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Cold Sore (Oral Herpes)
HealthTap Prime: The 1st step would be to use HealthTap (HT) Prime to upload a picture or to use ur webcam so a doctor can see the sore, live & in real-time. The doc may want to discuss your risks of exposure as well as any other symptom that you may have. The doctor can also prescribe tests that may help make the diagnosis. Lastly, on HT Prime, a doctor may prescribe medication to treat b4 test results are known. ...Read more
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Yes: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. ...Read more
Reduce stress: Cold sores are from a virus that is permanently in your "system" and comes out when you're stressed, lack of sleep, minor trauma, lowered resistance, etc. Once you've got one, you'll always have it. Often treated by a dentist using s soft tissue laser (without actually touching the sore) & makes them heal faster. See your md if medical issues exist. ...Read more
Absolutely not: HSV is not transmitted through food or even though shared drinking glasses, utensils, etc. If no intimate contact with someone with oral herpes (e.g. kissing, oral sex) you are not at risk -- even if you share a house, kitchen, and bathroom with that person. Don't worry about it. ...Read more
Likely: If the person has an active visible lesion, and you shared a drink, it is very likely that you were in contact with the virus. You may already have it though. Not everyone who has the virus gets an actual outbreak as it can remain dormant. Certain trigger events, susch as trauma, a cold, extra uv light, stress, may cause an outbreak, just like it did with your friend. Stay away from outbreaks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hello. How common is Oral herpes ( Cold sore ) ? I know it don't go away. Is it dangerous? I have had it since childhood. I get it when its cold.
Can i get oral herpes from sharing drinking straw with infected person with no cold sore at the time?
Risky: An infected person can shed virus that could result in transmission without having an obvious lesion. In america at lest 1 in 4 people have herpes - 90% of them do not know they have it, and 3% of them are shedding virus (they are contagious) at any one time. Better to have your own straw and not take a chance. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can oral herpes be transmitted through sharing drinks and/or lipsticks, even in the person doesn't have a cold sore or active lesion?
HSV-1: Cold sores spread from person to person by close personal contact, such as kissing. Cold sores are caused by a herpes simplex virus (hsv-1) closely related to the one that causes genital herpes (hsv-2). Both of these herpes simplex viruses can affect your mouth or your genitals, and can be spread via oral sex. The virus can be transmitted to others even during times when you have no blisters. ...Read more
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 causes blisters. Canker sore is not of viral cause and related to trauma or immune system issues. All can hurt. Rx steroids for canker, not virus. Check w your dentist for treatment advice. ...Read more
I kissed a girl with a cold sore.A small kiss.It was a peck. I did not kiss the sore.She had makeup on it.What are my chances of getting oral herpes?
Very low: Without direct contant with her open sore, it is unlikely. ...Read more
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