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Different Types of Sores

Posted on 30 April 2011

If you have herpes then you know that one of the most unpleasant symptoms is getting sores. Herpes sores can be very painful for weeks at a time, and even secrete pus.

The sores can crust over, leaving you with a very unattractive area. There are two kinds of sores, those from herpes type 1 and those from herpes type 2.

Since herpes sores are so undesirable, many people want to know what to do about them. There are different treatments for the two different kinds of herpes.

First you should understand that HSV-1 is more commonly known as cold sores, while HSV-2 is more commonly known as genital herpes.

It is surprising that most people actual have HSV-1, even if they never develop herpes sores on their mouth. These look a bit like a pimple that’s on your mouth. They are usually manageable, and go away fairly quickly when compared to HSV-2.

The best thing you can do for a cold sore is to make sure you do not kiss anyone or share a drink at the time of outbreak. You are most likely to spread herpes to others when sores are visible.

There are over the counter products that can help you. One of the most well known is called Abreva. This medication lessens the duration and severity of your cold sore.

Of course, sores in the genital region are a lot more devastating than those on your mouth. The sores “down below” are often very painful.

There may be quite a bit of them, covering most of your genital area. They may pus and ooze, making it embarrassing to even think about.

You have to be a lot more careful when you have HSV-2. Sexual relationships during an outbreak are an absolute no-no, and you’ll have to take extra special precaution even when you’re sore free.

There is a relatively new drug on the market called Famvir. It has actually been FDA approved for use on both genital herpes and cold sores. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

Still, this is not a cure for herpes sores. There is not known cure yet. The best you can do is maintain and manage your outbreaks with medicine that is provided by your doctor.

Always be sure to avoid contact with other people during an outbreak. Sores from herpes can be very embarrassing, but if you’ve caught the virus they are simply a fact of life.

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9 Responses to “Different Types of Sores”

  1. Lesego says:

    I am nt sexually active n i have never been but on friday 18 December 2009 i developed sores under my pubic hair n they have now spread to my thighs.do u knw what could have caused this n what can i use to treat them

  2. Isabel says:

    I have only had sex with two guys from what I know of they don’t have any std’s but I get these bumps with pus on my inner thigh and under my pubic hairs but those I get after shaving that area but are the other bumps bad?

  3. mandrews says:

    Sores related to shaving are caused by the skin healing over the hair folical and is not STD related. This is very normal and usually painful. Using a skin cream or baby oil before or after shaving usually prevents the sores. (try a lubricating shaving gel for women, it should help.)

  4. confusedgirl says:

    i have only been with one person and i made them get tested and they were clean and i now have moved on and started seeing someone else. we had sex, and have had sex a few times, and when i went to go to the bathroom, there was a big white pimple on my right lip.. i popped it, and a little watery pus came out, now i just have it there and i check it like every hour because im so worried! and my boyfriend developed a cold sore on his lip and we had a bit of foreplay, does this mean i have a cold sore on my vagina? please help asap!! :(

  5. natalie says:

    i have open sores on the inside of my vagina(thats on the jaw) my doctor send me to do a blood test it come back ok. but the sore is there 4 weeks now and it look like more coming up they dont itch but i feel a little pain down to my anus area.wat could it be

  6. becca says:

    Dear natalie
    if you had a blood test for herpes2, genital herpes and it came back negative,then be comfident and thankful that you dont have herpes! There are many different kinds of sores that can occur in the genital area. Did your doctor give you something to heal the sores or give you some kind of idea what it was? One piece of advise; I was always scared of getting herpes2. After 47 years of not contracting the infection, I got together with an old love tat claims he didnt know he had it. Protect yourself and dont let any guy talk you into having unprotected sex. This infection confuses me. When i was tested, although after 6 years I have never had any type of noticeable outbreak, when I asked the doctor at the womens healthcare office if I should tell my boyfriend, she said NO! Anyway, good luck. I would see another doctor if this one did nit have an answer to your problem. There is always an answer!

  7. becca says:

    if you had a blood test for herpes2, genital herpes and it came back negative,then be comfident and thankful that you dont have herpes! There are many different kinds of sores that can occur in the genital area. Did your doctor give you something to heal the sores or give you some kind of idea what it was? One piece of advise; I was always scared of getting herpes2. After 47 years of not contracting the infection, I got together with an old love tat claims he didnt know he had it. Protect yourself and dont let any guy talk you into having unprotected sex. This infection confuses me. When i was tested, although after 6 years I have never had any type of noticeable outbreak, when I asked the doctor at the womens healthcare office if I should tell my boyfriend, she said NO! Anyway, good luck. I would see another doctor if this one did nit have an answer to your problem. There is always an answer!

  8. clare says:

    Always be protected! I found out four years ago i have HSV2, i will never know when i contracted the virus, i was married to a doctor at the time i had an outbreak, he checked me out and did blood test for me and i came back HSV2. I was heartbroken. I will never know who gave it to me, and if they had it and knew how could you do that to someone, and if they didn’t know then i can’t blame them. After i found out i had HSV2 i chose to tell the people that I was going to be intimate with bc it was thier choice to come in contact with me and still i have had no one be like OMG NO WAY! It is hard and im ashamed to tell anyone but i made the choice to be unproteced and i paid the pice for it. Telling my husband and mother was the worse thing but they were not upset but sad for me that it happened. I still have a great life and just gave birth to my second child normally. I was put on medication at 36 weeks they checked me when my water broke for sores and i had a normal vaginal delivery to a healthy baby! Life does go on, i have outbreaks alot due to my sucky immune system and stress. They are painful and i feel like crap when it happens. I take valtrex when i feel the virus start, a part of my skin gets painful like on my leg and i know an outbreak is coming. I keep away from my husband bc i want him to not contract it as long as we can help it! I am 25 and i wish there was a cure. Be open as you can with people about it, it is hard but people do understand. It happens. keep similing! It could be worse !

  9. Za says:

    Dear natalie i have sore on the left lip on my vigana what cause it


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