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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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Can HSV infect my child with atopic dermatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about HSV 1 and 2 and their infectious ability on surfaces outside the host. My sister has a cold sore and keeps touching everything without washing her hands. My child has atopic dermatitis. I fear him contracting an infection with HSV that can be life-threatening. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. The herpes simplex virus in a cold sore is contagious. It can spread to others by kissing, sharing cups or utensils, sharing washed clothes, or touching the cold sore before it is healed. The virus can also spread ...  Read Full »

I have a sore under my lip. What could this be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore under my lip. I have a history of cold sores and have benefited from capsule Valtrex 2 g twice daily for one day. Can you please suggest me on this? I am currently taking Adderall and daily multivitamin.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. I have seen the photo that you have shared (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). As suggested from the attachment, you are suffering from a skin infection. It is a herpes infection with superadded ...  Read Full »

Can excessive masturbation and sex cause pimple in my penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male, who is in good health. So, here is the story. It first started two weeks ago. My girlfriend thought it would be fun to remove my pubic hair one night. She started the waxing process, but after the first removal strips had been off, I decided I was never going t...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. First of all, I would like to tell you that you only have small bumps over the shaft of the penis. There is no discharge, redness, itching or tingling. Most of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) results in discharge, mild fever, and ...  Read Full »

Should I take Acyclovir medicine for asymptomatic HSV-1 IgG positive results?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I weigh 68 Kg and my height 5'5". I am in a healthy status. History: No episodes of herpes except chickenpox in childhood. No infection of HIV - clinically tested every 6 months since last 7 years. I am straight and only 1 relationship with spouse. Both me and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for providing all the details. I shall answer your questions one by one. 1. As you have mentioned that you do not have any symptoms at the moment, there is no need to take Acyclovir. 2. A repeat test can be done just for your reassurance. Chances of false positi...  Read Full »

I have penis infection with frequent urination. Could the reason be herpes or UTI?

Query: Hi doctor, It appears like an infection. I do not know if it could be a genital herpes outbreak. Can you please give me your opinion about this skin condition that is more visible on my penis glans? My initial outbreak was on the glans. But now more pimples are evident.  Read Full »

Dr. Karthik Rajan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You would have had a previous outbreak of HSV (herpes simplex virus). The current condition does not appear to be an outbreak of the same. It seems to be an exaggerating dermal ...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing inflammation in my genital area, and dry skin after masturbation. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticed inflammation in my genital area, which I just noticed today. I masturbated the day before and have been experiencing dry skin in that area recently. I am concerned that this might be herpes. I will attach a picture for your reference; one of the pictures was taken at hom...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. I have reviewed the pictures you attached (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity), it appears to be genital wart (verrucae) with penile melanosis. I suggest you follow the below mentioned instruction...  Read Full »

How common is it for herpes infection to progress to encephalitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex with my partner about five months back. We both went for HIV tridot tests, VRDL tests, HBsAg tests after four months. All came back negative for both. Our medicine specialist did not advise herpes screening. We both have no lesions or bumps at all. Also, I am to...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you are concerned. Routinely we advise HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), HbsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen), HCV (hepatitis C virus), and VDRL (venereal disease research laboratory test) and Herpes serology for sexually transmitted diseases. Geni...  Read Full »

Is it risky to have sexual intercourse with type 1 herpes patient?

Query: Hi doctor, I just recently started dating a man that informed me he has type 1 herpes. I want to know the risk factors and protective measures I can take if I choose to start a sexual relationship with him.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Type 1 herpes is a sexually transmitted virus. It spreads with contact with an infected person. It can lead to oro-genital infective lesions. To prevent it, avoid any kind of sexual contact with the infected person especially when the person is having active lesions....  Read Full »

I have pain in the groin and upper genital area. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in the groin and upper genital area; the exact location is not known, but I can feel the pain from inside the skin. What are these symptoms? I will attach a picture. When I am under a lot of stress, the groin is very uncomfortable, and I sometimes feel discomfort and throbb...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This area can represent herpes infection as the distribution of pain is superficial, as the exact distribution of herpes pain on the skin. I suggest you check antigen titers, (antiviral treatment if antigen titers are high), and blood test for herpes simplex 1 and 2. If t...  Read Full »

I have sore throat and weight loss. Should I test for STD?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a test for STD and the results came negative for all tests. I received an oral sex from a spa therapist eight weeks ago. I tested for STD at six weeks. But I have a sore throat for one month and there is weight loss. Today I could see tiny rashes on my genitals. I tested again fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern and I have viewed the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Receiving unprotected oral sex though much less of a risk as compared to unprotected vaginal or anal sex, is still not entirely safe. There is a possibility...  Read Full »

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