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When Is Herpes No Longer Contagious
About how long before seeing herpes lesions do you start being contagious? Like if you wake up with it how long had you been contagious leading up it?
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
Is your herpes less contagious because your virus sheds less, the longer you have had it. Is this true?
When is a cold sore lesion no longer contagious? I know herpes can be transmitted regardless, but want to know when an actual cold sore is ok.
Is it true, the longer you have genital herpes the less contagious you are over time and on meds? And the most contagious one would be is when they have active legions?
Genital herpes: As you're likely aware, people with genital HSV may be shedding infectious virus and not be aware of it. How often this happens varies. In general, yes, active lesions have lots of virus and are infectious; viral shedding may lessen over time and is less when on antiviral meds. However, this might differ for various reasons. Using condoms consistently & antiviral meds reduce HSV transmission risk. ...Read more
How long does herpes whitlow last? Had a blister on my finger for 3 weeks now. It doesn't hurt it feels funny. Could this not be whitlow? Contagious?
Herpes simplex: This is a little long for the duration of a herpetic whitlow, and these are more often than not quite painful and almost invariably tender. The finger is often red and swollen. Sound as if you should have this examined and diagnosed professionally. Good luck. ...Read more
Crusted over: I would consider it contagious until it is dried up - usually a week ...Read more
When is a cold sore no longer contagious? I know herpes is always there but when is a lesion "safe"? Is it after the scab has fallen off?
How contagious is genital herpes? Is there any treatment that will suppress genital herpes for a long period of time? I just want to know how contagious genital herpes is. Also I want to know if there are any treatments to suppress hsv2 for a long period
Hello.: Hello. If you have active disease it is very contagious. If you have sores you should not have sex. Even if a condom is used it might not adequately prevent contact with all of the lesions. Remember that herpes can be spread even when there aren't active lesions. Regarding suppression, some people with frequent outbreaks receive daily medication (i.e., acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir). ...Read more
Until it's gone: Herpetic lesions are contagious as long as you can see any sign of the actual sore. There is no specific time frame, though commonly they resolve in about 10-14 days. Be very careful until completely resolved. ...Read more
Yes: Genital herpes can easily spread between partners avoiding genital/genital or oral/genital contact with an infected partner is key. Because it is so common, it is a good bet that your partner has it, as well. If, after testing, you both have genital herpes, it is less of a concern. Valtrex (valacyclovir) has been shown to reduce transmission between partners and to a newborn. ...Read more
Is there anything such as herpes 2nd dimension? If there is. Is it contagious? What are the symptoms? Is there a cure to this?
Yes it is.: You might want to use an antiviral medication - see your physician for this. ...Read more
Some viral shedding: Although the chance of transmission is highest during an active outbreak, there is still a very small chance of transmitting/spreading the infection without outbreak as some viral shedding occurs all the time. If you have frequent outbreak, consult your doc for suppressive treatment as there are quite a few options available these days. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: There are several human herpes viruses. All cause initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. When dormant, some are not contagious, like varicella zoster virus (causes chickenpox and shingles) or Epstein Barr virus (mononucleosis). Herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, which cause oral and genital herpes, often are contagious even when dormant, but only by close or intimate contact. ...Read more
Friend argues that because she never gave it to anyone else before, she's not contagious. But isn't herpes contagious no matter what?
A friend of mine was bitten and now is on antivirals in case simian herpes b. What can we do or look for for her and is it contagious between humans?
Symptoms start: And as soon as 7 days with flu like symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches and general feelings of being ill. There may be blisters that form near the site of the bite, but not always. Unfortunately, the B virus can affect the spinal cord or brain, and then there could be change in sensation, balance problems and paralysis. Human transmission is rare. Prophylactic meds decrease risk of nerve damage. ...Read more
During the crusting stage of herpes, its very contagious. But what if the person is taking medication? Still as contagious as it would be if they weren't
Herpes: It sure sounds like you are operating on old information about herpes. If one has herpes they are always contagious, whether they have a sore or not. The rate of viral shedding, however, is unpredictable and untestable. If you have any viral shedding now your contagiousness will be about 50% reduced if you are on medications. ...Read more
Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and wasn't vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract and is rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...Read more
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