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Doctor insights on: Are The Cold Sore And Herpes Virus The Same

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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How can I make sure I don't spread herpes virus from my cold sore to my genitals?

How can I make sure I don't spread herpes virus from my cold sore to my genitals?

Don't touch coldsore: The Cold sore will have the herpes virus in it; so, if you touch it then touch your genitals, you're going to pass the virus along . If you do accidentally touch the cold sore, wash you hands thoroughly before touching your genitals. ...Read more

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How long does the herpes virus live on objects? If my roommate touches cold sore, doesn't wash hands, puts away "clean" forks, and I eat 20 min later.

How long does the herpes virus live on objects? If my roommate touches cold sore, doesn't wash hands, puts away "clean" forks, and I eat 20 min later.

ANSWER: Herpes viruses last for 4 hours on plastic 3 hours on cloth and two hours on the skin..I would use 4 hours as a "safe" time...BTW your ROOM MATE IS A SLOB! BUY some BLEACH or get a NEW ROOMATE! Hope the helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Is the cold sore virus the same as genital herpes virus?

Is the cold sore virus the same as genital herpes virus?

Herpes simplex: There are two serological types of this virus. It was formerly felt that type1 produced oral and lip cold sores and that type2 produced genital herpes, but with oral sex so common both types can be found in both places. The virus is essentially the same, but the serotypes are different. There is also some difference in their capacity to produce central nervous system disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible to transmit the herpes virus to your genital area if you have a cold sore?

Is it possible to transmit the herpes virus to your genital area if you have a cold sore?

HSV: There are two types of herpes simplex viruses (hsv) that cause oral and genital herpes. Typically, hsv-1 causes oral disease and hsv-2 genital disease. However, both viruses can cause either infection. Self innoculation (or transmitting oral disesae to the genitalia) is virtually impossible since the virus is inactivated at room temperature and by drying from air. ...Read more

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Can the herpes virus spread to my lungs by licking a cold sore on my lips?

Can the herpes virus spread to my lungs by licking a cold sore on my lips?

No: The kind of herpes virus that gives you a "cold sore" is almost always type I (versus type II which is the typical cause of genital herpes), and lives within your body controlled by your immune system, until there is some "stress" (like a cold) and it can come on on your lip. This may be recurrent (due to colds, sun exposure, other stressors). It typically does NOT spread, even to lungs. ...Read more

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I've just been recently diagnosed with the cold sore version of the Herpes virus. I have what feels like a swollen vein on the shaft of my penis?

I've just been recently diagnosed with the cold sore version of the Herpes virus. I have what feels like a swollen vein on the shaft of my penis?

Unlikely: that they are related. The cold sore Herpes is a different virus than the genital version. I completely understand your concern, but the two are very unlikely to be related. If you start having blisters on your penis, see your doctor. I have included a picture of herpes for your convenience. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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If u share salsa and chips with someone who had a cold sore and herpes, can u get the virus?

If u share salsa and chips with someone who had a cold sore and herpes, can u get the virus?

Herpes Simplex: The american academy of dermatology explains that oral herpes, or herpes simplex virus 1, is typically contracted early on in childhood from relatives who have become infected with the virus. Oral herpes is commonly spread from family members to their children through the sharing of food. Herpes can also spread through the sharing of utensils or drinking glasses. ...Read more

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Cold sore = herpes simplex virus 1?

Cold sore = herpes simplex virus 1?

Eat Yogurt: Herpes simplex virus is when you get little cold sores on the outside of your mouth or the tip of your nose. Try not to touch the cold sore, you could spred it to other parts of your face or eyes. Steep a tea bag then cool it- apply to cold sore to releive pain. Lysine, 3, 000 milligrams daily until the sore goes away. Or eat yogurt which is rich in lysine. You can buy lip clear which has lysine. ...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


Herpes Virus (Definition)

Viruses from the family herperviridae. At least seven species of herpesvirus are known to be infectious to man: herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, varicella zoster virus, epstein-barr virus, cytomegalovirus, human herpesvirus 6, ...Read more