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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Does herpes infection cause extreme dryness of mouth?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been struggling now with an issue for about a month. Extreme mouth dryness. Something very new to me. I have never had anything like this before. So sore mouth, sore tongue, and very dry. Is the case that I am short on saliva most definitely. I was recently tested for Diabetes ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Dry mouth due to reduced salivary gland secretion. Yes, herpes may be the reason for dryness affecting the glands. Herpes prescription online can be got from your specialist doctor or in our online telemedicine platform. Are you under treatment for hypertension? For... Read Full »
HSV IgM tested on tongue came negative. Need a second opinion. Is there any Suggestions?
Query: Hello doctor, My brother had one blood test with herpes simplex IgM diagnosed to be negative, but herpes type 1 was diagnosed to be positive with an index more than 8. Before that he did a test on his tongue and it was negative for herpes. Are these results final? Or is there a chance that he is n... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type1 is a very common infection in our population and it usually causes oral lesions known as herpes labialis. At times, the patient is not even aware of the exposure. It can spread through direct contact with the open sores ... Read Full »
I have been suffering from COVID-19 for the last five days, and I have some blister or ulcer on my penis. Do I have a herpes infection?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from COVID-19 for the last five days. But for two days, I am having some blister or ulcer or something on my penis near the urethra, and I am attaching a picture for reference. It erupted without any sexual contact with anyone for at least one and a half months. I ha... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Before ulcer formation, were there a group of yellow-colored blisters? Thank you. Read Full »
My son is suffering from tonsillitis and sores on his tongue. I am afraid that he might have caught herpes. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, My son is 18 months old. We took him to the doctor as he had a fever, would not eat and we could see he is struggling to swallow. He was diagnosed with acute tonsillitis by the doctor and she prescribed Penicillin antibiotic, Nurofen, and Empaped. The next day we saw that his gums are swo... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through your question I can understand your concern. As per your history it looks like the lesion can be either a fungal infection or it may be multiple aphthous ulcers. If you can upload some more pictures with an open mouth. There is nothing to worry a... Read Full »
Can STD spread through oral sex?
Query: Hi doctor, Four days ago, I had oral sex with a lady, who I already know. Though no intercourse happened, I am worried about STDs. Please suggest if I have to undergo any test. I am very tensed for this and I want to clear my mind. I do not have any problem except stress. Also, please explain where ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Oral sex does not cause HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) to the recipient. It may cause genital herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and warts if these infections are present in the partner. Your doctor may advise you to get HSV 1 and 2 (herpes simplex virus) an... Read Full »
I have red bumps on my penis, body aches, tingling sensations, and frequent urination, with a high PSA, after unprotected sex. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with my partner, and she had eczema on her hands. Now, I have body aches, tingling sensations all over my body, and frequent urination. I also have bumps on my penis, but it is not painful, and there is no discharge. Before this sexual activity, I had consulted a uro... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The clinical diagnosis of genital herpes should always be confirmed by laboratory testing, including serotyping antibodies, IgG (immunoglobulin G), and IgM (immunoglobulin M). The definitive diagnosis of genital herpes relies on demonstrating ... Read Full »
What could be the cause for the sore at the tip of my lips?
Query: Hi doctor, I have this sudden sore at the tip of my lips. I am wondering what could it be. I used to have frequent fat sacks, but this seems very different. I am attaching a close-up photo of it. Please advice. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your complaint and have seen the attached photograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are having herpes infection which is a viral infection. You should try taking a course of antiviral like tablet Acyclovir 400 mg thrice in a ... Read Full »
Shall I take Lysine for herpes infection?
Query: Hi doctor, I have herpes. It was diagnosed around 2 years ago. I had a breakout and took some antiviral Acyclovir pills. I am starting to have outbreaks again on my lips. I have both types of herpes. I have heard that Lysine fights herpes and so I am taking some vitamins too. I would like to know ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to understand the basic pathology about herpes. You had herpes genitalis in the past and there are chances of you having recurrent episode if your immunity is low.As your partner also has it, you both need to take antiviral therapy. The most important line of man... Read Full »
How to manage herpes encephalitis?
Query: Hi doctor, My brother had COVID-19, and it developed into encephalitis. The neurologists are saying it could be viral or limbic. We wonder if you can help diagnose if we sent you the MRI images and laboratory reports. His symptoms are confusion (he thinks that his kids are his brothers), hallucinati... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to know regarding this problem that your brother is facing. After reading the history and checking his reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), viral encephalitis is more likely given the MRI images. And the hallucination and psychosis are because... Read Full »
My 2-year-old son accidentally touched the herpes pimple near my vagina while bathing. Can it get transmitted?
Query: Hi doctor, Can I transmit herpes to my son in the bath or shower if I have a pimple near my vagina? I have genital herpes and currently have something that looks like a herpes pimple near my vagina. I am worried that if my 2-year-old son were accidentally touched while we were in the bath or showe... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. No, you cannot transfer herpes virus infection to your baby, during bathing because herpes virus infection can not transmit in water. It can only be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact with the in... Read Full »