Small Herpes Bump

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    small bumps below my lower lip and to the corners of my mouth?
    I noticed a rash of small bumps below my lower lip and to the corners of my mouth and after putting lotion on it the bumps have spread to my upper lip. There is no redness unless irritated by scratching/touching, just a series of small bumps. I am in a committed and trusting relationship, ruling out multiple partners.

    • ANSWER:
      Being in a committed and trusting relationship doesn't make you immune from developing Herpes Simplex, if that's what you are thinking. It can lay dormant in you or your partner's body for years before it becomes active.
      If the Dr. says it's not, then good! on to the next diagnosis, but I wouldn't rule it out. You could have even been born with it! It's nothing to be ashamed of! Did you have a fever for awhile before it came on? That's why they also call Herpes Simplex "fever blisters".

  2. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for genital herpes to start healing?
    I know that small bumps starts to appear and then eventually crust over. How long after the bumps first appear do they start crusting over?

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  3. QUESTION:
    I feel small bumps on the top of my mouth am I sick?
    I can feel small bumps on the squishy part of the top of my mouth. I'm not sure if they're usually there or not does anyone else have them? If I am sick what might I have?

    • ANSWER:
      No you have mouth herpes, that means no oral for a while...

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remidie to cure a herpes break out?
    I have only two small bumps with this break out. is there any home remedies to help cure this breakout? someone told me putting a tea bag on it will help dry it up or baking soda. no rude comments please

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes Treatment with Lemon

      A good remedy to treat herpes is to take 1 fresh lemon, slice it and put the slice directly on the herpes. This should sting but can help to get rid of it faster

  5. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if you have a cold sore or herpes?
    I have like three really small bumps that are reddish on my top lip and i dont know what it could be.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood test to kno for sure. HSV-1 for oral or HSV-2 for genital..

  6. QUESTION:
    What are these two bumps above my genital area ?
    Hi. Three months ago i noticed two small bumps in the pubic hair area. These bumps dont itch dont hurt no burn when going to the bathroom. Had sex with a condom. So im concerned. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like herpes.

  7. QUESTION:
    can genital herpes sores go away without medication?
    I usually get a small bump with a yeast infection every month around my period that goes away after a few days but I was wondering if it could have been a herpe Ive never had an outbreak so i was wondering if they go away without treatment or get worse?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes break outs can go away on their own. Medication helps to manage your symptoms and speeds up the healing process. If you take antiviral medication regularly then you can even help prevent passing it to a potential partner.
      Herpes doesn't usually get worse, but you can aggravate a break out if you use the wrong treatment. Break outs are actually supposed to get less sever over time.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do you totally eliminate a cold sore?
    I have a small bump in the corner of the inside of my mouth. I'm positive its a type of cold sore. Its never noticeable to others but it is to me. I can feel it sometimes like its irritated a little bit. I guess i have a very small case. I was wondering with these sorts of small cases if I could totally get rid of it so that it never comes back. and is there any way that I can kiss someone without giving them this infection too?
    Should I just go see a doctor about this?

    • ANSWER:
      Once you re infected you can never get rid of the virus, there is no actual cure , although there are a couple of vaccines in the works that may become available in the future that may prevent people from becoming infected in the first place.

      Start taking lysine at 1000mg 3 times per day along with Vitamin C and B 12. Lysine (aka l lysine ) has been shown to inhibit the herpes virus while it’s active and to prevent it from becoming active when it’s in its dormant stage. Vitamin C also helps boost your immune system which is obviously helpful, and B 12 has been proven to reduce the duration of cold sore outbreaks in several studies.

      Apply witch hazel to the cold sore using a q tip once every two hours as well, benzyl alcohol may work better but it’s also harder to find. Some people also say that isopropyl rubbing alcohol works as well.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to still get genital warts when you've had the Gardasil shot?
    I have a few small bumps around the side of my vagina and one really small bump just barley inside of it. I do not think its genital warts but I am freaking myself out about it. They do not really hurt, if i poke at them for a while they get tender but thats it..They almost feel like zits. My next pap smear is scheduled in August but I just wanted to know if this even sounds like genital warts.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it's definitely possible are you kidding?! Gardisil only protects against certain strains, so you should see your doctor ASAP to get them tested just in case.

      *i mean if you're looking at the same info it says it only protects you against 90% of them and then as someone else mentioned there's herpes (which sometimes start out looking like zits). Either way you should definitely get it tested before they disappear. One zit down there isn't worrisome but not a bunch of them at the same time, you know? Get it tested for peace of mind if nothing else.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can genital herpes blisters last more than a month?
    Im note sure if i have herpes, but i have few what i think are small herpes blisters (all together) on my penis for a month now (what i think is a ?primary outbreak?), they don't really hurt and from what i've read they should do they haven't done, which is turn into open sores and then heal. Anyone has any idea about what is going on? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Break outs can last any where from 1-3 weeks depending on how sever the break out is. An initial break out of herpes can be very pain full. It usually causes symptoms like uncomfortable or pain full itching, burning and or tingling symptoms around the genitals. But herpes can affect every one that gets infected with it differently.
      Bumps down stairs are not always caused by an std, it could be in grown hairs or some cysts. But you really should see a doctor and get your self tested for herpes, genital warts and stds to be on the safe side.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are those really really small bumps inside your bottom lip?
    Its not herpes because they have been there long as I can remember. Hard to see but you can feel them.

    Normal?

    • ANSWER:
      canker sores?

  12. QUESTION:
    What can cause small pumps on the upper lip?
    I have had these 2 to 4 small size bumps on my lip for sometime now and I was wondering is there anything that this might be linked to.

    • ANSWER:
      Hopefully not herpes. Maybe an insect bite or allergic reaction, but to be 100% sure go get tested.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are these bumps on my fingers?
    I have small bumps on my fingers on my left hand full of puss and its spreading i have 4 of them and there on 3 of my fingers.

    • ANSWER:
      Are they tiny or small white bumps filled? Do they hurt or itch? Could be herpes, ive hear of it on fingers or shingles! which are pretty painful. Could be something more serious, but the spreading is probably from the pus or fluid inside try to not let it happen, look it up online

  14. QUESTION:
    What causes a painful bump on genitals after using lubricants?
    I noted that a small painful bump occurs in different places on scrotum/shaft after I use personal lubricants Wet or Astroglide. Only occurs when I use a lubricant for masterbation and sex.

