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My boyfriend always gets cold sores below his lip, I did a herpes test and I don't have it, are cold sores always caused by herpes? If not, what?

My boyfriend always gets cold sores below his lip, I did a herpes test and I don't have it, are cold sores always caused by herpes? If not, what?

Oral herpes: From this description, probaby your bf has oral herpes (cold sores). It is always caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1). But it it's not so easily transmitted; most partners don't catch it. With your negative blood test, he shouldn't kiss or perform oral sex on you during an outbreak. Transmission might still occur, but not likely; and easily treated if it happens and you start Rx early ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

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


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Are all cold sores herpes?

Are all cold sores herpes?

Yes: But are all cold sores properly labeled and diagnosed ...THAT is the question! ...Read more

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Are cold sores really a form of herpes?

Are cold sores really a form of herpes?

Yes: Cold sores are oral herpes sores. Herpes simplex type 1 virus is the usual cause of oral herpes cold sores, but the type 2 (which usually causes genital herpes) can also cause cold sores on the lips. ...Read more

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How are cold sores and herpes different?

Terminology: Cold sores are caused by one of the human herpes virus subtypes hsv 1 or 2. ...Read more

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Can you get cold sores without having herpes?

Can you get cold sores without having herpes?

NO: True cold sores are as a result of herpes simplex virus. Apthous ulcers are little canker sores in the mouth and are not herpetic in nature. ...Read more

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Do you know are cold sores and herpes related?

Yes: Most cold sores are due to herpes simplex virus 1 but some are due to herpes simplex virus 2. ...Read more

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How do cold sores look like in relation to herpes?

How do cold sores look like in relation to herpes?

One in the same: Cold sores are lesions caused by herpes visrus infections. They can be mucocutaneous (the lips) or genital. Depending on the location usually dictates with variant of the human herpes virus has infected that skin. ...Read more

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Do you know are herpes and cold sores the same thing?

Cold sores: Which are also called fever blisters are due to infection with the herpes simplex virus. ...Read more

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Can getting cold sores necessarily mean you have herpes?

Yes: Type 1: 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). ...Read more

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Could there be a difference between cold sores and herpes?

HV 1 or 2 ? : Oral herpes is a common infection of the mouth area. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1). There are two types of hsv, termed hsv-1 and hsv-2. See links for more information: 1) http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/oral_herpes/article_em.Htm 2) http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000606.Htm. ...Read more

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If oral happens does the partner get herpes or just cold sores ?

Cold sores: Oral herpes (cold sores) are commonly caused by HSV-1. Genital herpes is commonly caused by HSV-2. HSV-2 is not common in the mouth; however 80% of new genital herpes cases are now caused by HSV-1 through oral/genital contact. Is less likely to get oral herpes from someone with genital herpes but more likely to get genital herpes from someone with oral herpes. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Why are people so negative about herpes if they are just cold sores?

Cold sores/herpes: Herpes viruses are characterized by the fact that they never go away once infected: they merely "hide out" until a trigger (stress, bright sunlight, infection, etc) causes them to re-emerge. People don't like cold sore because they are painful & unsightly & can be easily transmitted to others. Meds can suppress the virus but never cure the infection. ...Read more

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Home remedies to help with cold sores/herpes? And to boost immunity?

Home remedies to help with cold sores/herpes? And to boost immunity?

Many good choices: My favorite "home remedy" for cold sores/herpes may not be around your house but is found in health food stores- topical lemon balm cream- see http://www.Med.Nyu.Edu/content?Chunkiid=21798 for many other choices see http://earthclinic.Com/cures/natural-cold-sore-remedies.Html to boost immunity reduce stress, avoid sweets ; gmo's, take good multivit. ; medicinal mushrooms ; herbs like ashwagandha. ...Read more

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Is it possible to use herpecin even if i don't have cold sores or herpes?

Yes: But what makes you think that you need to use it? What else is happening that you are not telling here? ...Read more

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How likely is it that i'll give herpes to my baby, if I get cold sores once a year?

How likely is it that i'll give herpes to my baby, if I get cold sores once a year?

High likelihood: Cold sores are typically caused by hsv-1 virus, and is associated (though not exclusively) with herpes ulcers above the waistline. Once infected, the virus hides out in the neurons that innervate the cell lining of the mouth. Up to 80% of HSV infections are asymptomatic. By age 30 years, 50% of individuals in a high socioeconomic status and 80% in a lower socioeconomic status are seropositive. ...Read more

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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, 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 can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more