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Can a cold sore cause genital herpes

A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
20 years experience in Dentistry
NO: Canker sores, also known at apthous ulcers, are not caused by the herpes virus. They are the result of a break in the skin by either trauma or an aut ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Herpes: There are two types or viruses that cause herpes. The cold sore type herpes is found in 75% of americans. This is known as herpes type one. Once one ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
That is: Possible.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Two herpes: No. Absolutely not. First. You cannot get the same herpes virus twice or in two different locations. Second genital herpes is a different and separa ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Loury
38 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: Cold sores are caused by herpes virus 1 and genital herpes by type 2.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
29 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Confusing question: Your question needs clarification. But, genital warts are caused by hpv human papilloma virus. Strep throat is caused by group a beta hemolytic strept ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Neumann
36 years experience in Gynecology
Yes: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. Genital herpes is usually caused byhsv type 2. However, type 1 can be passed from a cold sore to ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Viral infection: Cold sores are a viral infection (herpes simplex virus type 1). However, it is possible that a person could develop a secondary bacterial infection.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: Once someone has been infected with herpes more than a few months, the virus they is not transmitted to other body areas. Even with active cold sores, ... Read More
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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syal answered
32 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Herpes can be transferred from the mouth to the genitals.
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Windisch
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Herpes viruses come in two flavors- HSV i and HSV ii. Either virus can occur on the lips or in the genitalia.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience in Dermatology
Yes: Yes.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Herpes Simplex 1: Could cause genital lesions but it doesn't cause genital warts.Human papillomavirus can cause genital warts.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on y ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Absolutely: You can get type 1 which is oral herpes in the genital region and u can get type 2 which is genital herpes in the mouth or lips.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
Not Usually But: Oral herpes is a common infection of the mouth area. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1). There are two types of hsv, termed hsv-1 ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Rocamboli
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: Yes. However its is very often the other way around. You get a cold, it lowers your immune system and then you get a cold sore.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
In a word, yes: Most associate type 1 with lesions near the lips and type 2 with genital lesions. However, either type can be found at both locations. Transfer of the ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mjos
43 years experience in Dentistry
YES: If it is expressing any fluid, it is very contagious.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
That is possible.: Sometimes herpes type i infection can be spread to genitals.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kayvon Javid
19 years experience in Dentistry
They are linked: Cold sores are linked to the herpes virus. If you get cold sores it means you have the virus.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience in Family Medicine
Absolutely.: You can get both herpes type i and 2 on the mouth. You can also get both on the genitals.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
See below: Genital herpes used to be just Herpes simplex type 2. Cold sore used to be just Herpes simplex type 1. However, that is no longer the case. Either vir ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Weissberg
54 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Yes-especially if you engage in oral sex or touch your lips and then the genitals.

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