    Only one at a time. Never gets a head or opens up. Lasts for 4 - 7 days. Always in a different place but only on scrotum and shaft. Always about the same size. Localized in the layers of the skin.

    It doesn't happen when I just use a condom.Trojan-ENZ with spermicidal lubricant.

    Heterosexual only with no history of herpies or other STD's. No drainage, rash, redness, scabbing, open areas, or swelling. One female partner made indication that she was having the same problem only after we used Wet.
    I have come to the conclusion that I am probably allergic to it but I am looking for more information. Maybe there is a specific component. Is anyone else having this problem. Any suggestions on another product?
    KY just doesn't quite do the trick it wears off too fast. And I always shower immediately after intercourse. No rash, just one bump.

    • ANSWER:
      Dude, you've got herpes. Get a herpes blood test if you don't believe me.
      Sorry.
      Also, don't use that lube if it's causing you to break out so you don't pass on the joy of herpes.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have a small bump right behind my ear?
    It's a small bump about one centimetre behind my ear. It's kind of hard, it's not irritating me at all, it just bothers me that it's there . And it's not on my other side. Anyone know what it is and or how to treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      holy shit you got herpes behind your ear haha

  16. QUESTION:
    What is a free way to get rid of a single herpes bump on my penis?
    i have a single red bump on the shaft of my penis and its been there for a couples weeks at least, at first it was really small and kinda looked white in the top of it but now its bigger and it only red. and it slightly hurts if i touch it. is this herpes? if so how can i get rid of it using cheap non prescription stuff? i thought herpes were in clusters how is mine a single bump?

    • ANSWER:
      It's most likely not herpes. The white top suggests that it's filled with puss like a pimple. Herpes have entirely clear fluid. Plus, herpes don't usually appear as one single lesion, but a group of small blisters. It's probably a cyst or an ingrown hair. Get check if you want to, but don't freak too much about herpes.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is this what i have on my lips?And how do i get rid of them?
    i have small yellowish bumps on my upper lip and it does not hurt at all... i had it for at least 3 months and now im wondering how can i get rid of them!!! please help!

    • ANSWER:
      You have herpes. Herpes can not be cured but it can be treated. See your GP.

  18. QUESTION:
    IS IT POSSIBLE?! Can a herpes bump get extremely smaller when exfoliated?
    I am just curious as to if you have a herpes bump of some sort and when you exfoliate can it become smaller and less red?

    • ANSWER:
      NO. You shouldn't be exfoliating a break out of herpes, that will only irritate it and possibly spread it and it could put you in some pain. The best thing to do is leave it alone and take medication or suppressants to help it heal.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are these small bumps around my mouth and chin?
    I've had them for one year now and they haven't gone away. There small bumps, at first I though they were acne and it would go away but you cant do anything to them. They are the color of my skin but small and bumpy. I have them on the corner of my mouth and just a bit above my chin.

    • ANSWER:
      Forget Harmeet's answer - oral herpes doesn't last for a year! Sounds like someone only half listened during sex education eh Harmeet?

      Are you a guy? If so, and if the bumps are just under your lower lips and show more when you push your lips over your teeth, I fielded this exact question a month ago.

      The answer there was "hey, you're getting facial hair". Remember that beard hair is pretty spiky, and facial skin is pretty thin. You can't shave UNDER the skin, so there's always stubble under the skin, and when the skin is tightened they "poke" underneath the skin to form little bumps. When you curl your lip over your lower teeth to take a look in the mirror, they're pretty apparent.

      If that's not the case, then it could be any number of things and Yahoo! Answers is not likely to get it right. See a dermatologist.

  20. QUESTION:
    I have a bump under my skin next to my vagina?
    Its just one bump, size of a small raisin. It itches when i touch it. Its red but it may be cause im touching it and stuff. What could it be? Could it be herpes? I have heard that herpes are small bumps like pimples, but im starting to get freaked out! Im going to the dr. Tomorrow but i cant sleep im so nervous! Help!

    • ANSWER:
      if u had sex then yes it can be an std but if you didnt maybe its just a bug bite

  21. QUESTION:
    How does herpes and an ingrown hair looks like ?
    Is ingrown hair small to big, have white puss and blood when busted and have a hair sticking out of it ? And is herpes a area of small bumps that dont bust ?

    • ANSWER:
      you could google ingrown hairs.. and look at the pics
      and google herpes and see whats yours closest looks like!

      also rhey can be any size and yea ive had ones that had puss.

      dont worry..

  22. QUESTION:
    What does herpes and an ingrown hair looks like ?
    Is ingrown hair small to big, have white puss and blood when busted and have a hair sticking out of it ? And is herpes a area of small bumps that dont bust ?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure what ingrown hair looks like but from health class i know herpes look like cauliflour. go see your doctor and get it checked out.

  23. QUESTION:
    Small bumps in my mouth that come and go?
    These little bumps form towards the back of my mouth on occasion. They are usually towards the top, side/ish (where it is soft). Sometimes it feels like there is something stuck in my mouth. They are slightly red, but don't appear to be open, and they go away on their own, sometimes within a couple hours, sometimes it takes a day. What is this?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes.

  24. QUESTION:
    What to do for small white bumps on my upper right lip?
    i have little skin tone/ white bumps on my upper right part of my lip and want to know how to get rid of them. they appeared a day ago and they don't itch or hurt but i want to get rid of them. is there any type of medication to use?

    • ANSWER:
      White bumps isn't very descriptive.
      Zits? Herpes? Rabies? I have no idea love.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have herpes? see below?
    I have afew small bumps on my penis head, and I have a swollen foreskin, no smell nor releasing of fluids.

    • ANSWER:
      It's something that a physician really should look at...sometimes they will examine the skin very closely or swab the skin to take a culture, and look under the microscope.

      It could be something as benign as a skin irritation from soaps/detergents or other fragranced things like shampoo, lotion, etc. Ask the person who does laundry at your house if they have switched anything lately.

      Try not to get overly upset about it, just follow through with an MD if it doesn't subside and you cannot figure out what caused it.

      Of course, if you are sexually active, then don't share until you get a diagnosis or figure it out on your own.

