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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 does a small cut at the corner of my mouth indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I am worried, that I may have come in contact with herpes. I woke up this morning with a small cut like marking on the corner of my mouth. My top lip has a red patchy spot on the inside of the lip. Last night, I drank a ton of alcohol, smoked multiple cigarettes and took ecstasy. Is t...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Drugs like alcohol, ecstasy, and cigarettes reduce saliva secretion and blood flow to our mouth, lips, and gums. A dehydrated oral cavity is prone to mouth ulcer, cancer sores and the lips tend to get chapped and cracked. This could be a si...  Read Full »

I have an HSV 1 infection with IgG positive and IgM negative. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have an HSV 1 infection with IgG positive and IgM negative. I want to know: 1. How can I stay away from immunocompromised and immunosuppressed diseases so that I prevent repeat outbreaks? 2. How to prevent diabetes and thyroid? Does diabetes or thyroid worsen the condition or cause r...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The important immunocompromised condition is HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), diabetes, cancer, steroids medicine, and excessive alcohol intake. The thyroid does not significantly impact immunity unless it is severely deranged. Obviousl...  Read Full »

Why do I get sores on genitals during every HSV-1 outbreak?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with (herpes simplex virus) HSV-1, but all other tests like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), HBsAg, hepatitis C virus (HCV), venereal disease research laboratory (VDRL), and treponema pallidum hemagglutination (TPHA) are normal. I got infected with HSV through oral sex....  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

STD panel shows HSV 1 greater than 62.2 and HSV 2. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a STD panel done HSV 1 greater than 62.2 and HSV 2, have a history of chicken pox.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand from the reports you have sent me that stating HSV 1 (herpes simplex virus) serology is positive (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I will need a bit more information before I can advise you how to proceed further. A. Is this HSV 1 IgG or...  Read Full »

I suffer from HSV 1. Can I get HSV encephalitis at any point in my life?

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from HSV 1. I have a mild recurrence on my mouth and face. Will I get HSV encephalitis at any point in life? My immune system is healthy and I do not have many blisters.  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Infection with HSV 1 (herpes simplex virus) results in immunity against it. But, the virus remains dormant in the body and can reactivate later in life causing encephalitis if it enters the brain. How it can come to the brain is not completely understood, but decreased...  Read Full »

I have redness and swelling underneath my bottom lip after oral sex. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 22-year-old female. I generally have good health, but I was diagnosed with herpes simplex when I was 17. I never had any cold sores on my face, but recently I have seen not a rash but redness and swelling underneath my bottom lip. I do not have a primary doctor, and I cannot get ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a swollen and reddish lower lip. You had a history of herpes simplex infection when you were 17 years old. According to the pictures (attachment removed to...  Read Full »

I kissed my partner before he had a cold sore. Am I at risk?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner has a cold sore. I kissed him before it actually looked like one. I already carry Herpes simplex virus (HSV)1, but I have never had a cold sore. Did I put myself at risk?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Herpes simplex virus (HSV), if once acquired, stays lifelong. When it is dormant, it does not produce cold sores. When there are risk factors like stress in any form, physical stress, mental/emotional stress, recent illness, surgeries, and prolonged sun exposure can t...  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 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 »

I have white spots on my throat after sex with the social worker.

Query: Hello doctor,I had protected sex with a sex worker four days back. I have sore throat and white spots in the back of my throat since then. Should I be concerned?  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The chances of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) transmission in single protected intercourse is nil. But the STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) like the herpes simplex virus can be spread by skin-to-skin contact, kissing, and sex with the infected person. It affects...  Read Full »

I am worried about contracting HIV. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I had protected vaginal sex twice, and I received oral unprotected sex. I am worried about catching HIV. I took an HIV RNA PCR test, and it was negative. However, I am still concerned about catching HIV and other STDs like HPV, HSV, etc. Can you tell me if I need to get tested for HIV aga...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Regarding your sexual activities, I do not think you have HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), except that you will have a bacterial infection from oral sex because bacteria dwell in the mouth. Kindly get a urine culture test and reply to me w...  Read Full »

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