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Are genital herpes sores like canker sores on the genital area?

Are genital herpes sores like canker sores on the genital area?

Ony superficially: Genital herpes is a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease (std) caused by the virus herpes simplex type 2 (hsv2). It's related to the virus that causes cold sores or fever blisters in your mouth: hsv1. Canker sores are small ulcers on your tongue or the lining of your cheeks that are probably autoimmune in origin. We don't think cankers are of viral origin because they're not contagious. ...Read more

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How painful are herpes simplex blisters?

How painful are herpes simplex blisters?

Variable: Some patients have virtually no pain and others are in such pain it is difficult to sit or empty the bladder. Seek treatment early to reduce pain and speed healing. ...Read more

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Are genital sores and genital herpes the same?

Are genital sores and genital herpes the same?

Yes, maybe: If you have soreness, burning blister on the genital area is most likely a herpes genitalia. The term "sore" is not specific. I'd advise having a doctor lookat you. ...Read more

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Could innactive herpes cause genital herpes?

Yes: Even if a person who has a herpes simplex virus does not have active lesions they can still transmit the virus through a process called viral shedding. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Two Herpes: I think you may be confusing the terms and the infections. Herpes type one, infecting 75% of americans, is usually found near or on the mouth. But, it can infect any skin that it comes in contact with, including the genitals if one is not previously infected. Herpes type two, predominantly found on or near the genitals, and infecting 25% of americans can infect any skin it comes in contact with. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex 1 cause outbreaks in your genital area?

Herpes: Outbreaks from herpes happen at the site that one was infected. They do not travel or migrate elsewhere on the body. The reason we no longer define herpes by the words 'oral' and 'genital' is that you can get these viruses on any part of your body exposed to them. ...Read more

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Could genital herpes sores change over time?

Could genital herpes sores change over time?

Yes: Genital herpes sores can change over time, generally lessening in severity of symptoms, area of involvement, and rapidity of improvement with each outbreak. ...Read more

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Do genital warts or herpes itch?

Do genital warts or herpes itch?

Possibly: Condylomata or genital warts typically are not symptomatic whereas herpes outbreaks often are preceded by burning pain and itching ...Read more

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Can lip picking with no cold sores cause genital herpes?

Can lip picking with no cold sores cause genital herpes?

No: Once someone has been infected with herpes more than a few months, the virus they is not transmitted to other body areas. Even with active cold sores, herpes is never transmitted to a person's own genital area. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Could a coldsore (herpes simplex virus) lead to genital warts?

Could a coldsore (herpes simplex virus) lead to genital warts?

Viruses: Nope. Not in any way. Warts are caused by either the human papilloma virus or the molluscum virus. Herpes is not in any way related to these viruses. ...Read more

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Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Cold sores - HSV1: Yes - cold sores and fever blisters are the same thing and are most commonly caused by HSV-1. Rarely, HSV-2 can cause oral herpes given the increased practices of oral sex compared with decades ago (i.e. the 1950s). You will note STRESS causes these to come out (for example after a fever from another illness), so best to keep stress levels to an absolute minimum. These are infectious to others BTW ...Read more

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Can bacitracin ointment heal genital herpes lesions?

No: Bacitracin is used to treat bacterial skin infections. Genital herpes is caused by the herpes virus, which is treated with antiviral medications. ...Read more

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Are canker sores contagious?

Are canker sores contagious?

NOT contagious: 'cold sores' are caused by virus=herpes simplex. Canker sores are associated with dental work, extra brushing, mouth injuries, spicy or acidic foods. Toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate have been implicated. Canker sores may also occur in immunosuppressed patients(or hiv). Also noted are food sensitivities: chocolate, coffee, strawberries, nuts, cheese and acidic foods, e.g. Pineapple. ...Read more

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Are canker sores related to yeast infections?

Are canker sores related to yeast infections?

See your physician : Sometimes hsv can appear as a severe yeast infection with canker sores. See your physician for an examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Are boils and genital warts related?

Are boils and genital warts related?

Not really...: Boils are like very large pimples - they need to be drained to clear up. Warts are caused by a virus and need to be treated in different ways. ...Read more

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How are cold sores (herpes simplex) and canker sores different?

How are cold sores (herpes simplex) and canker sores different?

Canker vs Cold Sore: Here is a great comprehensive answer to your question: http://www.Uhs.Umich.Edu/coldcankersores. ...Read more

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Genital Sores (Definition)

Genital sores = lesions of ...Read more