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Can You Get Cold Sores Without Having Herpes
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
If you get cold sores, should you tell partners that you could give then genital herpes if you give them oral sex?
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
If you get cold sores do that mean you have herpes even if not sexually active and can u have herpes and never get a cold sore?
Yes yes: Most people get type 1 herpes as children. Some of them get recurring "cold sores" as a result. Most get no symptoms. Mostly they get the virus [it is not any kind of bacteria] from their parents or from other children. This is not often related to sexual activity. Best treatment is from dermatologist, not ENT. When indicated, the pills are very effective and absolutely safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes: There are two herpes viruses. Most people who get cold sores have herpes type one or herpes simplex. 75% of americans have this infection and most got it as children from other family members. Herpes type two used to be called 'genital' herpes and is thought to be the std virus. But, the confusing part of the story is that either virus can be transmitted to an uninfected individual during sex. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mom has cold sores and touches everything without washing her hands after, like clean clothes, objects etc, can I get herpes from this? Sorry
Yes.: Usually it takes somewhat intimate contact such as kissing however if her hand was contaminated and she touched the glass and you drank from it it is possible to catch the infection. Talk to her about this and have her wash her hands frequently. ...Read more
Everyone makes fun of me because i get cold sores, and tells me I have herpes, do I really have herpes?
Herpes labialis: Or "orolabial herpes" is an infection of the lip by herpes simplex virus. The lessons, small blisters or sores are located around the mouth, also called fever blisters or cold sores. The condition heals within 2–3 weeks. Herpes labialis can reoccur 3-4 times a year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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