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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

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 you have cold sores does that mean you have same as genital herpes?

If you have cold sores does that mean you have same as genital herpes?

Not necessarily: Herpes simplex virus 1 hangs out in the trigeminal ganglion (near the ear). Outbreaks "usually" occur-mouth/face. Hsv 2 usually locates itself in the sacral ganglion (at lower spine). Outbreaks "usually" occur-genital area. The difference is "not always absolute"-either can reside in either or both parts of the body & infect orally/genitally. Viral culture, blood test, PCR can diagnose herpes type. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have cold sores or fever blisters on your mouth, does that mean you have herpes?

I'm just wondering, if you have cold sores or fever blisters on your mouth, does that mean you have herpes?

Most likely: 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). An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...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?

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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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?

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

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