HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus) is the virus that causes herpes infection. There are two types of HSV, HSV-1, which causes cold sores and blisters around the mouth and face, and HSV-2, which mainly causes lesions in the genital region.

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What causes recurrent miscarriages?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 years old. I have been trying to conceive for the past one year but I got two miscarriages as early between seventh week of pregnancy. My doctor told me to do torch profile after second miscarriage where I was reactive for anti CMV, IgM and IgG as well as positive for anti HSV-...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Torch profile is done when there are recurrent early miscarriages. This is basically a test for infection caused by toxoplasma, rubella, CMV (cytomegalovirus), and herpes simplex virus. Your test report shows that your antibodies are positive for CMV and HSV. But ...  Read Full »

What could be the small bumps on genital area with no symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. I am experiencing some bumps and small spots on my genital and around the base area of it for more than 10 days. I checked it with the images of herpes and other STDs. They are not alike but I am worried about the spots. I have no other symptoms like fever, i...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran Sr

Sexologist, Diabetologist, Andrologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like a viral infection. You need to plan for antiviral medication. Maybe your partner was asymptomatic. Do investigation for HSV (herpes simplex virus) 1 and 2 so we can be sure. In the meantim...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for cyst-like bumps on inner thighs and pubic area.

Query: Cyst like bumps on inner thighs and pubic area. This has been happening on and off for about 5 years but I have been too embarrassed to talk to a doctor.  Read Full »

Dr. Monika Meena

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, I gather from your history that you have got cystic rashes over your pubic area every now and then. you have not mentioned about any other symptoms associated with it, i.e. any redness, itching, pain associated with them? any discharge per vagina or any discharge from the cysts per se? what col...  Read Full »

How long should I take Gabapentin for tingling and numbness in feet?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from extreme tingling and numbness in legs for the last nine months. There are strange sensations in the legs and other parts of the body. It gets worse at night. My vitamin B12 and D levels are 438 and 44 as per my recent reports. As I had unprotected sexual exposure w...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Quka


Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read carefully your question and reviewed your uploaded tests. You have resulted positive only for HSV1, while the presence of IgG rubella and CMV means that these infections have happened in the past, but are not active. Your symptoms are suggestive of periphera...  Read Full »

What could cause a painless blister-like lump on penis immediately after unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up this morning after having unprotected sex last night, with a clear blister-like bump on my penis. It is not painful and no discharge. I am concerned about herpes or other STDs. I have been tested positive for HSV-1. I have had cold sores growing up around my mouth but never ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and had a close look over the provided image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Unfortunately, the image is not clear so I will be answering it on the basis of general knowledge in case of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). Genit...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take Acyclovir for previous HSV 1 infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35-year-old male. No episodes of herps except chickenpox in childhood. No Infection of HIV, clinically tested every six months for the last seven years. My partner and I both are not having HIV (clinically tested). I had a bacterial or fungal infection with pus and redness in ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First understand the situation, IgM indicates recent infection and IgG indicate chronic infection. Since you have both the IgM negative, it means that there is no recent infection. Secondly, about 70- 80% of US population is HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus) positive, it me...  Read Full »

Can an HSV-2 infected woman transmit the infection to a man?

Query: What are the possibilities of transmitting HSV2 from an infected woman to a man and how to prevent it if they intend to enter into a relationship. Thanks  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh Pandey

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello , Welcome to Icliniq. I understand your concern about the HSV .. before I begin to preventive measures let me tell you it how it can spreads.. It is spread through oral, vaginal, or anal sex. It may be spread even if you do not see blisters. It can also be spread to other areas of your body,...  Read Full »

Is it true that 62 % of pregnant women with pityriasis rosea have a miscarriage?

Query: I have had pityriasis rosea (PR) for about a week and I am currently 7 weeks pregnant. I have had no other symptoms other than the rash. After reading a study which found a 62% miscarriage rate when women were infected with PR during the first 15 weeks of gestation, I am obviously terrified. Can you...  Read Full »

Dr. Hari Pathave

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Thank you for giving me opportunity to treat your skin problem. Yes, you are right there are significant chances of miscarriage if Pityriasis Rosea appears in first few weeks of gestation. Mostly miscarriage occurs when Pityriasis Rosea happens after HSV 6 & HSV 7 infection (according to litera...  Read Full »

Can antibodies to HSV-1 and 2 be detected in blood with no symptoms?

Query: Hello. 7 yrs ago I had chicken pox. Last year, I did a herpes test and they said I had antibodies to HSV1 n 2. With a range of 0.6 and 2.2. I did another test after 2 months with a range of 0.6 and 2.3. I have never had any of the symptoms I read about I am concerned. So what do you think?  Read Full »

Dr. Mahendra Thakre

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, I hope you are doing well. I understood your concern regarding the presence of HSV antibodies. Infections with herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) are among the commonest human viral infections throughout the world. Classically, HSV-1 is acquired during childhood and is ...  Read Full »

Can herpes present as painless sores on penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a few sores on my penis. I have taken a few pictures. Can you check it is herpes?  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Jairath


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Some more questions to come to the diagnosis. Are these spots painless? Did these appear first on glans and then on the shaft? Do you have a mild fever, headache, myalgias? Any discharge from these lesions? Lesions present anywhere else e.g. mouth lips? Are you on any k...  Read Full »

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