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is herpes and cold sores the same thing

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Cold sores: Which are also called fever blisters are due to infection with the herpes simplex virus.

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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: The herpes virus hsv1 and hsv2 both can cause cold sores and genital herpes.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Cold sores: Or fever blisters have classically been paired with herpes simplex type 1 (oral herpes) but herpes simplex type 2 can also cause oral lesions.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pope
44 years experience in Dentistry
Yes: Once a upon a time there was herpes simplex type one which was the cause of oral cold sores and herpes simplex two which was the cause of genital sor ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
24 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Cold sores: Commonly misdiagnosed, cold sores are not always herpes! some cold sores are "apthae" (canker sores) which is a nonspecific term for recurrent ulcerat ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Mizuguchi
25 years experience in Dermatology
Yes: Cold sores and fever blisters are terms people use to describe a viral infection which usually affects the lips. The most common cause is by the hsv1 ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
18 years experience in Dermatology
cold sore vs blister: Blisters can be caused by friction, a burn, cold environment, contact with irritants or allergens, drug reaction, an autoimmune disease, an infection, ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Genital lesions...: ...Tend to be somewhat larger; other than that, the "dew drops on a rose petal" appearance is the same.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Shingles is also called herpes zoster, but the two viruses are completely different. Shingles is recurrence of the varicella-zoster virus which causes ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Herpes: New terms: Hi yes. The simple answer is yes. Doctors and others expert in the care of herpes are trying to de-stigmatize the term 'genital' herpes or even th ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
The majority of: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex 1 virus.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rajesh Kumar
47 years experience in Pediatrics
Not the same : recurrent aphthous ulcers and other ulcers in the mouth are not the same. Causes of ulcers are many: Viral infections, particularly herpes simplex a ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Can be type 1 or 2: Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes type 1 or 2. Herpes viruses, after the initial infection, live in a person's nerves and ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Lemme
34 years experience in Family Medicine
Primarily location: Herpes simplex virus caises both oral lesions and genital lesions. Type 1 is usually found on the lips or mouth and type 2 in the genital region...Bu ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gabriel Betancourt
10 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes.: The virus you are referring to is called herpes simplex virus (hsv). There are 2 main types: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is more commonly associated wit ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Cold sores have : Most often associated with herpes simplex 1 but herpes simplex 2 can also cause it.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes and no: They are obviously very different problems, but the same viruses (herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2) cause both. Genital herpes is acquired sexually, ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Sun is a trigger.: Sun is one possible trigger for cold sores. To prevent cold sores from occurring wash hands often. Maintain a healthful lifestyle (regular exercise, ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Oral herpes: Cold sores are caused by oral herpes virus.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Anderson
27 years experience in Gynecology
Same: If you mean a "fever blister" or "cold sore" that you get on your lip, then these are caused by the herpes virus (usually herpes simplex virus, type 1 ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
Cold vs Canker: See> http://www.uhs.umich.edu/coldcankersores
A female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
HSV1 and HSV2: There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV), cleverly called types 1 and 2. HSV1 causes almost all oral herpes (cold sores), but also causes ma ... Read More
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