      Good Luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    What are these small red bumps on the tip of my tongue?
    They are around the tip of my tongue and around the sides. They are pretty sensitive. I have two thoughts on why. One is that I've been using a new toothpaste that I could be allergic to, and two, it could be an infection because I have a chipped tooth that I tend to mess around with and I think I mightve cut my tongue and bacteria might have gotten into it. Any thoughts?
    And to clear anything up, it shouldnt be Herpes... and yeah. Haha self explanatory.

    • ANSWER:
      you have herpes, dude.

      why did you put the meat in your mouth?

      ughh.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are small bumps on the male penis?
    They are small and look like
    goose-bumps. They are near the testicles and on the penis shaft.

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone is familiar with pimples, condition that effects the oil glands of the skin. We are not worried if pimple occurs on our nose or cheeks, but what if pimple pops up on penis or testicle? Is that still normal? What to do then? Call a doctor or wait until the pimple subsides?

      What are pimples?

      Pimple is actually a result of a blockage of the skin's pore and it can happen anywhere on the body: face, back, legs, even genitals and elsewhere. Pimples is a common and frequent condition that effects the oil glands of the skin. Oil glands are found in every hair follicle and when they become clogged or inflamed, they can lead to pimples breakouts.

      Are pimples on penis and testicles normal?

      Yes and no. Some types of so-called pimples (bumps,...) are normal and represent very common condition, but in some cases those bumps can be dangerous and demand prompt medical attention.
      Pimples on penis or testicles typically occur in teenage years, but it is also possible men will experience pimples at some time later in their life. Statistics claim that eight out of ten men will experience pimples on penis and/ or testicles at some time in their life. Most of the time penis and testicle pimples go away as person grows, or if they occur later in life, they subside in a matter of week or two. But the fact is that if they don't, it is not wise to sit at home miserable, hoping they will go away.
      If you notice any new lumps or bumps, ask your doctor to check, or go to a genitourinary medicine clinic. I know it can be suffering, not to mention the psychological effect pimples on genitals can cause.

      What spots are normal on penis?

      So called (and looking like) pimples are normal. They are pearly penile papules, small in size (approximately 1-2 mm) and they look just like pimples, but are not pimples. They are actually tinny glands, and you shouldn't pick on them. They occur around the margin of the penis head, and can be seen when foreskin is pulled back. They usually develop in teenage years, but may occur up to the age of 40. They are visible in some men, while in others are less noticeable. Around 10% of men is affected by pearly penile papules.
      After masturbation or sexual intercourse hard swelling might appear near the foreskin, in the shaft of the head of the penis. This swelling is called lymphocele, and is caused by temporary blockage of the lymphatic channels at the area described. This condition is also normal and goes away on its own without any after-effects.

      What spots on penis are not normal?

      Ulcers

      Ulcers. If ulcer develops, you must immediately visit your doctor. Ulcers appear as craters on the skin and represent a full-thickness loss of skin (epidermis). Typically of ulcer is crust, clear liquid (serum) or pus in the crater. Ulcers may occur due to genital herpes, infection, virus or may even be form of skin cancer.

      Papules

      Papules are small lumps (less than than 1 cm), raised above the skin surface. Most penile papules do not have a serious cause (pearly penile papules for example), but some are infectious and may lead to more serious conditions.

      Types of papules:
      Molluscum contagiosum is form of papules, which is very common, but must be supervised by doctor. They are pinkish-white round lumps, each about 1–5 mm in diameter, and are caused by a virus.
      Hair follicles are a normal and are usually found on the underside of penile shaft. They may be visible or only felt as small lumps in the skin. They are recognized by having a hair arising from them.Pearly penile papules (described above as very normal condition)
      Fordyce spots are small (1-5mm) bright red or purple papules that can appear on the penis or testicles. They usually affect younger men, and appear in crops. They are painless and not itchy, but are embarrassing because of their appearance.
      Genital warts are very common and are caused by a virus. In case of genital warts seek medical help.

      Plaques

      Plaques are raised, flat-topped lesions, greater than 1cm in diameter. Usually they do not have a serious cause, but some are infectious and others may develop into more serious conditions, such as Erythroplasia of Queyrat, lichen sclerosis and balanitis xerotica obliterans, which may lead to the development of penile cancer
      Erythroplasia of Queyrat appears as a sharply demarcated bright red plaque with a velvety surface. Disease is not infectious, but needs prompt medical attention since it represents an early manifestation of penile cancer. Treatment usually involves excision of the affected area.
      Lichen sclerosis looks like white plaques on the glans, foreskin or shaft of the penis. The severe form of lichen sclerosis is balanitis xerotica obliterans, and it occurs on the opening of the foreskin, which becomes white and firm. Both conditions may lead to penile cancer, but rarely. Medical care is necessary.

      What spots are normal on testicles?

      Chicken-skin: it is normal that the skin on testicles looks similar to the skin of plucked chicken.
      Sebaceous cysts: they are swollen, blocked grease glands that look like yellowish pimples. They occur in dozens or more. If they become infected, they can be treated.
      Angiokeratoma of Fordyce: tiny, bright-red blood-blisters; can be itchy, but are otherwise harmless.

      What spots are not normal on testicles?

      Genital warts
      Varicoceles, which are caused by the swelling of veins; are more noticeable when standing. Approximately 15% men have this condition, and usually occurs on left side.
      Lump(s) in the testicles, which usually isn't visible, but can be felt through the skin. In most cases these lumps are armless cysts, but they may develop into testis cancer. Consult your doctor if you find a lump in your testicle.

      In conclusion

      Men are understandably concerned when they notice spots on the penis. So, what is best to do in this case?
      First of all- do not make the situation worse! For that reason do not try to squeeze anything! Squeezing might cause an additional inflammation, which can spread the bacteria that caused pimple, which leads to spreading pimples and possible scarring. Clean your skin several times daily with pH neutral soap, but do not exaggerate, since this could lead to other problems. If you suffer from swelling, apply ice pack, which should reduce swelling, redness and pain.
      However, if you feel your condition isn't just pimples, it is highly recommended to see doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible.

