A 25-year-old member asked:
is it possible to be immune to cold sores?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi answered
17 years experience General Practice
Answered on Dec 28, 2019
Dr. Theodore Ritota answered
8 years experience Dentistry
Never heard of that: They r usually viral and it is possible to be immune to a virus.
Answered on Jul 27, 2017
Dr. Carla Enriquez answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Of course: Cold sores are the result of reactivation of a previously experienced herpes oral infection. Known as a slow virus. Herpes gingivostomatitis is an exceedingly common childhood infection, like chicken pox. Immune system fights it off. But it lingers in tissues. Only a small percentage of people go on to get cold sores from its reactivation in later years. Like shingles and chicken pox.
Answered on May 27, 2018
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