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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...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 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

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. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...Read more