  28. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a first outbreak of genital herpes on a male?
    im afraid i might have gotten genital herpes from oral sex. my sexual encounter was about 20 days ago. i have no real signs, im just afraid i might have gotten it because i know people can have no symptoms at all. ive been tested for all stds and all were negative. do i have anything to worry about or am i just paranoid?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms:

      * usually develop within 2 to 20 days after contact
      * could continue up to 2 weeks
      * may be so mild it goes unnoticed
      * may take longer or be less severe in some people, especially in those with partial immunity to the virus from having facial herpes, e.g. cold sores.
      * in the first attack sometimes causes visible sores
      * last between 10 - 21 days
      Other symptoms include:

      * swollen lymph glands
      * painful inflamed blisters develop around infected area
      * headache
      * muscle ache
      * fever
      * vaginal or penis discharge
      * infection of the urethra causing a burning sensation during urination
      * a burning sensation in the genitals
      * lower back pain
      * small red bumps may appear in the genital area following earlier symptoms, later developing into painful blisters, which crust over, form a scab, and heal.

      Up to 60% of people who have genital HSV show no signs of the disease and are unaware that they are infected, but are capable of transmitting the virus to others (asymptomatic viral shedding).

  29. QUESTION:
    What does this small blister on my tongue mean?
    I have two small blisters on my tongue, and they kind of hurt. Did I get these because I drank or ate something that was too hot, and burned my tongue? Or does it mean something else?

    • ANSWER:
      Me101 -
      For lots of info on tongue blisters, go to:
      http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_would_you_get_tiny_blisters_on_your_tongue

      Tongue blisters may be due either to eating harmful edible items like spicy, acidic and hot stuffs or allergies. The tongue blisters can be recognized as tiny white or red bumps over the tongue, looking to some extent different from canker sores, which occur inside the walls of mouth. The tongue blisters go off automatically within a week or two of its appearing. Looking similar to canker sores, the tongue blisters may occur over lips, chin, nostrils and cheeks. Apart from affecting the tongue, the tongue blisters may affect whole of individual’s mouth and gums as well.

      Tongue blisters are caused basically by an infection, known as herpes simplex virus (HSV). Though a HS virus can't be exterminated completely, it can be controlled effectively. The tongue blisters, affect the children also, below three years of age. The tongue blisters, occurring among the children are known as gingivostomatitis. Emergence of tongue blisters cause among children swollen lymph nodes and fever. Children, affected from tongue blister complication, experience a great difficulty in chewing and swallowing soft edible items as well.

      Erupting due only to bacterias, causing infection, the tongue blisters get automatically relieved among adults. Though all the bacterias that cause tongue blisters recede with the passage of time, making an individual feel comfortable, it can re-emerge because of allergies, sun exposure, stress, respiratory dysfunction, menstruation and sensitivity of tongue skin.

  30. QUESTION:
    How quickly does the symptoms of herpes appear?
    I know it varies but generally? and do herpes sores always burst? could they just dissapear? how long would they be in your vagina for?

    • ANSWER:
      If you do get obvious symptoms they generally appear between 2 - 10 days. Then of course you could be exposed and not have an obvious symptom for 10 years or even ever!

      Most people do have symptoms, but they do not realize that they are actually herpes symptoms. Most of us think that the horror stories we heard in sex ed are the norm. They are not. Most people with herpes (25 - 40% of the population) experience symptoms so mild they think they are panty irritation, yeast infection, or irritation from a new soap or detergent. Sometimes they appear to be an ingrown hair, heat rash or even a bug bite.

      No, sores do not always burst. You may have a small bump that just goes away. It can be anywhere in the area a pair of shorts will cover. So yes, that bug bite on your butt cheek could actually be a herpes outbreak!

      Herpes is very hard to self diagnose unless you have a typical outbreak. Since most of us do not, it is best to have a doctor diagnose it. If you actually have an outbreak the doctor can culture it. If not, you can have a blood test done 3-4 months after possible exposure. It takes that long for the antibodies to build up in your system.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can a herpes outbreak occur in a location other than where was directly exposed?
    Okay, my boyfriend sucked on my upper/inner thigh 3 weeks ago and I'm paranoid about having herpes now. He had a white sore on his gum which we believe to be a canker sore but can't be sure. I've gotten a small red bump on my mid-buttocks area that only hurts if I rub on it a lot and it is just a little sting. Is it possible to have an outbreak on my butt when the only place exposed was my thigh? It doesn't make sense to me. Wouldn't my vagina or thigh break out not my butt? Please check out my other question for more details. It is not a blister, not filled with a fluid, it is not an open sore, and it is not on the exposed area.

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, you're worrying about nothing. A white sore on his gum is almost certainly either an apthous ulcer (aka canker sore) or a minor injury. Herpes produces blistery, painful sores, not a bump.

      It sounds like you have a deep pimple that hasn't come to a head.

  32. QUESTION:
    How long after coming in contact with the herpes virus will one's first outbreak be?
    I ask this because I may or may not have come in contact with someone who may have had herpes during an outbreak and this morning a cold sore appeared. How long would it take for symptoms to appear?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms:

      usually develop within 2 to 20 days after contact
      could continue up to 2 weeks
      may be so mild it goes unnoticed
      may take longer or be less severe in some people, especially in those with partial immunity to the virus from having facial herpes, e.g. cold sores.
      in the first attack sometimes causes visible sores
      last between 10 - 21 days
      The first episode is the most severe as most people have not been exposed to the virus before and antibodies will not have been produced to trigger the immune response.

      When the herpes virus gets into skin cells it reproduces itself and starts to multiply, making the skin red and sensitive. Blisters or bumps may appear on the genital area, the blisters first opening, then healing with the regeneration of new skin tissue.

      The infected area:

      is usually painful and may itch, burn or tingle, during the outbreak.
      Other symptoms include:

      swollen lymph glands
      painful inflamed blisters develop around infected area
      headache
      muscle ache
      fever
      vaginal or penis discharge
      infection of the urethra causing a burning sensation during urination
      a burning sensation in the genitals
      lower back pain
      small red bumps may appear in the genital area following earlier symptoms, later developing into painful blisters, which crust over, form a scab, and heal.
      No Symptoms:

      Up to 60% of people who have genital HSV show no signs of the disease and are unaware that they are infected, but are capable of transmitting the virus to others (asymptomatic viral shedding).

      Recurrences

      Subsequent recurrences of the virus may cause an outbreak of blisters.

