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what is the difference between a cold sore and herpes

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mann
29 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cold sore: They are the same. Caused by a virus.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mann
29 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cold sore: They are the same. Caused by a virus.
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Same thing: Cold sores due to reactivation of herpes infection.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. R Lee Hinson
37 years experience in Dentistry
Tough to explain in: Such a small space. Cold sore=oral herpes, both have viral etiology. Virus released from a dormant state due to stress/immune system breakdown and cau ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodpaster
28 years experience in Dentistry
They are the same!: You can look at the pictures posted her about the variuos forms of herpes i and ii as well as other on-line searches and compare what you have but the ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
8 years experience in Dermatology
Differences are:: A canker sore is on the mucosa of the month (i.e. Inside the cheeks) and is also known as an aphthous ulcer. A cold sore and lip herpes are the same t ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
8 years experience in Dentistry
Yes: One is cause by the herpetic virus and i know of no cure. The appearance can be similar and only sure way to tell would be to do a medical culture la ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Janetta Carolin Malan
Specializes in
STD and cold sores: A cold sore on the face is mostly a herpes 1 infection. Herpes 1 and herpes 2 can cause infection genitally and around mouth area. The viruses are t ... 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 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Not different and No: A regular cold sore on the lip is a regular herpes blister or herpes outbreak. They are the same thing. They are quite common in the world's populatio ... Read More

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