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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & Herpes Simplex ...Read more


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What does a herpes rash look land feel like?

What does a herpes rash look land feel like?

Blisters/ulcers: A herpetic rash usually
begins with a 'premonition' or a burning sensation. One or more small blisters and redness follow (this is the rash). The blisters can rupture producing more rash or ulcers on the skin.
This can heal in 10-14 days or may continue for longer than that. ...Read more

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Can herpes simplex cause rashes instead of blisters?

Can herpes simplex cause rashes instead of blisters?

Yes: Yes, classic lesions are blisters, but I have seen it cause anything from rashes to bullae (large fluid-filled blisters). However, it is important to evaluate other causes of rash and not just assuming it would be hsv, as it would be an atypical presentation. ...Read more

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Rashes on hands could be herpes simplex, what can I do?

Rashes on hands could be herpes simplex, what can I do?

Rashes: Hand rashes could be from many other causes such as contact dermatitis, allergic reaction to soup, other chemicals or eczema. See a doctor if you have recent close contact with someone known to have active herpes infection or if the rash persists! ...Read more

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Does a herpes rash go away in 2 days because I had a rash on my penis head with little bumps but with warm water went away? Could it have been herpes

Does a herpes rash go away in 2 days because I had a rash on my penis head with little bumps but with warm water went away? Could it have been herpes

Unlikely: The lesions associated with genital herpes usually last 2-4 weeks with initial infection and 10-14 days with recurrences. The small bumps you describe were likely related to irritation and prominence of the many sebaceous glands on the head of the penis (fordyce spots), or possibly a mild fungal/yeast infection, or possibly a reaction to a spermicidal, lubricant, condom, or other irritant. ...Read more

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How long does herpes rash last?

Herpes simplex: Typically from 7-10 days but this can be quite variable with the individual infected. ...Read more

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Can a herpes rash disappear in a day?

Can a herpes rash disappear in a day?

Too soon: Second reply: misread your question at first, thought you asked if rash could APPEAR in a day, not diseappear. Sorry. Herpes doesn't really cause a rash, but sores: blisters become pimples then open sores then heal, all over 7-14 days. A herpes problem cannot clear up entirely in only a day, unless it actually started several days earlier and wasn't noticed at first. ...Read more

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Can a herpes rash disappear in a day or two?

Can a herpes rash disappear in a day or two?

Not likely.: Herpetic lesions like most sores take longer than a week to heal. However, there are medications on the market that are called antiviral medications that may reduce the discomfort during the flair. ...Read more

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Can it be a herpes rash or not? How can you tell?

Can it be a herpes rash or not? How can you tell?

Location, pain etc.: Herpes hurts! If it is a painful rash made up of little blisters on a red base, this may be herpes, particularly if it is on your lip or genital area. Zoster, or shingles, can look similar and affect one side of the body, usually in a "streak" pattern. See a doctor for further work up to be sure/. ...Read more

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Is this a herpes rash or just an rash? How can I tell?

Is this a herpes rash or just an rash? How can I tell?

Location, pain etc.: Herpes hurts! If it is a painful rash made up of little blisters on a red base, this may be herpes, particularly if it is on your lip or genital area. Zoster, or shingles, can look similar and affect one side of the body, usually in a "streak" pattern. See a doctor for further work up to be sure/. ...Read more

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Herpes, rash, warts, or what is this?

Herpes, rash, warts, or what is this?

Anything: If you want the answer, let us know what your symptoms are. ...Read more

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Can I get a herpes rash on my cheek?

Can I get a herpes rash on my cheek?

Yes: Herpes spreads by contact. It is not unusual for a cold sore to spread to other parts of the face by touch or saliva, such as to the chin, cheek and nose. It can even spread to the eyes. Be careful to wash after you touch a sore to avoid spreading the infection. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a herpes rash?

What is the treatment for a herpes rash?

