Herpes

What is Herpes?

Herpes is a viral disease from the herpesviridae family caused by both Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores or fever blisters, is an infection of the face or mouth.

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hi, I am a 40 year old male, have a history of poly-drug use. Following a big new years I have an outbreak of oral herpes. Also had ear and jaw pain and spasms beneath my right eye. In addition I have felt weak and lethargic since. The more I write the more I doubt that I actually have a query; are all these things probably related? Should I see a doctor and how important is it to abstain from drinking whilst in this predicament. Also on dexamphetamin
and methadone program. Would either of these likely complicate possible facial nerve issues?

doctor1 MD

Thank you for your question.
As you have mentioned that you have an episode of oral herpes,the symptoms which you have mentioned are related to oral herpes.
Abstinence from alcohol is always a good practice when your body's immune system is low.
Kindly consult your physician for treatment of oral...

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Acne or Herpes?! Hi Dr.! I have Herpes from my ex-boyfriend. Since then, I started taking 1500 mg of Lysine & "Emergen-C" vitamin pack everyday just to prevent those horrible outbreak. During outbreak, I take 3000 mg of Lysine & 2 packs of Emergen-C, & use salt to clean that area. I'm not sure if I'm having Herpes cuz I have lack of sleep lately & I just have period. However, the pump that I have that around my lip got dried up with a bit redness on the 3rd day (today). It looks like a pimple to me but there's no cut. I squeezed it yesterday & it looked like whitehead. I'm really worry if that is Herpes cuz I just kissed my boyfriend & I hope he didn't get it. Please help me, thank u! RY

P.S. Also, I don't know if Lysine & Emergen-C vitamin really help me preventing those outbreak. People from online said it works, but to me, it's more like 50/50...

doctor1 MD

Hi Dear,

Welcome to HCM.

Understanding your concern. As per your query you have symptoms of acne outbreak which could be multifactorial. Need no to worry. It could be due to herpes infection, allergic reaction, hormonal changes, stress and change in lifestyle at times. I would suggest you to...

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I'm a 38 year old male with Genital Herpes (2years). Last weekend I met a woman and had unprotected sex with her. For 2 years I've avoided relationships and now I am worried that this woman may have picked up something even though I have no symptoms currently. I am thinking about telling her next week so she can get checked out. I feel like the worst person in the world. I'm afraid that if we end up having a relationship she will eventually get it too. What is your experience of this Dr?

doctor1 MD

Dear,

Thanks for posting your query.

I UNDERSTAND your concern about your sexual partner.

There are many many husbands with Genital Herpes living with their spouse without infecting them.

As you have currently no symptoms there are very little chance for your partner to acquire the infection....

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Hi, I've been diagnosed with ocular herpes simplex in my left eye. The doctor has put me on steroidal eye drops for the past 2 months but I am still experiencing some hazy vision in my left eye. My question is will this ever completely clear and my vision return to normal?

doctor1 MD

ocular herpes if not treated properly has a tedency to form corneal opacities. please get youself examined and get treated if there is any opacity

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Hi, 4 months ago I was diagnosed with Genital herpes and was treated for this. About a month ago I noticed that the head of my penis had brown discolouration under the skin and when I masturbate the skin becomes very dry. I have also been diagnosed with 2nd degree haemorrhoids. WHen my haemorrhoids are sore I have been iching between the legs and pain around my testicles. I have booked an appointment with the Urologist . What are the questions I should be asking?

doctor1 MD

hi
welcome to HCM
For genital herpes very good medicines are available plus you need to take some precautions which needs to be discussed personally.
For haemorrhoids first option is medical therapy if there is too much of a problem injection therapy can be given.
Surgical option is last if above...

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If I have soarse in my mouth but never on my lips. I have genital herpes for more than 20 yrs but have never had a lip lesion after giving oral sex to a girl friend I discovered a pimple on my tongue ever since all kinds of cancer soars come and go little lumps on the inside of my mouth right side all the time is this oral herpes, or something else?
This happened 5 yrs ago haven,t kissed anybody or made out since to scared to pass this on . Feel like I am going to give up on ever having another relationship as long as I live

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Welcome to HCM.
Genital herpes is caused by HSV2 and it never causes lesion elsewhere in the body other than in and around anus ans genitals. At the same time oral Herpes (HSV1) infection can occur to anybody and not necessarily transmitted be sex contact and co-exists in presence of Genital...

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Hello my name is XXXXXXX. I have suffered from regular outbreaks of genital herpes for 20 years. I have decided to try and be proactive with it.

Do you have any recommendations for preventative medicine / measure and also treatments to lessen the severity and term of the outbreaks.

Many thanks in advance

doctor1 MD

Hi XXXXXXX

Thank you for the query,

Genital herpes is because of the HSV 2 infection and it does lead to recurrent attacks.The best way to suppress it is by taking the suppressive dose of acyclovir.It is recommended that if one has more than 6 attacks in a year then one can take a suppressive...

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My 5 year daughter has told me her stomach hurts once or twice a day for two weeks. It hasn t stop her from doing any physical activity she still attends tumbling class, and play normally. She has said a few time it hurts to go to the bathroom (bowel movement). She also fever blister on lips and in mouth. This morning she threw up several times and started to wet the bed last night.

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Is it possible to contract HSV-1 on the genitals from a person who has zero symptoms and hasn't had an active cold sore in years? What does herpes look like?

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