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how to cope with oral herpes when dating?

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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 11 years experience
Communication, treat: Oral herpes is pretty common and almost all adults have been exposed to it in some form. Sometimes it is not symptomatic at all. Other times cold sores or more aggressive sores inside the mouth can occur. If you are having symptoms, please see the dentist for treatment. You don't want your date to see sores all over your mouth. Talk to your partner about the fact you have it, and that it is common.
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 37 years experience
Carefully: If you have an oral lesion, you are infectious, to others, and even to yourself (i.e. From your mouth to other places on your body-eyes, genitalia, cuts, etc.) so be careful. Don't have mouth contact, share eating utensils, drinking glasses, lipsticks etc. With others until the lesion is completely healed. This usually takes about 2 weeks.

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Can I take lysine to decrease my herpes outbreak?

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Is there a good treatment for post herpetic neuralgia?

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Is there any way to get herpes without having sex?

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Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Any contact: The herpes virus passes to breaks in skin or mucus membranes from contact. The contact is usually an active lesion or sore on another person, but can be from an object. The virus can also be spread from one area of your body to another, so we all should learn hand washing and antiseptic techniques.

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