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Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Should I pop a herpes blister on my finger?

Should I pop a herpes blister on my finger?

Herpes on a finger: Also called a herpetic whitlow is best left alone and allowed to heal by itself.

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. Ward Dean Dr. Dean
Anti-Aging Medicine
39 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Does herpetic wit low hurt on hands without popping the blisters? Or does it burn only when you pop the blister? Need to know

Does herpetic wit low hurt on hands without popping the blisters? Or does it burn only when you pop the blister? Need to know

It will hurt: It will hurt no matter what you do. I recommend BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)--a food preservative anti-oxidant in a dose of 2, 000 mg per day (split the dose throughout the day). Download a free e-book, "Wipe out Herpes with BHT." Also, apply DMSO topically, available from a health food store or animal supply (or on line). DMSO will dry up topical lesions rapidly, painlessly.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it a good idea to pop a herpes blister?

Is it a good idea to pop a herpes blister?

Not from an: Infectious/ contagious standpoint because the blisters are filled with herpes viruses.

Dr. Alfredo Nieves Dr. Nieves
Gynecology
36 years in practice
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
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Can you pop a herpes blister on penis?

Can you pop a herpes blister on penis?

Yes: But why do that, I would sayleave it alone. It will hurt more if you pop it.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can I pop herpes blister?

Can I pop herpes blister?

You can, but don't.: Generally these will open and create a small ulcerated area on the skin by themselves. If you squeeze or open them in an unsterile fashion they have a chance of becoming secondarily infected, and although I hate driving business away, you don't need added problems.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can I pop my herpes blisters?

Can I pop my herpes blisters?

Don't recommend it.: It releases teaming contagious viruses from the lesion.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it ok to pop herpes blister?

Is it ok to pop herpes blister?

Not a good thing to: Do. If you are not already being treated for your herpes infection - please do so.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it okay to pop herpes blisters?

Not a good idea.: Breaking open a lesion releases teaming viruses which are contagious.

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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What happens if I pop a genital herpes blister?

What happens if I pop a genital herpes blister?

Herpes: If you discover that you have a fever blister, do not pop it. It is highly contagious and is easily spread through touch, especially kissing. Do not share utensils, glasses, food. Throw away your toothbrush, wash sheets and clothes and frequently wash your hands. Fever blisters can be spread to other parts of the body as well, so try to avoid contact until the blister is gone.

Dr. Glynis Ablon Dr. Ablon
Dermatology
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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I have genital herpes & have a blister in between my buttocks. It is causing serious pain & I can't rest. Can I pop the blister? What can I do?

I have genital herpes & have a blister in between my buttocks. It is causing serious pain & I can't rest. Can I pop the blister? What can I do?

Do not pop it, try: Taking acetaminophen and hot bath with domeboro powder or even washcloth with domeboro soaked on it to dry out blister.

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Do herpes blisters on lips always ooze or pop? I've had little white pimples near the corner of mouth, both sides. Some a little below of the corner. They do itch but barely burn. I've had them for about 4 days now, I went to the doctor twice, consecutiv

Do herpes blisters on lips always ooze or pop? I've had little white pimples near the corner of mouth, both sides. Some a little below of the corner. They do itch but barely burn. I've had them for about 4 days now, I went to the doctor twice, consecutiv

Oral herpes: Oral herpes outbreaks typically go red bump to blister (clear fluid) to pimple to open sore to crust/scab over 7-14 days. Recurrent outbreaks usually are in more or less the same spot every time. Most doctors are good at recognizing oral herpes, so you probably can rely on your doc's opinion. But if uncertain, testing can be done to know for sure -- for virus in the lesion, or blood test for HSV1.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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I have two blisters I pop one and something kind of yellowish came out? Is tht herpers?

I have two blisters I pop one and something kind of yellowish came out? Is tht herpers?

Herpes simplex: This virus often presents with blisters. Unfortunately you don't say where these are located, whether they are tender, related to some contact with another person, and so on. Cannot make a diagnosis without more info and seeing these lesions.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Does herpetic whitlow on hand always hurt? If you pop the blisters and if you don't pop the blisters

Does herpetic whitlow on hand always hurt? If you pop the blisters and if you don't pop the blisters

Herpes simplex: Whitlow is almost always painful. It makes no difference is the blisters are ruptured, with regards to degrees of discomfort, but opening them early leads to a higher risk of secondary bacterial infection.

Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang Dr. Chuang
Dermatology
46 years in practice
National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine
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So herpetic wit low on hands hurts even if you don't pop the blisters?

So herpetic wit low on hands hurts even if you don't pop the blisters?

Right.: It could be painful. Should treat it like herpes infection plus eczema. Dermatologist would know how to deal with it.

Dr. Patricia Fearing Dr. Fearing
Gynecology
32 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Does herpes always blister?

No: You may not see the blister stage. It may just be an open sore or even just seem like irritation.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Do herpes blisters have an odor?

Herpes simplex: No, although tissue degeneration in any form of lesion may create an odor, there is nothing characteristic about the smell of herpetic lesions.

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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How do I know if I have herpes blister?

Herpes: If you have a suspicious lesion you get it examined at the doctors office. And, all of us in the world must know our herpes status with a blood test!

Dr. James Goodpaster Dr. Goodpaster
Dentistry
25 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
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How can I tell if the blisters are herpes?

How can I tell if the blisters are herpes?

See MD or Dentist: You can look at the pictures posted her about the variuos forms of herpes I and ii as well as other on-line searches and compare what you have but the only way to be sure is to have a professional evaluated it. Both hsv I & ii sores will look different at different phases in the sore from onset to resolution & a professional will know all the possible appreances.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Are there almost always blisters with herpes?

Are there almost always blisters with herpes?

Herpes can be: Actively shedding virus even if there are no visible blisters.

Dr. Philip Miller
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