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Though some people visit this site to find comfort and support in the community, others seek it out after an unexpected (or unprotected) sexual encounter. Left with more questions than answers, these people have a burning desire (pun intended) to find out what their post-sex condition could mean. I see many people describe their symptoms on this site and ask what kind of disease they might have. My initial response is: “Go SEE a doctor!” Although the Internet is a powerful resource, there is no way one can be diagnosed online, even by a doctor. If you are concerned about bumps, discharge, or any other extraordinary signs of illness, you should make an appointment to see a medical professional who can examine you.
One of the main symptoms that people ask about is the presence of bumps on or near the genital area. The word “bump” is very vague; it could be anything from an ingrown hair to a herpes sore, and every...
A few years ago, Dr. Berman posted information on how the human papillomavirus infection (HPV) can sometimes cause skin cancer, specifically squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). A study, completed by Margaret R. Karagas, Ph.D. of Dartmouth Medical School, suggests a relationship to SCC and the number of HPV viruses a person contracts.
Cutaneous HPV viruses are those that affect the skin, and include common warts. Common warts normally appear on the hands and feet, although can also be found on the elbows and knees. These are more common in children, possibly because people develop immunity to these viruses. Throughout your life, you may be exposed to many different strains of HPV viruses. These were previously thought to be unrelated to skin cancer but may play a role.
Dr. Karagas' study showed that those with SCC were infected with more types of cutaneous HPV than those without cancer. According to the study, it was not necessarily the type of HPV infection, but the number of...
There is good news ahead for herpes patients, who usually suffer
through a week of treatment before their pain and symptoms are
The FDA has recently approved Famvir as a one-day treatment
option for patients with genital herpes, the first of its kind.
Used properly, under the new FDA dosing regimen guidelines, Famvir
can be used to prevent herpes outbreaks or curtail them as they
This is a huge step in treatment for a virus that affects 45
million people in the U.S. and whose symptoms often go
The key to herpes treatment is managing the virus in the first
signs of an outbreak, when the virus is most active. Studies showed
that patients who were treated with Famvir at these critical
moments greatly shortened the period of time needed for recovery
from herpes symptoms.
A 1,500-milligram once-a-day dosage has been approved for cold
sores, to be taken for one day at the onset of an outbreak.
A 1,000-milligram twice-a-day for one day dosage has been
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