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What exactly does genital herpes look like?

What exactly does genital herpes look like?

Usually open lesions: With redness around them, but sometimes the skin and introital region can just look red with no lesions, please see your gyn asap for an exam and culture. ...Read more

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What does genital herpes look like? How can I get it properly diagnosed?

What does genital herpes look like? How can I get it properly diagnosed?

Blisters, sores: Mostly superficial blisters that soon become painful open sores, especially on moist tissues. First infection most severe, usually at directly exposed sites (penis, labia, vaginal opening, etc); often fever and inflamed lymph nodes in the groin. Recurrent outbreaks usually mild, no inflamed nodes or fever; may be preceded by neurologic "prodrome" of tingling etc. See a doctor for exam and testing. ...Read more

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What does genital herpes look like? How can I get it properly diagnosed?

Duplicate question: See my reply to the same question you asked under a different username.

If you google genital herpes, you can find lots of photos of typical and atypical herpes outbreaks. ...Read more

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Does genital herpes and folliculitis look a like?

Yes and no: At the beginning they may look alike. Genital herpes will often cluster and form a group of fluid filled vesicles. Folliculitis will form small pus bumps around each hair follicle. ...Read more

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How does genital herpes look like? Please show photo?

Genital herpes: Can have various appearances. This STD is often missed or misdiagnosed because the appearance can vary from the classic cluster of vesicles to no lesion at all! Recurrent HSV is often a single tiny painful area that is swollen and red. If untreated it usually develops into an ulcer but it may be so tiny and hidden in pubic hair that it is never seen. ...Read more

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Have you experienced anything unusual since being diagnosed with genital herpes like tingling when there's nothing there?

Yes: Not that I have personally experienced, but many of my patients have had tingling sensations both prior to the outbreak of active herpes lesions, as well as simply that without subsequently developing lesions. It becomes difficult to attribute those sensations to herpes when no lesions occur, but the presumption is that this can happen. ...Read more

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Docs, what's a genital herpes outbreak like?

Blisters: Genital herpes is associated with a cluster of blisters that show in the genital area that eventually burst, releasing the virus and causing some pain, tenderness and redness at the site of the outbreak. The out break will occur at the same site each time for the rest of the persons life. It is not curable because it is a virus. Medicines are available to help with the symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes genital herpes?

Virus: Caused by herpes virus and spread by skin-to-skin contact. ...Read more

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How common is genital herpes?

...: About 1 in 6 people have genital herpes. The centers for disease control estimates that about 776, 000 people acquire genital herpes each year in the United States. ...Read more

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How can I get genital herpes?

How can I get genital herpes?

...: You can get genital herpes by having sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with someone who has herpes. The virus can be found in the sores, but there does not need to be an open sore to get the virus. This is known as “asymptomatic shedding.” there is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

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How do you get genital herpes?

How do you get genital herpes?

...: You can get genital herpes by having sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with someone who has herpes. The virus can be found in the sores, but there does not need to be an open sore to get the virus. This is known as “asymptomatic shedding.” there is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

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How can I treat genital herpes?

How can I treat genital herpes?

...: Genital herpes can be treated with several different medications including acyclovir, Famciclovir and valacyclovir. Treatment can be offered as the outbreaks occur. But if someone has multiple frequent outbreaks, consideration can be given to suppressive therapy (i.e. Take medication daily to prevent outbreaks). Talk to your doctor about your options. ...Read more

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How do you treat genital herpes?

Treatable, not cured: Genital herpes is caused by various strains of herpes virus which are sexually transmitted. Once in the skin, it cannot be cured, and tends to cause intermittent outbreaks of rash/symptoms. Outbreaks can be shortened/less severe with oral or topical antiviral agents, such as Zovirax. Once daily oral agents can be used long term to prevent or diminish episodes. Safe sex to avoid transmission. ...Read more

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What are signs of genital herpes?

What are signs of genital herpes?

Sx hsv 2: Symptoms could include dysuria, tingling and burning, with or without eruption of blisters, or painful ulcerations. ...Read more

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Genital herpes how can it spread?

Genital herpes how can it spread?

Herpes: Herpes is transmitted skin to skin from the site on your skin where you are infected. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes 1 turn into 2?

Herpes Simplex: 1 ; 2 can both be located either genitally or orally. However, one does not actually morph into the other. ...Read more

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Is type 1 genital herpes painful?

Here are some. ..: The page still shows this Q still unanswered although I did it. So, I repeated; HSV-1 genital herpes can cause itching, sore, and pain as that from HSV-2. More detail? To http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/49176-symptoms-type-genital-herpes/. Best wish.. ...Read more

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Why does some genital herpes hurt?

Why does some genital herpes hurt?

Nerve irritation: All forms of herpes can cause a burning stinging type of pain. Herpes viruses are stored in nerve cell bodies and when activated cause irritation of the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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Can people die from genital herpes?

No it's not fatal: Genital herpes can be painful but no it's not fatal for adults. However, if a pregnant woman has active herpes lesions during her 3rd trimester of pregnancy she may be advised to have a c-section to avoid passing it to the newborn during delivery. Antiviral medications such as Acyclovir and valacyclovir are both considered safe to take during pregnancy and are advised if there is a history. ...Read more

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Could I give myself genital herpes?

Yes: If you have herpes virus and had a sore on your mouth that you were touching, and then touched your genital area with saliva containing the virus, transfer could occur. ...Read more

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How common is having genital herpes?

Very common: One out of five americans are carriers of herpes type 2 antibodies. This means that they have a past exposure to genital herpes. Not all of these will actually have outbreaks or problems. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of genital herpes?

Mnay: First time around you may get systemic symptoms of fever, chills, malaise, an outbreak of numerous blister-like lesions on the genetalia which will rupture and leave very tender and painful ulcers which may last as long as 10-14days. The female genetalia may become swollen and tender to the point that she cannot walk. The man can develop severe swelling which may partially impede free urination. ...Read more

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What does genital herpes look likes?

Clear blisters: Genital herpes has the appearance of blisters on a red base. Generally, these are painful and occurs in clusters. Consult with your doctor if you see these as treatments are available. ...Read more

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Could genital herpes ruin your life?

Having genital: Herpes may require one to adapt some behaviors but should not ruin one's life. ...Read more

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What can be signs of genital herpes?

Sores or cuts: Usually will appear as open cuts or sores. Any questions, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Herdox is it good for genital herpes?

Herdox is it good for genital herpes?

Nope, useless: Any cream or ointment may help herpes lesions feel better. To that extent, Herdox might help a little. But it has no ingredients active against herpes and does not speed healing. Don't waste money on it. The only effective treatments are the anti-herpes drugs acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir, and only by mouth; the ointments don't work well. ...Read more

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What can help genital herpes symptoms?

Not much: You can be treated with antivirals which will help to shorten the duration of active lesions, and capsaicin-containing preparations will help to numb the area after the initial burning they cause, but otherwise, simple pain medications can alleviate some of the discomfort. ...Read more

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How is genital herpes typically spread?

How is genital herpes typically spread?

Sexual contact: Sexual contact with a person with active herpes can spread the infection to a partner, either genitally or orally. Some people have an active lesion and don't know it. If you don't know your partner, use a condom! ...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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more