      Recurrences:

      are usually shorter and less severe than the initial episode
      may decrease in both severity and frequency over time
      are usually preceded by warning symptoms (also known as prodromal symptoms)
      After the lesions have healed, and the symptoms of recurrence have ended, pain and discomfort in the genital area is still sometimes felt (post-herpetic neuralgia).

      Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to treat this condition. Some people find these drugs effective for the discomfort of the prodrome, and for the duration of the outbreak.

      How common are recurrences?

      80% of persons having a first episode caused by HSV-2 will have at least one recurrence
      50% of persons with HSV-1 will experience a recurrence
      The most common scenario is occasional recurrences (about 4 attacks per year)
      Usually, the first year has the most viral activity
      A recurrence takes place when the virus replicates in the nerve ganglia and particles of virus travel along the nerve to the site of primary infection in the skin or mucous membranes (inner, moist lining of the mouth, vagina etc).

      There are very subtle forms of recurring herpes found on the penis, vulva, anus, thigh and buttocks or anywhere in or around the genital area that heal very quickly (within a matter of days).

      Signs of Recurrent Outbreaks:

      Breaks or irregularities in the skin, such as a cut, red bump or rash
      Small sores or blisters that form a crust may occur anywhere in the region between the legs--thigh, buttocks, anus, or pubis
      Healing occurs in half the time as the first outbreak

      What brings on or "triggers" an outbreak or recurrence?

      Although it is not known exactly why the virus reactivates at various times, both physical and/or psychological factors can bring on an outbreak.

      Physical Factors:

      Physical factors differ from person to person, but may be caused from:

      being run-down
      suffering from other genital infections (affecting the local skin area)
      menstruation
      drinking a lot of alcohol
      exposure of the area to strong sunlight
      conditions that compromise a person's immune system (where the body's immune system is not functioning normally)
      prolonged periods of stress
      ultraviolet light
      friction or damage to the skin, caused by, for example, sexual intercourse, may also lead to a recurrence
      surgical trauma
      anything that lowers your immune system or causes local injury can trigger recurrences.
      Psychological Factors:

      periods of prolonged stress can cause more frequent recurrences
      it is also common to experience stress and anxiety as a result of having recurrences.
      Prodrome

      A warning sign (prodrome) is experienced by many people in recurring outbreaks. Warning symptoms which indicate the virus is becoming active, and is on its way to the skin's surface may include:

      itching
      tingling
      numbness
      burning
      general fatigue
      flu-like symptoms
      fever
      swelling of the lymph nodes in the area of outbreak
      headache
      painful urination
      pain in the buttocks, back of legs, lower back
      Cycle of a typical outbreak or recurrence

      The symptoms of an active herpes outbreak or recurrence may occur in the following phases.

      Symptomatic Course of the Disease:

      Inflammation
      Swelling, tenderness, and/or redness that may appear before the

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the bumps in my mouth?
    Today I noticed have a patch of small bumps in the inside of my cheek in the front. I kissed my boyfriend last night. So obviously, I probably caught something but I need to know what? The bumps are not white, they match the color of my mouth and they are not painful. This is the first day I've had them though, so will it get worse? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      oooo, i cant tell you for sure
      but i think you have mono.
      or herpes<--- but with herpes the bumps are out side tyour mouth, so i would go w/ mono
      bc what the other girl is talking about isnt the same as biting your cheek

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the small raised white bump on my lip?
    I am in my 30s. No, it's not herpes, but thanks for that. It's a little white bump that has been there for more than 2 weeks (I think). At first I assumed it was just a patch of dry skin, and I've tried to slough it off (bite it, use a washcloth, whatever), but it comes back. Should I be concerned? I'd say it's about 1/4 of the size of a pencil eraser. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you use tobacco products?

  35. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between fordyce spots and herpes?
    I started to notice small bumps around the base of my penis and genitals. This has me very worried and at first I thought it might be herpes, but now I am leaning more toward it being fordyce spots. I have looked into both options and I personally believe my bumps look more like the pics I've seen of fordyce spots. Is their any way to tell the difference between the two symptom wise or any way to tell from the bumps themselves. Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated on this matter.

    • ANSWER:
      HERPES SOMTIMES ITCH, MORE WATERY, COME IN A BUNCH OF MANY SPOTS, BIT ACHES AND YOU CAN FEEL THEM BIT HEAVY. FIRST TIME CAN BE PAINFUL SOMTIMES.

      WHILE FORDYCE ARE VERY COMMON, THEY DONT PAIN OR ANY FEEL.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is this small, soft white and red bump on the top of my mouth?
    Recently these past 3 or 4 months I've been getting 1 little red and white bump in 1 particular spot of my mouth, in the top, back left side of my mouth, aligned with my last tooth closest to my throat. I've been popping these everytime I get them by sucking on it or just scratching at it, and very very little blood comes out and some other stuff, maybe puss. Could anyone let me know what this little bump is and why it keeps coming back in the same exact spot?

    • ANSWER:
      You might have herpes. You need to see a doctor, not yahoo answers. Do you brush your teeth regularly?
      Gargle? Take a little glass of just warm salt water, not real salty, (about 1/4 tsp salt to 4 oz. warm water)
      Try gargeling 3 times, (gargle, spit it out, gargle spit it out, gargle spit it out. Rinse briefly with cold water.) 2 or 3 times a day.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are these chicken skin like bumps around vulva?
    I've noticed tiny white chicken-skin like bumps around my vulva, especially when I stretch the skin.
    It's not on the lips, it's inside of them. They seem to be more prominent lately, maybe because I am about to have my monthly gift? Could it also be because I am undergoing immense stress? I am just wondering if these are normal, or a sign of something terrible. I've been giving myself more inspections lately due to being paranoid of contracting STDs or STIs.

    Please help!
    Also, these bumps are not random. They seem to be symmetrical and in a pattern on each side.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest u go to your doctor.....these could be signs of genital herpes......get yourself checked out before it gets worse.....It could be as big as an std or as small as a rash..

  38. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when I have small red bumps around the opening of my anus?
    Im sexually active and I usually use condoms but a week ago I didn't. I'm a female and my partner tried anal sex on me. He didn't use a condom but he did labricate so it didn't hurt as much. The day after I was fine but the day after that my anus hurt. I noticed a couple red bumps around it.I have been messing with it (and washing my hands after word) but I just keep irritating it. I freaked out and searched up stds such as herpes but I'm not sure because my bumps didn't look like the pictures. My partner said he has been tested and I know I am but I can't help feeling afraid that I might have herpes. I'm trying to go to a doctor but I wanna know in the mean time opinions of what it might be. As of today the pain has went down because I haven't touched it. Anyone help ASAP?!

