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Washing Genitals To Prevent
My wife has cold sores. I have yet to develop them. What are the chances that I will? What about transmission to genitals? Best way to prevent spread?
Avoidance: the best way to avoid contracting herpes is to avoid contact; however, you may have already contracted it, but never actually broken out; it might be worth getting antibodies to Herpes types 1 & 2 (and also to culture your wife to see what type she has); if yours is +, and the same type as your wife's, you probably have already contracted it (probably from her), and don't have to worry as much ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prevent ingrown hairs on armpits & genitals after shaving.. And how to identify. Are they dangerous??
I am a female and get large cysts around my genitals and inner thighs. They are blood or puss filled. How can I prevent or treat them? Some r painful.
Drain and culture: These are not uncommon. Often time they need to be drained and cultured to determine exactly what is causing this. Treatment can then be focused and preventing or treating the specific cause. Warm compresses and good hygeine can also help, but see your doctor to discuss options. ...Read more
How can I prevent herpes from going to my genitals? I have a cold sore and I masturbated with saliva- can it transfer? Help!!
Stay healthy: Herpes outbreaks can occur for a number of reasons, as well as for no apparent reason. The key is keeping your immune system as healthy as possible. This includes reducing stress, eating in a healthy manner, avoiding other illnesses, exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep, and many other "healthy" things. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No medication: Unfortunately, there has been no approved medication to use in people infected with hpv to prevent outbreaks. So far, only actual lesions can be treated. There is hpv vaccination available, though, which is most useful in those who are not infected, however, it can be used in those who are infected, although, it doesn't guarantee 100% efficacy in either group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exposure/ effect: Genital warts are a non issue while u are pregnant as baby will be protected from the germ by the bag of waters (fetal membranes). After the water breaks, you have some risk baby can acquire the wart germ and get genital warts or vocal cord warts. Some moms have chosen to have c-section delivery to avoid this possibility. Having these warts does not place your baby at risk of birth defects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lysine: Some studies have found that taking lysine on a regular basis may help prevent outbreaks of cold sores and genital herpes. Lysine has antiviral effects by blocking the activity or arginine, which promotes hsv replication. Side effects can be diarrhea, kidney failure abdominal pain and nephritis. ...Read more
Which medicine or cream or powder should i use to prevent itching in genital area? Thanks for help
Depends: Depends on the cause. An exam will indicate the best therapy. ...Read more
Is it mandatory for a female to shave in their genital area? Or is it ok to go without shaking to prevent bumps?
No need to shave: There is absolutely nothing wrong with pubic hair. It's just hair. Perfectly good hygiene can be achieved by properly rinsing in all the skin folds that girls and women have, hair or no hair. For some unknown reason, so many cultures across the globe have issues with pubic hair. It's just hair. Shaving it is fine too (but takes continuing work, and it can be itchy as it grows back out). ...Read more
Why does liquid chlorophyll work for genital odor that smells like onions but not capsule form? How does the liquid form work to prevent the odor?
Neither : It is not likely that either chlorophyll will work to prevent genital odor. First step is to be tested for bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis as these can both cause an abnormal odor. ...Read more
If one had genital warts and had electrocautery, how can he prevent the genital warts from recurring?
Cannot: Once you have hpv the virus is likely to stay around for long time periods (lifetime) whether or not there are warts present. If the hpv was one of the types which make you prone to developing uterine cancer you should receive the vaccine. Discuss this with the gynecologist. Good luck. ...Read more
How can I prevent contracting genital herpes from another woman if we decide to become sexually active?
I have been diagnosed with genital herpes. What am i prohibited to do or eat to prevent symptoms or skin breakouts?
Try to avoid stress: There aren't any foods or activities that are known to cause a herpes outbreak. However, living a low-stress life may help. That means eating the foods one can feel happy about eating, and doing the activities one can feel happy about doing. If needed, one can ask a primary care doctor for daily antiviral preventive therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily to prevent possible future outbreaks and transmission even if genital hsv1 is considered very mild?
Depends: There is significant variability on who suppressive therapy for HSV may be instituted. But usually the choice to start a daily medication for suppressive purposes is based on the frequency of outbreaks and severity. So this should be a shared decision between you and your healthcare provider. Hopefully this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone has genital herpes type2, does he have antibodies that protect him and prevent him from later getting type2 sores elsewhere on his body?
No: Having a herpes infection in one part of your body does not prevent you from getting another herpes infection somewhere else. Herpes is a rather unique virus in that it "hides" in your nervous system and then "sneaks out" to cause sores on the surface. In so doing, it is fairly well protected from our immune system, which is why it can be difficult to treat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer