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have i got herpes?

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  • Posted By: wallflower7
  • November 16, 2007
  • 06:52 PM

i felt a painful spot type blister on my genitals and on the same day felt a distinct throbbing sensation at the top of my right leg. this has happened once a month or so for the past three months and as it keeps recurring i am worried it is herpes. im aware there's no cure but is there any treatment for it?

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  • There are two types of Herpes Simplex, and both can cause genital herpes. Herpes type 1 most commonly infects the lips, causing sores known as fever blisters or cold sores, but it also can infect the genital area and produce sores. HSV type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes, but it also can infect the mouth. A person who has genital herpes infection can easily pass or transmit the virus to an uninfected person during sex. Both Herpes type 1 and 2 can produce sores in and around the vaginal area, around the anal opening, and on the buttocks or thighs. Occasionally, sores also appear on other parts of the body where the virus has entered through broken skin. Herpes type 1 remains in certain nerve cells of the body for life, and can produce symptoms off and on in some infected people. If you have been infected by Herpes type 1 and/or 2, you will probably have symptoms or outbreaks from time to time. After the virus has finished being active, it then travels to the nerves at the end of the spine where it stays for a while. Even after the lesions are gone, the virus stays inside the nerve cells in a still and hidden state, which means that it's inactive. In most people, the virus can become active several times a year. This is called a recurrence. But scientists do not yet know why this happens. When it becomes active again, it travels along the nerves to the skin, where it makes more viruses near the site of the very first infection. That is where new sores usually will appear. Sometimes, the Herpes type 1 virus can become active but not cause any sores that can be seen. At these times, small amounts of the virus may be shed at or near places of the first infection, in fluids from the mouth, penis, or vagina, or from barely noticeable sores. You may not notice this shedding because it often does not cause any pain or feel uncomfortable. Even though you might not be aware of the shedding, you still can infect a sex partner during this time. After the first outbreak, any future outbreaks are usually mild and last only about a week. An infected person may know that an outbreak is about to happen by a tingling feeling or itching in the genital area, or pain in the buttocks or down the leg. For some people, these early symptoms can be the most painful and annoying part of an episode. Sometimes, only the tingling and itching are present and no visible sores develop. At other times, blisters appear that may be very small and barely noticeable, or they may break into open sores that crust over and then disappear. The frequency and severity of recurrent episodes vary greatly. While some people have only one or two outbreaks in a lifetime, others may have several outbreaks a year. The number and pattern of repeat outbreaks often change over time for a person. Scientists do not know what causes the Herpes type 1 virus to become active again. Although some people with Herpes type 1 report that their outbreaks are brought on by another illness, stress, or having a menstrual period, outbreaks often are not predictable. In some cases, outbreaks may be connected to exposure to sunlight. Because the genital herpes sores may not be visible to the naked eye, a doctor you may have to do several laboratory tests to try to prove that symptoms are caused by the herpes virus. A person may still have genital herpes, however, even if the laboratory tests do not show the virus in the body. A blood test cannot show whether a person can infect another with the herpes virus. A blood test, however, can show if a person has been infected at any time with Herpes type 1 virus. There are also newer blood tests that can tell whether a person has been infected with Herpes 1 and/or 2. During an active Herpes type 1 episode, whether the first episode or a repeat one, you should follow a few simple steps to speed healing and avoid spreading the infection to other places on the body or to other people.Keep the infected area clean and dry to prevent other infections from developing. Try to avoid touching the sores. Wash your hands after contact with the sores. Avoid sexual contact from the time you first feel any symptoms until the sores are completely healed, that is, the scab has fallen off and new skin has formed where the sore was. Usually Herpes type 1 infections do not cause major problems in healthy adults. In some people whose immune systems do not work properly, genital herpes episodes can last a long time and be unusually severe. (The body's immune system fights off foreign invaders such as viruses.) If a woman has her first episode of genita Herpes type 1 herpes while she is pregnant, she can pass the virus to her unborn child and may deliver a premature baby.Half of the babies infected with herpes either die or suffer from damage to their nerves. A baby born with herpes can develop serious problems that may affect the brain, the skin, or the eyes. If babies born with herpes are treated immediately with acyclovir, their chances of being healthy are increased.If a pregnant woman has an outbreak, which is not the first episode, her baby's risk of being infected during delivery is very low. In either case, if you are pregnant and infected with genital herpes, you should stay in close touch with your doctor before, during, and after your baby is born.If a woman is having an outbreak during labor and delivery and there are herpes lesions in or near the birth canal, the doctor will do a cesarean section to protect the baby. Most women with genital herpes, however, do not have signs of active infection with the virus during this time, and can have a normal delivery. There's no cure for genital herpes. However, genital herpes treatment includes oral prescription antiviral medications, including acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir) and valacyclovir (Valtrex), to help heal the sores sooner and reduce the frequency of relapses. If taken daily, these medications may also reduce the chance you'll infect your partner with the herpes virus. Kiera
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 16, 2007
    • 10:36 PM
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  • Kiera gave you all the details. Yes, sounds like it. You can get blood work or have a blister scraped. They have medicine to control it. Once a month is a lot.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • November 22, 2007
    • 08:25 PM
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  • First of all, you need to get properly diagnosed.Most people diagnosed with genital herpes typically have four or five symptomatic recurrences the first year. After the first year, most people have fewer and milder recurrences, lasting a week or less.Antiviral medications may significantly lessen the severity and the frequency of outbreaks. Acyclovir is inexpensive and very effective. Valtrex has the advantage of more convenient dosing regimen, but is quite expensive and is not more effective than acyclovir.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 12, 2008
    • 02:58 PM
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  • for natural treatment, try Lauricidin You need a blood test, still...
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • September 14, 2008
    • 02:10 AM
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  • Yes, it seems like you have genital herpes due to which you are feeling pain and sensation in your right leg. To get rid of the condition, you can use ice pack on your affected area. It provides you soothing effect on the sores and gives you relief. Beside that you can dalinex. It is a homeopathic medicine that provides you relief from herpes symptoms. Using this formula, you will feel much relief from pain and tingling sensation. Must read dalinex reviews to know more.
    kelinsaw 3 Replies
    • November 25, 2011
    • 09:23 AM
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  • Yes, it seems like you have genital herpes due to which you are feeling pain and sensation in your right leg. To get rid of the condition, you can use ice pack on your affected area. It provides you soothing effect on the sores and gives you relief. Beside that you can dalinex. It is a homeopathic medicine that provides you relief from herpes symptoms. Using this formula, you will feel much relief from pain and tingling sensation. Must read dalinex reviews to know more.
    kelinsaw 3 Replies
    • November 25, 2011
    • 09:26 AM
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