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Herpes Simplex Virus

Herpes simplex is a contagious viral infection affecting the genitals or the mouth. The symptoms include the formation of sores around the genital region and the mouth. Herpes simplex is a sexually-transmitted disease that requires medical attention.

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I developed blisters after someone shared my glass. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am concerned and overthinking everything. Two days ago, someone drank from my glass. The next day, this person had sores in their mouth. I am worried if I will get herpes. But the other day, I masturbated using saliva. I still do not have any discomfort, blisters, tingling, or burning s...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammad Rajja

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The best cream for herpes (a virus causing contagious sores, most often around the mouth or on the genitals) is Acivir (Acyclovir 5 %). It should be applied locally for eight hours daily for five days. After that, take tablet Valtrex (Vala...  Read Full »

I smoked shisha that was tested by the waiter. Is there a chance of HSV transmission?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to clarify something regarding a recent incident I had. I was smoking shisha at a shisha lounge. The waiter delivered the shisha to my table, but before that, he tried it himself, and I smoked it after that. I am worried that any diseases such as HSV1 or HSV2 may be transmitted...  Read Full »


Dr. Philip Shenouda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is a chance that you could acquire HSV1 (herpes simplex virus) from the waiter if he has it. HSV2 is familiar with genital herpes, not the mouth. Unfortunately, blood tests are not sensitive enough to know whether you got the virus or not. In all cases, if you ...  Read Full »

Why do I have recurrent pain in my penis with blisters and itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I got blisters, itching, and pain in my penis seven months back. It recurred again and again for almost 12 months. So my doctor did herpes simplex (HSV) IgG and IgM tests. All my results came negative. But he gave me Acyclovir 400. What does it mean? Do I suffer from genital herpes?  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. HSV (herpes simplex virus) 1 and 2 IgM (immunoglobulin M) and IgG (immunoglobulin G) can show negative results even while having herpes. You can repeat the test again. It can come back positive now. Herpes is known for its recurrence. But it is not a dreadful disease. It...  Read Full »

How does the cold sores get transmitted?

Query: Hi doctor, I have genital herpes, and I also get cold sores around my mouth. It is not happening often. But it tends to come when I do not expect it. It came before a week, and now it has gone. The only thing present is the red scarring that remains after the wound healing. Now, I have a boyfriend ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Herpes simplex virus type 1 causes cold sores. It recurs often, but the frequency of recurrence decrease with time. The infection is transmitted through direct contacts like deep kissing and oral sex. It does not spread through dry kissing. The virus can pass through si...  Read Full »

How to prevent the spread of HSV-1 virus to new outbreak sites?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46-year-old male. I have recurring HSV-1 around the base (and inside) the nose. I have an outbreak now and my last outbreak was about 52 days ago. In childhood, I began with blisters on the lips; in the past five to 10 years, it seems it has migrated to the nose. Also, in the pa...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. I can understand the pain and frustration that a person goes through while getting a recurring infection and is on treatment for prolonged periods. Our options for herpes is limited. The guidelines say that for recurrent HSV (herpes simplex vi...  Read Full »

Is my HSV a misdiagnosis and could mono cause genital lesions?

Query: Hello doctor, I am reaching out regarding a situation last year when I developed a small genital ulcer and was diagnosed with genital herpes after consulting multiple doctors who held differing opinions. Alongside this, I experienced swollen lymph nodes. I underwent both blood (IgG and IgM) and swab...  Read Full »


Dr. V. Srikanth Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Once HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus) IgG antibodies are detected in the blood, they persist, signaling a prior herpes infection. There is a chance of HSV-1 causing genital herpes, especially through activities like oral sex. When you are not experiencing active lesion...  Read Full »

Will my pimple-like appearance on penis get transmitted to my partner?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a pimple-like appearance on my penis right from the age of 14. I noticed it when I started masturbation. They have not disappeared. They tend to present on the edge of the foreskin at the penis tip. They vary in size. Some are big and some are small. I am not sure whether they d...  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. To answer your first question you have to give me more information. Is the lesion painful? Does the pimple-like structure have a reddish base? Have you ever seen it disappear? Is there any associated itching with it? Genital warts are only transmitted by sexual con...  Read Full »

I have developed four small pimple-like bumps on my penis within my pubic hair. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 51-year-old male and I am in good health. Over the last two weeks, I have developed four small pimple-like bumps, within my pubic hair, that has basically come and go over the period. They are not clustered or oozing anything. I have no other symptoms when I notice the pimple-like ...  Read Full »


Dr. K. Shanmuganandan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You possibly have folliculitis and it may be due to your work out related sweating. Please use the antibiotic cream and antibiotic soap. It should get alright and if possible please give photos of your lesion for better clarity. Thanks and ...  Read Full »

Why do I have crusty lips, mouth sores, and super sensitive gums while brushing?

Query: Hello doctor, I have fat, crusty lips, mouth sores, and super sensitive gums while brushing. All of these appeared a month ago. The mouth sores subsided after using mouthwash Orajel. However, the lip and gum problems have persisted. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. I suggest you follow the below treatment plan: Oral paste Aphthasol (Amlexanox 5 %) for mouth sores. A lip balm or moisturizer like white petroleum jelly for crusty lips. Vitamin C for gum problems. Vitamin B...  Read Full »

Can I take Valacyclovir for the mouth sores caused due to herpes infection?

Query: Hi doctor, Does Valacyclovir 500 mg help to prevent mouth sores caused due to herpes?   Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Valacyclovir is an antiviral drug used for the treatment of cold sores (herpes labialis). The efficacy of Valacyclovir is not established after the development of cold sores. Hence, it should be used as early as possible. It should be used preferably at the earliest sym...  Read Full »

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