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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Why do I have itchy fluid-filled lesions and throat pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My son who is 28 years old is 6 feet tall and weighs 84 kg. He had an issue of urticaria last year and was under medication. He had a course of antihistamines for a month. About five hours ago, he noticed lesions this morning that was itchy. After bathing, the lesion on back has become re...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have attached the pictures (attachments removed to protect identity). Well, is it just a five hour history? Are these vesicles increasing in number? It is looking like chicken pox caused by herpes simplex. Since this disease is in initial stage, I can just m...  Read Full »

Is herpeSelect immunoblot test reliable for HSV infections?

Query: Hello doctor, I met with a girl a few months back. She had been rubbing her vagina and then put her finger in my backside. She said she was clean but hard to know. After about three months, I got tested for STD panel and came up negative with everything including HSV 2 except for HSV 1, which came ...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Plastic Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. The manifestation which you are saying are not of herpes, they normally present as grouped vesicles on an erythematous base. 2. Herpes has an incubation period of five days, it means symptoms would have to develop within five days of infection. 3. Your test are ...  Read Full »

Do I need suppressive therapy when there is no active herpes infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am not sexually active, and a few months back, I tried boxer without washing it and got a pimple on the penis, took antibiotic cream, and it went off in three weeks. It did not hurt me. A few months later, I have got another pimple in penis, did herpes test, and the IgG was 3.80 pos...  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A most common symptom of herpes is the burning sensation. Sometimes this is masked too. There is a high possibility that if you get it again, you might have a burning sensation. But every patient has his resistance, and response is different. For acute reactions, an...  Read Full »

I have rashes below waistline including penis. Do I need urgent care?

Query: Hi doctor, I have rashes basically everywhere below the waistline. It started two days ago and have somewhat spread from the initial location (bug bite on the upper right thigh). There is some bruising around the initial location. I have been using Lotrimin and Cortizone cream but there is no effec...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The condition looks like poison ivy. There are few blisters evolving, it may go on for one to two weeks without treatment. Poison ivy usually requires oral Prednisone to keep it under control....  Read Full »

Can herpes infection change into gonorrhea?

Query: Hello doctor,I recently was tested during my last gynecologist appointment that I was positive for gonorrhea and have since got treated. Now I have realized that my previous sexual partner gave me gonorrhea. He had herpes 1 and did not test positive for gonorrhea. My sexual partner before that have ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case. First, you need to understand that any infection is transmitted as it is. No infection can be transferred as another infection. So answer to your first question is no it is not possible for herpes 1 infection to be transferred as gonorr...  Read Full »

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 »


Dr. C Elanchezhian

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

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. Are you under treatment for hypertension? For salivary flow, rinsing your mouth with warm salt water, sucking on sour lemons or sugar-free lemon candy t...  Read Full »

What could yellow clustered blisters on vagina be?

Query: Hi doctor, My sister is 23 years old. She had unhygienic sex a couple of weeks ago. She started feeling itchy on her vagina. I am worried it might be herpes but I need confirmation from a specialist before we visit the doctor. It looks clustered and yellow. No hard lump under and it just looks infla...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the attached photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The closely grouped fluid filled blisters and yellow crusted lesions seem to be most likely herpes infection. You do not have to apply Acyclovir cream as it will not be much effe...  Read Full »

I have a sudden sore at the tip of my lips.What could it be?

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 »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

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 »

My herpes IgM and IgG are 3.5 and 4 respectively. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 34 year old female. I have got my STD and HIV done. I have attached my reports for your reference. All look clear, but herpes simplex virus IgM and IgG are 3.5 and 4. I have no other symptoms. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The results showed that you have both immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) positive to herpes simplex virus (HSV 1 and 2). With this information it is difficult to differentiate whether it is type 1 HSV (less likely to be genital) or type 2 (more likely to...  Read Full »

Will I get a sore on my genitals during every HSV-1 outbreak?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with HSV-1, but all other tests like HIV, HBsAg, HCV, VDRL, and TPHA are normal. I got infected with HSV through oral sex. My first outbreak was about four months back, and I got sores in the genital area, mouth, head, and my waist. Recently, a sore has erupted in my mo...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Repeated outbreak of HSV (herpes simplex virus) are common, but repeated outbreaks are usually shorter and less severe. Although the organism stays in the body for the rest of your life, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years.  At the time of...  Read Full »

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