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Can herpes simplex type 1 turn into type 2?

Can herpes simplex type 1 turn into type 2?

No: Both are completely different strains. Type 1 causes lesions typically around the mouth. Type 2 causes lesions typically around the genitals. However, there are no absolutes in medicine so either strain can occur anywhere. ...Read more

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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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If my partner and i are both herpes simplex type one and we had oral sex. Could we both become herpes simplex type two? ?

If my partner and i are both herpes simplex type one and we had oral sex. Could we both become herpes simplex type two? ?

Location change only: Herpes simplex type 1&2 are two different strains of the virus in the same family (chicken pox is actually a herpes virus too). It used to be a big deal having type 1(oral) vs 2 (genital) but the sexual revolution had changed this perception a bit--type 1 can be down below and type 2 can occur above, but one does not change into another. Live well, live safely, and protect yourself. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I use more than one anti-viral for herpes simplex type 2 at te same time? How this can affect my health?

Poly-antiviral tx?: Most cases of hsv will resolve on their own but will resolve more quickly w/antiviral therapy. Abreva otc may work altho we see frequent rapid relapse. Almost all hsv is susceptible to Acyclovir (& its family of agents). Using these 2 together is probably ok. Using 2 Acyclovir derivatives together will just cost you $$$. There currently no other oral agents/effective topical agents..Coming soon. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1?

What is herpes simplex type 1?

Cold sores: Hsv ! is the name for cold sores that commonly occur on the lips. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1 from?

What is herpes simplex type 1 from?

DNA virus: Hs type 1 is produced by a dna virus that commonly passes in the oral secretions or from direct contact with the skin. It is most commonly identified in "cold sores" which are actually a reactivation of a previous hs1 infection. ...Read more

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Can i get an easy to understand explanation of herpes simplex type 1?

Can i get an easy to understand explanation of herpes simplex type 1?

Herpes Simplex Virus: 1 most commonly causes cold sores. In some cases - it can also cause lesions on the genitals. ...Read more

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In what way can a child get infected with herpes simplex type 1?

In what way can a child get infected with herpes simplex type 1?

Herpes 1: Herpes is a very common infection and most people have had it in their lifetime. It most commonly causes "cold sores". The virus stays with us and can reactivate. Before you realize it you are shedding the virus and if you are with a child who has not had it they can get it very easily. ...Read more

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I had been tested positive for herpes simplex type 1.Can it spread by sharing food without an outbreak ?Example like taking her food with my spoon?

I had been tested positive for herpes simplex type 1.Can it spread by sharing food without an outbreak ?Example like taking her food with my spoon?

Low risk: While possible, the risk is low. Some people do shed a low level of herpes virus when when there are no lesions. Risk of transmission can be lowered if she takes lysine 100mg daily. She may also take Acyclovir which is a prescription anti-viral that reduces shedding. But also you may already have been exposed to the virus. At least 50% of people have by the time they are 20. Most don't realize it. ...Read more

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Can herpes simplex type 1 infect the genitals?

Can herpes simplex type 1 infect the genitals?

Yes: Herpes simplex virus type i does infect the genital tract. As a matter of fact, nearly 60% of neonatal herpes infections (mostly acquired from genital tract during the birth process) have been caused by HSV type i. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...Read more