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Are Cold Sores Always Herpes
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Yes: But what makes you think that you need to use it? What else is happening that you are not telling here? ...Read more
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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