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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?

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 more

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As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more


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Prevent ingrown hairs on armpits & genitals after shaving.. And how to identify. Are they dangerous??

Prevent ingrown hairs on armpits & genitals after shaving.. And how to identify. Are they dangerous??

Not dangerous: Using a sharp razor is helpful to prevent ingrown hairs. Also not saving your genitals is a good idea. You could consider laser or electrolysis to decrease the need for shaving and the risk of ingrown hairs. ...Read more

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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.

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

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How can I prevent myself from genital herpes to get more outbreaks ?

How can I prevent myself from genital herpes to get more outbreaks ?

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 more

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What medication is used to treat genital warts to prevent outbreaks?

What medication is used to treat genital warts to prevent outbreaks?

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 more

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How effective are condoms in preventing the spread of genital herpes?

How effective are condoms in preventing the spread of genital herpes?

About 70%: Most sexually transmitted diseases are transmitted by body fluids. On the other hand herpes is located on the skin of penis and also scrotum, groin, etc. So the condoms will prevent about 70-80% of the cases. ...Read more

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Can genital warts prevent me from having a normal baby?

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 more

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Does eating raw garlic prevent genital warts from appearing??

Does eating raw garlic prevent genital warts from appearing??

No: Garlic will not prevent genital warts. There is vaccine that protects from most genital warts and cervical cancer. Please take HPV vaccine. The only way raw garlic will prevent genital warts is by eating lost of it and having such bad breath that you will have no sexual partner! ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent getting genital warts from my partner?

Barrier protection: Condoms could be helpful but your partner should get them removed. ...Read more

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I heard that lysine is good to prevent genital herpes outbreaks, how do I use it?

I heard that lysine is good to prevent genital herpes outbreaks, how do I use it?

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

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Is it mandatory for a female to shave in their genital area? Or is it ok to go without shaking to prevent bumps?

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

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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?

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

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If I am dating someone who has genital herpes, how can I prevent getting the disease?

If I am dating someone who has genital herpes, how can I prevent getting the disease?

Condoms: It has been shown that if you are very careful and avoid contact during "known "infective periods still 10% will transmit hsv.My best answer: have partner start Valtrex (valacyclovir) treatment daily. ...Read more

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If one had genital warts and had electrocautery, how can he prevent the genital warts from recurring?

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

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I have been diagnosed with genital herpes. What am i prohibited to do or eat to prevent symptoms or skin breakouts?

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 more

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Should I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily to prevent possible future outbreaks and transmission even if genital hsv1 is considered very mild?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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