Herpes is a viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). It causes lesions in the genitals, lips, oral mucosa, and face. The symptoms include blisters, ulcers, cold sores, vaginal discharge, and pain on urinating.

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I have no STD symptoms. Should I still get tested before I meet my wife?

Query: Hello doctor, Due to work, I have been away from my wife for more than two years. I had a few sexual encounters with sex workers here. I had unprotected oral sex and protected vaginal sex twice last year, protected oral sex and protected vaginal sex once last year, unprotected oral sex and protected...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. First of all, ideally speaking, I feel tests are the need of the hour, as there are unprotected sexual encounters (oral sex) with high-risk individuals (commercial sex workers). Considering the future implications of...  Read Full »

I tested for HSV six weeks after the possible exposure, and the results were negative. Should I go for a retest?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a test on day-42 (exact six weeks) post a possible exposure. The result shows HSV 1 and 2 IgM antibody (Serum, EIA). Result: Negative (0.64). Associated tests were HSV 1 and 2,  western blot IgM and IgG. What exactly is this test looking for? Only IgM, or both IgM as well as I...  Read Full »

Dr. G.s.s. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Enzyme Immuno Assay (EIA) is a type of ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay). The test usually does not give positive results until about six weeks after exposure. The gold standard test would be a viral culture. If that is not available then, a western blot is rec...  Read Full »

I am having itchy pubic area and after scratching there is bleeding but no other symptoms. Is it herpes or folliculitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to ask about two lesions for which I will upload photos. In the first to the third photo, the pubic area was initially itchy, so I checked it after scratching, and there was blood. After wiping the blood, I took a picture. There are no other symptoms. The next photos are from th...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The lesions are bacterial folliculitis. These are not related to herpes in any way. Folliculitis is caused by bacterial infection in most of the cases and staphylococcus aureus is the common bacteria responsible for it. The lesions with pus...  Read Full »

I have an inflamed skin rash on the right side of my torso with radiating pain around the area. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an inflamed skin rash on my torso's right side, probably from an insect or bug bite. The pain is radiating around the area. It started about six days ago. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have Herpes zoster, a viral infection. First, check your PPBS (postprandial blood sugar) and creatinine value. If these are within normal range, take: 1) Tablet Valacyclovir 1 gm three times a day for one week. 2) Drink lots of fluids. 3) Ointment T-bact (Mupi...  Read Full »

Can HSV positive cause abortion?

Query: Hi doctor, Myself and my wife got tested for chromosome test as my wife had failed premature delivery. The test result indicates that we are HSV IgG positive, CMV and rubella positive. Please suggest me.  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This indicates that TORCH infections (toxoplasmosis, other - syphilis, etc., rubella, cytomegalovirus and herpes) might have caused the premature delivery or stillbirth. HSV (herpes simplex virus) causes herpes, CMV is cytomegalovirus and rubella is another vira...  Read Full »

I have red patches with burning sensation on my pubic area. Is it herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am sharing some images with you. These two patches were light pink in color and had just a weird bumpy texture. After I shaved over them, they are both very red, give a burning sensation, and look like actual sores. I do not know what they are. Does this look like an STD? I am scared...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. I have gone through the details you presented and the image shared by you (The images have been removed to protect the patient's privacy). Although it looks like herpes, and hence you may consider having an ST...  Read Full »

Can hot springs cause skin irritation?

Query: Hi doctor,I have skin sores due to the hot springs, so I used Mupirocin cream. I have attached the picture. Now I feel better as it is healing.  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.From the image attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it looks like a bacterial infection. Mupirocin ointment is a very good choice of topical antibiotic. Are the lesions painful, itchy, or foul-smelling with discharge? Before the lesion, was th...  Read Full »

Can red bumps at the back of tongue be due to herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have red bumps at the back area of my tongue. Could this be oral herpes? I received unprotected blowjob a week back. As such, is it possible to get oral herpes although I was the one receiving the blowjob and did not engage in any kissing with my sexual partner?  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and from what you have mentioned it does not seem to be herpes infection on the back of your tongue. Those red bumps are they painful? Do you have swallowing difficulties? If not then those are your taste buds, they are present in every one. Wo...  Read Full »

Does oral or genital herpes show symptoms like bloody blisters in mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been getting sores and things that look like blood blisters in my mouth for around six months. I had a swab test and blood work was done to rule out HSV. It came back negative. However, there is still a chance it could be HSV as it takes three to six months to show up in your b...  Read Full »

Dr. G.s.s. Sandeep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your concern may be oral lichen planus which is an autoimmune issue which is treatable. Or this can be aphthous stomatitis which are oral ulcers and they are also treatable. They flare due to low immunity of any reason, low iron in the blood, B12 deficiency, stress, ove...  Read Full »

Is the growth near my vagina indicate an STD?

Query: Hello doctor,I have noticed an outgrowth near my vagina. When I consulted a doctor, she suggested it could be genital warts. We did the STD test for HPV and it came negative. But, I am so scared. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please attach the reports and photos of the complaint. Revert with more information consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/obstetrician-and-gynaecologist  Read Full »

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