Herpes rash: Antiviral cream or oral antiviral medications can be given, please consult your doctor.
http://www. Dermnetnz. Org/topics/herpes-simplex/ ...Read more

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How can I make a herpes rash all over body go away?

How can I make a herpes rash all over body go away?

Herpes simplex: Either you have chickenpox (herpes zoster), you are profoundly immunosuppressed or this is not due to herpes simplex. This seldom if ever produces a total body eruption. ...Read more

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Is herpes rash contagious? Specifically what kind of skin to skin contact will spread herpes?

Is herpes rash contagious? Specifically what kind of skin to skin contact will spread herpes?

Herpes: It is still contagious even after the lesions have healed and they don't look like they are there, although when there are vesicles with fluid in them it is more contagious any kind of skin to skin contact can spread herpes. Asymptomatic people infected with hsv1 or hsv2 can still transmit the virus. The virus replicates on mucocutaneous surfaces and infects sensory nerve terminals and nucl. ...Read more

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How big can your herpes simplex rash be?

How big can your herpes simplex rash be?

Smaller than a coin: It is usually small enough that a dime would cover the entire thing. It can spread though. It can cover the entire body if there are lots of breaks in the skin or a suppressed immune system. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a herpes rash on my scalp??

How do I get rid of a herpes rash on my scalp??

Herpes zoster?: "Herpes rash" the scalp probably is herpes zoster (shingles), not herpes simplex. If a doctor diagnosed it, s/he probably prescribed standard treatment like valacyclovir, and maybe also a corticosteroid like prednisone. If not, contact the doctor. If this is self diagnosed and you haven't seen a doctor, do it ASAP for proper care -- the sooner the better for effective treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell the difference between a herpes rash and a shingles rash by looking at it? It's on my outer right thigh and I have a lot of soreness

Can you tell the difference between a herpes rash and a shingles rash by looking at it? It's on my outer right thigh and I have a lot of soreness

Location: Dear WDyer, both can look similar, actually. Shingles tends to happen on the skin versus herpes, tends to happen in the border of soft skin and regular skin (like the lips or the genitals). Shingles tends to be extremely painful, but severity can vary. Outer right location suggest more Shingles. I would suggest a formal consult to confirm or to visit your doctor. ...Read more

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I've got a rash on my forehead between my eyes and on my nose. Is that a typical symptom of herpes simplex?

I've got a rash on my forehead between my eyes and on my nose. Is that a typical symptom of herpes simplex?

No: The most common condition affecting these areas in the way you describe is rosacea. You could also have shingles (zoster). Check with your ophthalmologist to rule out or treat these conditions. H simplex usually causes a very localized wet blistery lesion on the skin rather than a rash. ...Read more

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I have herpes simplex 1. What does herpes on tongue look like?

I have herpes simplex 1. What does herpes on tongue look like?

Red or white halo: Often herpes simplex cause a red or white halo around an ulcerated area on the tongue. It starts as a blister and after the blister pops you see the red or white halo around the ulcerated area. ...Read more

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I read online that herpes occurs as rash. Cuts. Or sores then I read that herpes is just sores? . what's the truth? What doesit look like? Feel like?

Blisters: Herpes viruses cause a series of skin lesions. The rash starts out as small bumps then develop into blisters that are very painful. In fact, the pain can even start before the rash. The blisters then open and turn into sores that crust over. If you do not scratch or pick at them they usually heal up without scarring. ...Read more

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Can heat rash look like herpes on baby?

Can heat rash look like herpes on baby?

No: Herpes is a group of blisters. The blisters are usually in a small area, but rarely could be spread over a large area. Heat rash looks like red prickly bumps covering the area that got too warm. ...Read more

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I have perinium itching and small smooth rash. Dr. said it didn't look like warts. It's lasted a few weeks. It's not herpes.

I have perinium itching and small smooth rash. Dr. said it didn't look like warts. It's lasted a few weeks. It's not herpes.

