Herpes Infection

Herpes infection is a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2, which cause lesions in the genitals, lips, oral mucosa, and face. Some of the symptoms include blisters, ulcers, cold sores, vaginal discharge, and pain on urinating.

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I have a tickling sensation in a healing wound. Is it genital herpes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male, and I suspect genital herpes. There is no pain, but a tickling sensation is felt when the wound heals. Please help me, doctor. Thank you.   Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I will help you with your concern. I went through all the photos you sent (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It does not look like herpes. It seems like folliculitis. Folliculitis, commonly known as a boil, is a bacterial infection. To co...  Read Full »

Do multiple spreading sore-like protrusions around the eyes cause blindness?

Query: Hi doctor, My 4 year old nephew with autism had a swollen right eye four days ago, which turned into infection with multiple sore like protrusions around the eye. It is now spreading to the left eye. The doctors at the children's hospital have no idea what it is, but they have not ruled out herpes. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The condition looks like herpes blepharitis and conjunctivitis. In children, we suggest oral Acyclovir and have to observe his cornea as it may spread to the cornea also. He has to be kept under observation by a pediatric ophthalmologist. Consult your specialist doctor,...  Read Full »

What can I do for the recurrent cold sores on the left side of my lower lips?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been getting cold sores for years now, and they are always in the same place on the left side of my lower lip. Two weeks ago, I just got over a cold sore, and about two days ago, a red bump appeared on my skin, which attaches a little bit at the edge the corner of my mouth. So, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern and examined your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems you have developed infected herpes labialis. I suggest you try using the following: 5 % Acyclovir ointment, twice daily. Mupirocin ointment, twice daily. Tablet ...  Read Full »

Is the HSV test taken after 45 days of exposure conclusive?

Query: Hello doctor, I tested for HSV-1 and HSV-2, serology IgM and IgG after 45 days of possible exposure, and the result is negative. Now I am in the tenth week, and I have had no symptoms so far. Can the 45th-day test be conclusive? or do I need to repeat the test? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Yes, that is almost conclusive. You can remain relaxed. I do not think there is any need to go for more tests. The sensitivity of the test is about 99%, and since you have no symptoms, you are safe. I hope this helps.   Read Full »

A sex worker touched my scrotum for a minute. Will I contract an STD?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with a sex worker. But I cleaned myself up after that. Is there any chance of herpes transmission? A few days back, I had a small pimple kind of thing on my hand, and the doctor said it was a wart. It was surgically removed after a while. I got terrified and asked him whethe...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The chances of transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by the given description is nil. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like herpes simplex virus (HPV) can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, kissing, or penetration. There...  Read Full »

Will not using protection for a short period in oral sex cause HIV transmission?

Query: Hi doctor,I had two encounters with commercial sex workers two months back; I used protection for penetrative sex with both of them, and with one of them, I did not use protection for oral sex for a very short time. To the best of my knowledge, the condom did not break while having penetrative sex. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1)Oral sex carries almost a negligible risk of transmission. The risk of transmission, even if we assume her to be positive, is zero. If she was an active partner during oral sex, saliva could be hostile to the survival of the virus. 2) If the tests came negat...  Read Full »

My partner has herpes 2. Is it possible for me to get herpes 1 as well from her?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner has herpes II. Last time, when I was tested before dating her, I did not have either herpes I or II. Is it possible for me to get herpes I and II from her? Or just herpes II?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. Herpes simplex II is transmitted through sexual contact, and it causes genital herpes. If your girlfriend has herpes II, she can only transfer herpes II and not I. Also, kindly note that about 45 % of the people in your country are alrea...  Read Full »

What is the reason for muscular pain under the shoulders and shingles-like lesions in my body?

Query: Hi doctor, From what was being thought to be muscular inflammation of the back under the shoulder a week ago with constant pain since last week. I have lesions in my body, which look like shingles. I am attaching a photo of these lesions.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your main complaint is pain under shoulder and you are suspecting herpes zoster (shingles). Herpes zoster begins with pain along the affected root of nerve followed by an appearance of the rash. The rash is painful and progresses over 7 to 10 days. The pain starts d...  Read Full »

What medicines should I take to calm the itching in my butt area caused by herpes infection?

Query: Hello doctor,I think I am in the healing phase of herpes infection. I have been having intense itchy in my butt area for the past two weeks. This itching gave me a lot of discomfort, and I could not even sleep as it happens more at night. I took two doses back to back since I have had two outbreaks ...  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Yes, you can take medicines to reduce your itching. But before that, I would like to know if you have any medical conditions causing repeated bouts of herpes.Thanks.  Read Full »

What is the reason for testicular pain and my body feeling hot after unprotected sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a complete panel and RNA PCR tests after 53 days of unprotected vaginal sex. The results were negative, except HSV-1 was reactive. So, I went to meet my doctor with the reports, who told me to get an HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibody fourth generation test. The results were negative again. B...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The test kits used to diagnose HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) are highly sensitive and specific. It gives accurate results. You can surely rely on your 53-day result. The majority of people who are infected with HIV, develop HIV antibodies by 4 to 6 weeks of exposu...  Read Full »

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