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A 46-year-old member asked:

Please help! what is the cause of herpes simplex 1?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Herpes Simplex Virus: (hsv) 1 causes most oral cases (i.e. Cold sores). However, hsv -2 can also infect the mouth/ oral area.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Please help docs! where do I go to get tested for herpes simplex 1?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Could herpes simplex 1 always cause eyes herpes?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
No: Herpes simplex keratitis (infection of cornea with herpes simplex virus) doesn't always occur.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Please help! what is the classification of herpes simplex?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It is a virus: Which can be sexually transmitted. Herpes simplex virus 1 is most often seen with cold sores (oral) ; herpes simplex 2 is most often seen w genitalia.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Please advise what is the difference between herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2 and gential herpes?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Erinn Huffman
Obstetrics & Gynecology 12 years experience
Different Viruses: Hsv 1 and 2 are 2 viruses in the same family. They cause oral 'cold sores' and genital herpes. Both viruses can cause genital herpes.
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Most of the time HSV type 1 affects oral mucosa, and HSV type 2 genitalia. Like described above both can also be found affecting the other part of the body.
Apr 16, 2014
A 38-year-old member asked:

Why did i get herpes simplex-1?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Possibly from : Kissing. It is a common infection that is the most frequent cause of cold sores.

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