Genital skin rash: There are many causes of genital area rash. Most are not STDs. Some are problems that occur primarily in the genital area, and others can occur anywhere and happen to involve the genital area. Since your doctor apparently doesn't know, see a dermatologist. You can also google "genital skin rash images" for photos to compare with your rash. A "smooth" patch might be lichen planus. ...Read more

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I have a rash in my pubic area it doesn't look like herpes I don't think but still I'm freaking out is it a STD or am I just fine and its a rash?

See doctor: Herpes usually presents as blisters or painful sores. There are many rashes that occur in the pubic region such as eczema, contact dermatitis, candida (yeast), intertrigo, irritant dermatitis, fixed drug eruption, seborrheic dermatitis. Best to see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Does herpes look like jock itch? Could it look like a skin yeast infection? Dr. thinks I have jock itch. But rash has been in bikini line for 2months.

Does herpes look like jock itch? Could it look like a skin yeast infection? Dr. thinks I have jock itch. But rash has been in bikini line for 2months.

For sure not herpes: No doctor is likely to mix up herpes with the kind of rash caused by jock itch (or its equivalent in women). And herpes outbreaks never last 2 months -- each outbreak always clears up entirely within a couple weeks. There is no chance this is herpes. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex act like hiv?

Could herpes simplex act like hiv?

No: Hiv and herpes are not the same and their manifestations are not similar. They are often found together however and in general, herpetic infections tend to cause much more severe symptoms when a patient also has hiv. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the classification of herpes simplex?

Please help! What is the classification of herpes simplex?

It is a virus: Which can be sexually transmitted. Herpes simplex virus 1 is most often seen with cold sores (oral) ; herpes simplex 2 is most often seen w genitalia. ...Read more

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What cream should be used for herpes simplex?

Zovirax (acyclovir): You can use zovirax (acyclovir) cream for hsv but oral antivirals are more effective. ...Read more

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Is it ok to kiss someone else that has herpes simplex?

Herpes simplex: If you have not been previously exposed to the herpes simplex virus ; the person is not taking antiviral medications - the infection may be transmitted to you. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent herpes simplex from showing?

Is there a way to prevent herpes simplex from showing?

Yes: With time, outbreaks generally become less frequent and less lengthy. Anti-herpes meds have been shown to further reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Valtrex (valacyclovir) additionally has been shown to reduce the risk of transmission to an unaffected partner. Improving your overall health will keep your immune system in top shape- that can help reduce the outbreaks as well. ...Read more

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So the bf has herpes simplex 1, what are my risks from this?

So the bf has herpes simplex 1, what are my risks from this?

Viral: Illnesses can pretty much all be transmitted and this one is no different. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the chances I have herpes simplex 2?

Ever been at risk?: You don't say why you're wondering but you should know that anyone who has had sexual contact with an infected person can contract herpes. Hsv2 usually shows up in the genital area so, be on the lookout for sores, fissures and ulcers. If you want to be sure, a provider can test your blood for antibodies that show you've been exposed and examine you for signs of active disease. Don't pass it on. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex 6?

Human herpesvirus 6: You probably don't mean herpes simplex, but human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6). It's one of 9 human herpesviruses, including herpes simpex virus types 1 and 2, Epstein Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and the numbered HHV series. HHV6 causes the common childhood rash called roseola, or exanthem subitum. There has been controversy about a link to multiple sclerosis, but probably not real. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1?

Cold sores: Hsv! is the name for cold sores that commonly occur on the lips. ...Read more

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How can people get herpes simplex?

HSV - 1 ; 2: The herpes simplex virus-1 is most often the cause of cold sores. It can be spread to the mouth or lips through activities like kissing. It can spread to the genitals by mouth to genital contact or genital to genital contact. Herpes simplex virus -2 can be spread through vaginal, anal ; oral sex. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1 from?

DNA virus: Hs type 1 is produced by a dna virus that commonly passes in the oral secretions or from direct contact with the skin. It is most commonly identified in "cold sores" which are actually a reactivation of a previous hs1 infection. ...Read more

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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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more