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New Port Richey, FL
A 23-year-old female asked:

cold sore) what are the reazons to get cold sores?

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
?: I am assuming that when you say reasons you mean causes.Cold sores are caused by certain strains of the herpes simplex virus (hsv). You get the first episode of herpes infection from another person who has an active lesion. Shared eating utensils, razors and towels, as well as kissing, may spread hsv-1. Oral sex can spread hsv-1 to the genitals and hsv-2 to the lips. Hope this helped :].

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Wilmington, DE
A 16-year-old male asked:

If you get cold sores and you kiss someone and you didn't have a cold sore since 7 years ago will that person get cold sores?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Cold sores: If you haven't had a cold sore in seven years I would not be concerned
Belton, TX
A 19-year-old male asked:

I get cold sores 3 times per year. If I kiss someone when a sore is NOT present, what are the chances the person I kiss will get a cold sore?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mohammad Ashori
Family Medicine 16 years experience
<10%: If you aren't having an active outbreak then the chance of transmission is probably less than 10%. It depends if the person is actively shedding or not.

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