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Dr. William Singer
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What leads to cold sore, herpes simplex virus?

What leads to cold sore, herpes simplex virus?

Yes: An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. 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. ...Read more

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Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Cold sores - HSV1: Yes - cold sores and fever blisters are the same thing and are most commonly caused by HSV-1. Rarely, HSV-2 can cause oral herpes given the increased practices of oral sex compared with decades ago (i.e. the 1950s). You will note STRESS causes these to come out (for example after a fever from another illness), so best to keep stress levels to an absolute minimum. These are infectious to others BTW ...Read more

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Can herpes cold sores cause a skin bacterial infection?

Can herpes cold sores cause a skin bacterial infection?

Viral infection: Cold sores are a viral infection (herpes simplex virus type 1). However, it is possible that a person could develop a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

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

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Can allergy shots prevent sore throats from cold dry weather? Also protect against throat infections?

Can allergy shots prevent sore throats from cold dry weather? Also protect against throat infections?

No: Allergy shots are meant to retrain your immune system not to over-react when exposed to an allergen that causes allergy symptoms such as pollens, dust mites, cat dander, etc.. When allergic reaction is reduced, inflammation of the airways, upper or lower, is reduced, and that indirectly would make you less prone to symptoms of sore throat, dryness or repeated colds, or airway hyper-responsiveness ...Read more

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Can cold sores be normal or are cold sores linked to the herpes virus. Meaning can someone have cold sores but my have the virus?

Can cold sores be normal or are cold sores linked to the herpes virus. Meaning can someone have cold sores but my have the virus?

Cold sores = HSV-1: True cold sores are caused by the herpes hsv-1 virus. For more information go to: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/cold-sore/ds00358. ...Read more

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Do cold sores on the mouth also cause genital herpes?

Possible: Cold sore is cause by hsv i while genital herpes is usually caused by hsv ii. Could a cold sore cause genital herpes? It would be possible if the sore is actively shedding virus during oral sex. With cold sore, avoid contact until the lesion is healed over. ...Read more

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Can lip picking with no cold sores cause genital herpes?

Can lip picking with no cold sores cause genital herpes?

No: Once someone has been infected with herpes more than a few months, the virus they is not transmitted to other body areas. Even with active cold sores, herpes is never transmitted to a person's own genital area. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Does any research support the use of lysine to treat cold sores? Are cold sores contagious? Can I safely kiss my partner when sores are present?

Oral herpes: I am not aware of any research about lysine and cold sores. Cold sores are caused by a virus called herpes virus. Contact with the active cold sores will transmit the herpes virus to your partner. But when crusts form on cold sores, they stop being contagious. ...Read more

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Will genital herpes be spread to somebody with cold sores?

Will genital herpes be spread to somebody with cold sores?

Herpes Transmission: Herpes simplex virus (hsv) has two types: type i generally infects the mouth and produces "fever blisters". Type ii more commonly is genital. However, performing or receiving oral sex with someone infected with hsv i or ii can result in infection. There are blood tests that can quickly determine if you've been infected with either strain. Antivirals help to reduce shedding and infection. ...Read more

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Can echinacea cause fever, sore throat, sores/ hives on mouth. finger, foot, and genitalia?

Can echinacea cause fever, sore throat, sores/  hives on mouth. finger, foot, and genitalia?

Not likely: But this plant is related to ragweed and may cause allergic reactions of various sorts. You probably have something else and need a DR. Echinacea is useless even when honestly dispensed. When commercial preparations are analyzed, they usually contain something other than labeled. Don't believe the rediculous claims by unscrupulous, ignorant people selling this to suckers. ...Read more

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What germs can cause cold sores and fever blisters in the mouth and throat?

What germs can cause cold sores and fever blisters in the mouth and throat?

A virus: One cause is the herpes cold virus, and is called acute herpetic gingivostomatitis. Another is caused by the enterovirus, and is called hand, foot and mouth disease. Check with your physician or dentist. ...Read more

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Can saliva transmit hiv? Is cold and fever symptoms of hiv?

Can saliva transmit hiv? Is cold and fever symptoms of hiv?

Usually not: Saliva needs to be contaminated with blood in order to transmit hiv. Hiv virus is not found in saliva. Cold and fever symptoms may be the initial signs of hiv, but are usually passed off as another viral infection. ...Read more

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Does having canker sores cause sore throats and fevers?

Does having canker sores cause sore throats and fevers?

Canker sores: Canker sores do not cause sore throat or fever. If you have a sore throat and fever along with an outbreak of sores in your mouth or on your lips, they are probably cold sores, which is caused by the herpes labialis virus. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Definition)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small and painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth-to-mouth contact and to the genitals, causing genital ...Read more