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the short and long term symptoms of genital herpes?
    I'm doing a physical ed. assignment on genital herpes, and i need to know what the short and long term symptoms of it are. please and thank-you.

    • ANSWER:
      The classic symptom of genital herpes is a cluster of small fluid-filled blisters that break, forming painful sores that crust and heal. This process can take several days.

      But some people get only a rash or small bumps on the skin that appear to be pimples. Still others have different symptoms, such as painful urination, and some women have fluid discharge from the vagina.

      Sores may appear four to seven days after a person is first infected. Flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen lymph glands in the groin, may also follow the initial infection.

      Symptoms come and go with no set pattern. One person may have an outbreak once a year, while another may have one every few weeks. Before a flare-up, a person may notice an itching, tingling, or burning sensation in the affected area, and there may be sharp pains in the pelvis or down the leg.

      Herpes sores are usually worst the first time they appear. In later outbreaks the sores tend to be less painful and last for a shorter period of time.

      The symptoms of genital herpes can affect any of the following places on the body:

      Penis
      Scrotum
      Vulva
      Vagina
      Anus
      Urethra
      Thighs
      Buttocks

  40. QUESTION:
    What are these small painless bumps in my mouth?
    Every time me and my girl kiss, she gets them, and they go away the next day. But the bumps dont hurt, they dont bother, and it happens after we kiss, and then dissapear.

    ???????????????

    • ANSWER:
      Its sounds like a cold sore or herpes. There is quick treatment for it. But no guarantee that it won't pass on.

  41. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend has a white fleshy bump within the tip of his penis. What is it?
    I've been doing a lot of research on STDS and I still can't find a matching description.

    It is a bump the size of a tiny pea and his foreskin covers it.

    • ANSWER:
      could also be (in addition to the multitude of warts diagnosis) herpes. cankers can be open sores or small blister looking things.

  42. QUESTION:
    What does it meen if you have a couple of white bumps by your penis?
    Well I have never seen thoes there befour. I just shaved and saw 3 bumps by my penis . But I have protected sex allways so. What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Small bumps on the penis can be a few things. Little white bumps on the shaft of the penis that don't hurt and are not red or swollen may be pimples or ingrown hairs. These are common and they're nothing to worry about. Another condition that's normal and no cause for concern is pearly penile papules. These whitish bumps appear on the glans (head) of the penis or along the edge of the glans in many guys. If you are or have been sexually active, bumps on the penis may be signs of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Painful blisters, bumps, or ulcers may be herpes. Another STD, genital warts (HPV) can show up as bumps on the penis. Sometimes these are irregular in shape or even barely seen, and they're not painful. Some other STDs, like syphilis, also can show up as painless ulcers on the penis. Although the bumps associated with STDs may not be painful, they could put your health and your partner's health at risk if they are not treated quickly and properly. Of course, the skin on the penis — like the skin anywhere else on a person's body — can get irritated. And it's often hard to distinguish normal bumps from those caused by an STD. So the only way to really know what your bumps are is to be examined by a doctor.

  43. QUESTION:
    Do the symptoms of the STD trichomoniasis ever include small red bumps?
    I went to a quick care clinic today and was diagnosed with trichomoniasis. I later noticed the red bumps, which are what is causing the irritation. I've look online and haven't seen any pages stating that these bumps are symptoms and I'm worried that it may be herpes. Could these small itchy bumps have anything to do with my diagnosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sarah, I have had/have both. I never noticed red bumps with Trich...only a putrid grey discharge (smelled awful) and I was irritated.) I have Herpes and had bumps that itched and were sore and hurt. Since there is no way for anyone to tell you for sure what this is, why not go back to the doctor and get tested for Herpes before it goes dormant and you get a false negative?...this way you know for sure. I know it is a pain, but better to know than to unwittingly be spreading Herpes around...I am sure your partner(s) would appreciate it. Good luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why do I have red bumps on my penis?
    After intercourse today, I had small red bumps on the head of my penis. They are very small, have no discharge coming from them, and they itch slightly after intercourse, but the itching goes away. This happened a few weeks ago, and I went to the doctor and was given a cream and it went away. I was tested for STDs, but they messed up on my test and didn't test me for everything. My girlfriend, who is the only partner I have ever had, has been tested on multiple occasions, and always was clean. I think that it is irritation, because she usually isn't wet when we start having intercourse, so there is a lot of uncomfortable rubbing. Do you think this is an STD, a yeast infection(she doesn't have one), or just irritation?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds more like irritation. It's probably from the friction of your penis going in and out of your girlfriends vagina, especially since you said it's not very wet or lubricated.

      What kind of cream were you given? If you would have said I would have been able to tell you what it probably is.

      A lot of people on here are saying herpes. If it was herpes you would have large sores on your penis and be in A LOT of pain. I have had genital herpes for over 5 years and this does NOT sound like genital herpes. A lot of people jump to conclusions when they hear "red bumps". They automatically think herpes, when it's usually not.

      You may want to go back to the doctor if this doesn't clear up in a few days. Good luck to you!

  45. QUESTION:
    My bf has small bumps that look like blood blisters on his penis an my vagina itches nonstop. what is this?
    So today After me and my boyfriend got done having sex he took a shower. When he got out he said there was bumps on his penis. I looked and it looked like blood blisters. And now my vagina is itching. What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like here that he had infected you with herpes or an s.t.d both of you need to get check out by your doctor and get antibiotics to cure you , only your doctor can property diagnose the problem and treat you both accordingly

      benji

  46. QUESTION:
    What is this bump under my skin of pubic hairs?
    Ok I havent been active in sex for about 6 months. I shave my pubic hairs ever so often. And for a little while (recently) I have this bump under my skin. Not too painful to touch. I played with it sqeezing it and it got just a little bit bigger. From just looking at it there isnt any redness and you wouldnt know anthing was wrong unless I said something. What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      don't be scared that its herpes.

      this summer, at camp, i had this sharp feeling if i didn't touch it in my pubic area. i looked at it one day and there was 2 little pimpley like whiteheads, then the next day they were small red dots.
      More started to appear and i thought it was poison ivy.
      The nurse took a look and took me to a doctor who said it was herpes. It hurt so bad i cried a lot, especially because im not sexually active. At all. But i thought i got it again, and a new doctor said that my nurse and old doctor were wrong and its not herpes.

