Top 20 Doctor insights on: Why does herpes exist

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I am curious if herpes exist then shouldn't prostitutes and porn stars have the worst outbreaks?

I am curious if herpes exist then shouldn't prostitutes and porn stars have the worst outbreaks?

Let's think: Herpes 2 really exists. You may be skeptical because there so many people warning you about so many things -- often with no basis -- but this one's worth heeding. The severity of a person's infection depends only on their physiology, not the frequency or intensity of exposure. And sex workers tend to be more careful about avoid sexually transmitted diseases than other folks. Be careful out there. ...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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If I reacted badly to a couple herpes medications, what other treatments exist?

If I reacted badly to a couple herpes medications, what other treatments exist?

What medications?: The standard drugs for herpes are acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir. Side effects are rare with all of them, and it is especially rare to "react badly". They are among the safest drugs that exis, for any medical condition. Most likely you can continue the same treatment. Contact the doctor or clinic that prescribed the medication to discuss your symptoms and the best treatment. ...Read more

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Where do herpes simplex exist in the body and how does it reproduce?

Lips nose chin: Cold sores (also called fever blisters.) groups of fluid-filled blisters that often erupt around the lips and sometimes under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 and are very contagious. The initial infection (primary herpes) may be confused with a cold or flu and can cause painful lesions to erupt throughout the mouth. Once a person is infected wi. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Where exactly do herpes simplex exist in the body and how does it reproduce?

Please help docs! Where exactly do herpes simplex exist in the body and how does it reproduce?

Intracellular: The herpes virus lives inside nerve cells. It reproduces by becoming a part of the cells own dna and then using that dna to replicate the virus. It is a lifelong infection because the body's immune system cannot clear the virus from inside the nerve cells. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

Virus family: Herpes is a family of viruses characterized by small blister-like (vesicles) rash & by staying in the body until triggered again. Most common ones are herpes simplex I & ii which cause cold sores and genital sores. Chickenpox is a herpes virus that can reappear later in life as shingles. Epstein-barr & cytomegalovirus, roseola virus, & cause of kaposi's sarcoma are all herpes viruses. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

Virus infection: Herpes is a family of various viruses that can be responsible for different diseases. Herpes simplex causes the typical cold or fever blister on the lips and face. Herpes varicella zoster is reponsible for chicken pox, and then can cause shingles. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

A family of viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

A family of viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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Signs of herpes?

Signs of herpes?

Painful ulcers: Genital herpes is a viral infection that most commonly presents w/ painful sores or ulcers in the genital area (boxer short distribution). Outbreak can start as pain & itching. There may be small red bumps or tiny white blisters. Some pts have pain w/ urinating, recurrent vaginal irritation, painful lymph nodes in groin, pain down leg. Inital outbreak may feel like flu. Sometimes no symptoms. ...Read more

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Types of herpes?

Types of herpes?

8 in humans: There are 25 known herpes viruse, 8 of which infect humans. The types are: 1, cold sores; 2 genital herpes; ebv mononucleosis; CMV causes retinitis in hiv; varicella causes chickenpox and shingles; herpes virus 6 causes roseola; and herpes virus 8 causes kaposi's sarcoma. ...Read more

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Is herpes serious?

Is herpes serious?

It depends: Herpes simplex infections in healthy people are usually localized to the area of infection. In people with weakened immune systems herpes can be serious, causing not only skin infections but also potentially infecting other organs.

Herpes infections in newborn babies can be very serious and have lifelong consequences or even causing death. ...Read more

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Symptoms of herpes?

Symptoms of herpes?

Herpes Symptoms: The virus starts to multiply when it gets into the skin cells. The skin becomes red and sensitive, and soon afterward, one or more blisters or bumps appear. The blisters first open, scab over, and then heal as new skin tissue forms. During a first outbreak, the area is usually painful and may itch, burn or tingle. Flu-like symptoms are also common: swollen glands, headache, muscle aches, fever. ...Read more

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Can herpes be cured?

Can herpes be cured?

No: Herpes simplex virus, like all members of this group of viruses, acts like a squatter. Sets up shop in your body and remains there for the rest of your life, although you may never have symptoms. ...Read more

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How did I get herpes?

How did I get herpes?

From someone else: You get herpes from someone else who has it. Hsv-2 is usually transmitted sexually. Hsv-1, the cause of cold sores, is often acquired earlier in life through close personal contact that isn't sexual. ...Read more

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How to remove herpes?

How to remove herpes?

You don't!: The acquisition of herpes 1 or 2 is permanent and the viruses are spread by vaginal/anal and oral interocurse, and kissing. If you have herpes, you can prevent the spead by taking acyclovir, famvir, (famciclovir) or valtex! ...Read more

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How can herpes spread?

Contact: Herpes is spread from skin-to-skin contact when someone has active blisters. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Idk if I have herpes?

Cultures can help: HSV1 and HSV2 have similar morphology and natural history. Recurrent small grouped vesicles occurring on a reddened base, usually painful and found on the oral lips and genital areas are the most common symptoms. About 85% of the pop has HSV1 and 25+% have HSV2. Genital herpes may also be due to HSV1. Viral cultures and blood tests, antibody tests, are positive. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can you get herpes?

How can you get herpes?

From herpes viruses: A person can get herpes from another person's fresh herpes sores. The other person may have sores on his or her genitals, lips, fingers, etc..., and transmit viruses by touching the uninfected person. Sometimes, infected persons can transmit herpes even when they don't have visible fresh herpes sores, so prevention is not always possible. Most adults have had oral herpes, as it is so common. ...Read more