. ...Read more

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Could a herpes outbreak go away in a day?

Could a herpes outbreak go away in a day?

Herpes Lesions: Nope. That is very unlikely. Herpes starts off as a cluster of blisters. Then the skin breaks open to a raw open ulcer and then they heal. That does not usually happen in 24 hours. ...Read more

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I have a question regarding herpes outbreak. ?

I have a question regarding herpes outbreak. 
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OK. What?: Ask away! What would you like to know? Ask again and tell us. In the meantime, here is resource for you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpes_simplex_virus And here's another Canadian source for genital herpes: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/genital-herpes.html Here's a US source for genital herpes https://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/: ...Read more

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Is it okay to put a bandage over herpes outbreak?

Is it okay to put a bandage over herpes outbreak?

Sure : there is nothing wrong with covering it if it feels more comfortable. Topical numbing jelly can be used too. Medications can. Be prescribed to decrease the duration of the outbreak ...Read more

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Without medicine will a herpes outbreak clear up?

Without medicine will a herpes outbreak clear up?

Herpes simplex: The duration of symptoms with an outbreak is 7-10 days with a range of 2 to 21 days, but those outside values are unusual. Yes they will clear without medication, and unless the medication is begun orally at the time of onset of symptoms the meds will not likely change the duration of symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does the first herpes outbreak last for?

How long does the first herpes outbreak last for?

Oral herpes: Oral herpes will last 10-14 days there are some medications you can get from your doctor that you can apply at first sign the prod tonal sign applying five times fail and it may prevent the breakout or shorten the time to 3-5 days. ...Read more

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Another herpes outbreak within 2 weeks, what to do?

Another herpes outbreak within 2 weeks, what to do?

Triggers: Triggers for herpes outbreaks can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, uv rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period. ...Read more

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Could i still have a herpes outbreak without sores?

Not sure what: You mean? But you could have viral shedding (be contagious) without visible sores. ...Read more