      So its probably jsut an ingrown hair.
      I had those the first time i shaved.

  47. QUESTION:
    Question about small white bumps on scrotum?
    I have these real small white bumps on my scrotum. And its not like they are red sores or anything like herpes almost look like small zits... and weird. Can anyone give me a mature response as to what this may be and how to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      This is probably normal.

      There is hair growing on your scrotum, and each hair grows out of a hair follicle. Each hair follicle contains a sebaceous gland, which is responsible for producing an oil called "sebum".

      Sometimes the sebum in these glands becomes clogged and can cause those little white bumps you're describing.

      These are also called pilar cysts or steatocystoma.

      Read more at http://www.talkmedical.com/diseases-disorders/855/Sebaceous-Cysts.

      Unless these bumps are significantly reddened or painful, you should have no cause for worry.

  48. QUESTION:
    What kind of bumps could you get on your lip besides cold sores or herpes?
    I have had this little bump on my lip for a few months now, it doesn't hurt, and you can hardly even see it unless I stretch my lips thin and then it looks like a pimple but won't pop. It doesn't hurt, but it doesn't seem to go away just get so small you can even see it and then every now and then it gets bigger. I dont think it is a cold sore or herpes or anything. Any idea what it could be or how I can get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds to me like a cyst. You ought to go to a doctor and have the doc check that out. I had a friend that got something like what you describe it bothered him for months he finally went to a doctor and found out it was a cancer.

      Unfortunately, while it was only a surface bump it was much more advanced and had unknowingly spread throughout his neck and throat area. He went through ton's of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for several months. This went on for a couple of years. We buried him this last summer at the age of 23.

      It really sucked cause he lived a clean life, didnt smoke, or chew tobacco, didn't drink alcohol, or do any drugs.

  49. QUESTION:
    percautions that are need to live with someone with genetal herpes?
    My roomate has genetal herpes what are some percautions that i need to take so i wont get infected?

    • ANSWER:
      The article below from the National Institutes of Health should give you some idea, especially under prevention. Another question you may want to know is how long herpes can live on a surface. I haven't been able to find it. You may want to check out http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes_overview.cfm as well as the article below:

      October 2005

      Genital Herpes
      OVERVIEW
      Genital herpes is an infection of the genitals, buttocks, or anal area caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV.
      HSV type 1 most commonly infects the mouth and lips, causing sores known as fever blisters or cold sores. It is also an important cause of sores to the genitals.
      HSV type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes, but it also can infect the mouth.
      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 5 American teenagers and adults is infected with HSV-2. Women are more commonly infected than men. In the United States, 1 out of 4 women is infected with HSV-2.

      Since the late 1970s, the number of people with genital herpes infection has increased 30 percent nationwide. The largest increase has been among teens and young adults.

      TRANSMISSION
      If you have genital herpes infection, you can easily pass or transmit the virus to an uninfected partner during sex.

      Most people get genital herpes by having sex with someone who is shedding the herpes virus either during an outbreak or during a period with no symptoms. People who do not know they have herpes play an important role in transmission.

      You can transmit herpes through close contact other than sexual intercourse, through oral sex or close skin-to-skin contact, for example.

      The virus is spread rarely, if at all, by objects such as a toilet seat or hot tub.

      Reduce your risk of spreading herpes

      People with herpes should follow a few simple steps to avoid spreading the infection to other places on their body or other people.

      Avoid touching the infected area during an outbreak, and wash your hands after contact with the area.
      Do not have sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) from the time of first genital symptoms until symptoms are completely gone.
      TREATMENT
      Although there is no cure for genital herpes, your health care provider might prescribe an antiviral medicine to treat your symptoms and to help prevent future outbreaks. This can decrease the risk of passing herpes to sexual partners. Medicines to treat genital herpes are

      Acyclovir (Zovirax)
      Famciclovir (Famvir)
      Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
      SYMPTOMS
      Symptoms of herpes are called outbreaks. The first outbreak appears within 2 weeks after you become infected and can last for several weeks. These symptoms might include tingling or sores near the area where the virus has entered the body, such as on the genital or rectal area, on buttocks or thighs, or occasionally on other parts of the body where the virus has entered through broken skin. They also can occur inside the vagina and on the cervix in women, or in the urinary passage of women and men. Small red bumps appear first, develop into small blisters, and then become itchy, painful sores that might develop a crust and will heal without leaving a scar.

      Sometimes, there is a crack or raw area or some redness without pain, itching, or tingling.

      Other symptoms that may accompany the first (and less often future) outbreak of genital herpes are fever, headache, muscle aches, painful or difficult urination, vaginal discharge, and swollen glands in the groin area.

      Often, though, people don’t recognize their first or subsequent outbreaks. People who have mild or no symptoms at all may not think they are infected with herpes. They can still transmit the virus to others, however.

      Recurrence of herpes outbreaks

      In most people, the virus can become active and cause outbreaks several times a year. This is called a recurrence, and infected people can have symptoms. HSV remains in certain nerve cells of your body for life. When the virus is triggered to be active, it travels along the nerves to your skin. There, it makes more virus and sometimes new sores near the site of the first outbreak.

      Recurrences are generally much milder than the first outbreak of genital herpes. HSV-2 genital infection is more likely to result in recurrences than HSV-1 genital infection. Recurrences become less common over time.

      Symptoms from recurrences might include itching, tingling, vaginal discharge, and a burning feeling or pain in the genital or anal area. Sores may be present during a recurrence, but sometimes they are small and easily overlooked.

      Sometimes, the virus can become active but not cause any visible sores or any symptoms. During 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. This is called asymptomatic (without symptoms) shedding. Even though you are not aware of the shedding, you can infect a sexual partner during this time. Asymptomatic shedding is an important factor in the spread of herpes.

      DIAGNOSIS
      Your health care provider can diagnose typical genital herpes by looking at the sores. Some cases, however, are more difficult to diagnose.

      The virus sometimes, but not always, can be detected by a laboratory test called a culture. A culture is done when your health care provider uses a swab to get and study material from a suspected herpes sore. You may still have genital herpes, however, even if your culture is negative (which means it does not show HSV).

      A blood test cannot show whether you are having a herpes outbreak, but it can show if you are infected with HSV. Newer blood tests, called type-specific tests, can tell whether you are infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2. Blood tests cannot tell between genital and other herpes infections. Health experts assume, however, that if you are positive for HSV-2, you have had genital infection.

      Coping with herpes

      A diagnosis of genital herpes can have emotional effects whether or not symptoms are present. If you have genital herpes, you are probably concerned about the effect of your disease on personal relationships. In addition, your sexual partner may be concerned about their risk of infection. Proper counseling and treatment can help you and your partner learn to cope with the disease.

      PREVENTION
      Because herpes can be transmitted from someone who has no symptoms, using these precautions is not enough to prevent transmission. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved Valtrex for use in preventing transmission of genital herpes. It has to be taken continuously by the infected person, and while it significantly decreases the risk of the transmission of herpes, transmission can still occur.

      Do not have oral genital contact in the presence of any symptoms or findings of oral herpes.
      Using barriers such as condoms during sexual activity may decrease transmission, but transmission can occur even if condoms are used correctly. Condoms may not cover all infected areas.
      COMPLICATIONS
      Genital herpes infections usually do not cause serious health problems in healthy adults. In some people whose immune systems do not work properly, genital herpes outbreaks can be unusually severe and long lasting.

      Occasionally, people with normal immune systems can get herpes infection of the eye, called ocular herpes. Ocular herpes is usually caused by HSV-1 but sometimes by HSV-2. It can occasionally result in serious eye disease, including blindness.

      A woman with herpes who is pregnant can pass the infection to her baby. A baby born with herpes might die or have serious brain, skin, or eye problems. Pregnant women who have herpes, or whose sex partner has herpes should discuss the situation with her health care provider. Together they can make a plan to reduce her or her baby’s risk of getting infected. Babies who are born with herpes do better if the disease is recognized and treated early.

      Genital herpes, like other genital diseases that cause sores, is important in the spread of HIV infection.

      RESEARCH
      The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) supports research on genital herpes and HSV. Studies are currently underway to develop better treatments for the millions of people who suffer from genital herpes. While some scientists are carrying out clinical trials to determine the best way to use existing medicines, others are studying the biology of HSV. NIAID scientists have identified certain genes and enzymes (proteins) that the virus needs to survive. They are hopeful that drugs aimed at disrupting these viral targets might lead to the design of more effective treatments.

      Meanwhile, other researchers are devising methods to control the virus’ spread. Two important means of preventing HSV infection are vaccines and topical microbicides.

      Several different vaccines are in various stages of development. These include vaccines made from proteins on the HSV cell surface, peptides or chains of amino acids, and the DNA of the virus itself. NIAID and GlaxoSmithKline are supporting a large clinical trial in women of an experimental vaccine that may help prevent transmission of genital herpes. The trial is being conducted at more than 35 sites nationwide. For more information, click here Herpevac Trial for Women or go to herpesvaccine.nih.gov.

      Topical microbicides, preparations containing microbe-killing compounds, are also in various stages of development and testing. These include gels, creams, or lotions that a woman could insert into the vagina prior to intercourse to prevent infection.

      An NIAID-supported clinical trial demonstrated that once-daily suppressive therapy using valacyclovir significantly reduces risk of transmission of genital herpes to an uninfected partner. This is the first time an antiviral medication had been shown to reduce the risk of transmission of an STI. This strategy may contribute to preventing the spread of genital herpes.

      MORE INFORMATION
      National Library of Medicine
      MedlinePlus
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      Bethesda, MD 20894
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      http://medlineplus.gov

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      CDC-INFO
      1600 Clifton Road
      Atlanta, GA 30333
      1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)
      1-888-232-6348 TTY
      http://www.cdc.gov

      The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
      409 12th Street, S.W.
      P.O. Box 96920
      Washington, DC 20090-6920
      202-863-2518
      http://www.acog.org

      National Herpes Resource Center and Hotline
      American Social Health Association
      P.O. Box 13827
      Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-9940
      919-361-8488 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday)
      http://www.ashastd.org/hrc/index.html

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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      News releases, fact sheets and other NIAID-related materials are available on the NIAID Web site at http://www.niaid.nih.gov.

      Prepared by:
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      PS: Just to be extra safe you may want to wash your clothes separately. If this isn't possible use hot water. You might even want to use a hot water with bleach empty load to be safe or wash washer with 70% alcohol. DO NOT mix alcohol and bleach though! This will make very toxic acid (HCl)
      I don't know if it's necessary but you will feel safer. I lived in communal housing where everyone's clothes were washed together. At least one girl had herpes and I never got it. But then the nun running it was generous with hot water and chlorox bleach. But, bleach can cause allergies to your skin, so better to put it to clean the washer than your clothes.

      Clean shower floor well, maybe with 70% alcohol OR bleach solution (if you want). Rinse bleach off well. Same for a tub bath. Just running water can mechanically remove viruses and bacteria. So, at the very least turn on shower for a few minutes with hot water before you get in.

      If you do use bleach, be sure and have windows open and vent! Too much bleach is far more dangerous than herpes!

  50. QUESTION:
    How do i know if i have chafing from my pads or genital herpes?
    At first I had a small tender spot that stung when i would urinate but it wasn't bumps it was just a big light spot . But now it is a tender spot that doesn't hurt that much anymore and a few little bumps but it hasn't spread . Am I having a breakout from herpes ? Or am I just paranoid ?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, if you are really afraid that you've contracted something go to the doctor.

      However, in general, most people infected with HSV-2 are not even aware of their infection.

      But, if signs and symptoms occur during the first outbreak, they can be quite pronounced. The first outbreak usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted, and the sores typically heal within two to four weeks. Other signs and symptoms during the primary episode may include a second crop of sores, and flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands. However, most individuals with HSV-2 infection never have sores, or they have very mild signs that they do not even notice or that they mistake for insect bites or another skin condition.

      People diagnosed with a first episode of genital herpes can expect to have several (typically four or five) outbreaks (symptomatic recurrences) within a year. Over time these recurrences usually decrease in frequency. It is possible that a person becomes aware of the "first episode" years after the infection is acquired.


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