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Doctor insights on: Canker Sores Vs. Genital Herpes

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I have canker sores, can these be genital herpes?

I have canker sores, can these be genital herpes?

Canker & Herpes: Are different. Your canker sores are related to immune system issues or trauma to the soft tissue. Herpes lesions look different and are related to a virus and also immune system issues. Treatments are different too. See your dentist to confirm the type lesions you have and help w treatment ideas. ...Read more

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Follow up: dr. Raff -- you said that canker sores do not cause genital herpes. Are canker sores herpes simplex 1 just like a cold sore?

Follow up: dr. Raff -- you said that canker sores do not cause genital herpes. Are canker sores herpes simplex 1 just like a cold sore?

Canker sores: Aphthous stomatitis is not due to herpes simplex. Dr. Namey and dr. Perkins have provided excellent advice and would read these carefully. The location of the herpetic lesions (oral v. Genital) no longer is specific for types 1;2. Cold sores may be herpetic, but not canker sores. ...Read more

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Are genital herpes sores like canker sores on the genital area?

Ony superficially: Genital herpes is a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease (std) caused by the virus herpes simplex type 2 (hsv2). It's related to the virus that causes cold sores or fever blisters in your mouth: hsv1. Canker sores are small ulcers on your tongue or the lining of your cheeks that are probably autoimmune in origin. We don't think cankers are of viral origin because they're not contagious. ...Read more

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I have a canker sore and I perform oral sex on a woman, can I give her genital herpes?

I have a canker sore and I perform oral sex on a woman, can I give her genital herpes?

Yes: If you have an open sore on your lips, tongue or in your mouth and you have sexual contact the virus causing the lesion can be transferred to your partner. ...Read more

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If I have a canker sore/cold sore, why did my hsv1 test come back negative? I had a canker sore that resulted in giving my girlfriend genital herpes when I gave her oral sex....She's positive for hsv1, but I'm not. Is that normal? Did we take different te

If I have a canker sore/cold sore, why did my hsv1 test come back negative? I had a canker sore that resulted in giving my girlfriend genital herpes when I gave her oral sex....She's positive for hsv1, but I'm not. Is that normal? Did we take different te

Make: Make sure you both are tested for hsv type 1 and 2. It was previously thought that type 1 was only localzed to the mouth and type 2 to the genitals, but that is not correct. Also consider the fact that your gilrfriend already carried the virus and you did not give it to her by giving her oral sex.
Take care. ...Read more

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My husband gave me genital herpes through a canker sore--but his STD test came back negative for hsv1? Why is that? I have only had one sexual partner: my husband. I contracted genital herpes because he had a canker sore in his mouth and performed oral se

My husband gave me genital herpes through a canker sore--but his STD test came back negative for hsv1? Why is that? I have only had one sexual partner: my husband. I contracted genital herpes because he had a canker sore in his mouth and performed oral se

Test failure: The tests for viral presence and accurate identification (hsv-1 and hsv-2) are not 100% accurate. They tend to look for antibodies for the particular virus, which may not have yet been detectable when the test was performed.
A re-test with one of the newer screening tests is advisable. ...Read more

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So I didn't think my boyfriend had a canker sore in his lip but that day after he gave me oral sex I got red blisters that popped and they hurt like crazy and it burns to pee.... I think I have genital herpes and I don't want my parents to find out I'm so

So I didn't think my boyfriend had a canker sore in his lip but that day after he gave me oral sex I got red blisters that popped and they hurt like crazy and it burns to pee.... I think I have genital herpes and I don't want my parents to find out I'm so

May be herpes.: You may have genital herpes. Although, it's unlikely that it would have appeared so soon (the day after) exposure (oral sex) since they is a period of time before symptoms manifest (incubation period). The average time is 4 days but may range from 2 to 12 days. You should see you doctor for an evaluation and definitely during any period when there is genital ulcers or blisters for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Genital sores look like small canker sores, in random spots. Is it possible that it is not herpes & what are the other options?

Genital sores look like small canker sores, in random spots. Is it possible that it is not herpes & what are the other options?

Unsure: The description is most consistent with herpes, but other causes are possible - such as fungal infection, bacterial infection, basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, molluscum contagiosum, or a number of other causes. You need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have sex when genital herpes sores r active?

No: Usually people do not have sex with active genital sores because it hurts. The virus is actively sheding during this time and it is easy to pass herpes on to others. Herpes is very contagious during this time. If your partner already has gnetial herpes then there is no risk other than pain. ...Read more

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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

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Can cold sores be spread to the genital area? Is it possible for someone with cold sores to cause genital herpes in another person?

Can cold sores be spread to the genital area? Is it possible for someone with cold sores to cause genital herpes in another person?

Yes,: Yes, it is possible.

Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. Most people become infected as an infant or small child when kissed or by sharing eating utensils with an adult who has the virus. 20% of the cases of genital herpes are also caused by hsv-1 thought to be infections from oral-genital contact. The virus is most contagious when someone has a cold sore, but can still be passed along by someone who does not. Many people do not even know that they are infected because the virus can "hide out" in the nerve cells for very long periods of time - for some people it hides out forever and they never get a cold sore. For others, the virus can "wake up" at any time and that's when a cold sore happens. No one knows exactly what causes a cold sore to appear - sometimes stress, illness, fevers, colds, sunlight, cold weather, menstruation, certain foods, allergies, you name it! They usually last 7-10 days and are more of an annoyance than a danger unless you have a weakened immune system or contract a bacterial infection on top of the cold sore.


Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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Just been told have genital herpes been with my partner 4 yrs but neither have had cold sores but my daughter has could I have caught it that way?

Yes: Genital herpes can be caused by either type 1 herpes simplex (which is associated more with oral sores) or type 2 herpes (which is associated more with genital sores). ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how likely it is to get genital herpes after one time encounter of the condom breaking? The were no sores present at the time.

Can someone tell me how likely it is to get genital herpes after one time encounter of the condom breaking? The were no sores present at the time.

No way to predict: Herpes simplex is very easy to transmit during intercourse, and whether or not there were active lesions, the virus can be shed in bodily secretions. If you are going to get this you should know quite soon. ...Read more

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If someone has genital herpes type2, does he have antibodies that protect him and prevent him from later getting type2 sores elsewhere on his body?

If someone has genital herpes type2, does he have antibodies that protect him and prevent him from later getting type2 sores elsewhere on his body?

No: Having a herpes infection in one part of your body does not prevent you from getting another herpes infection somewhere else. Herpes is a rather unique virus in that it "hides" in your nervous system and then "sneaks out" to cause sores on the surface. In so doing, it is fairly well protected from our immune system, which is why it can be difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with genital herpes, had my first outbreak. BF gets cold sores. What are the chances of giving it to him genitally? With no outbreak.

Just diagnosed with genital herpes, had my first outbreak. BF gets cold sores. What are the chances of giving it to him genitally? With no outbreak.

Yes: You can pass the virus even if you are asymptomatic. You have a much higher risk if having an active outbreak. But still can occur when having no symptoms. Use protection all the time. And even using condemns doesn't protect 100% ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with genital herpes a little over a week ago, and now my vagina is itching severely. But looks like the sores are gone. Is this okay?

I was diagnosed with genital herpes a little over a week ago, and now my vagina is itching severely. But looks like the sores are gone. Is this okay?

Genital Herpes: It is important to understand that although someone may not have visible sores or symptoms, they may still be infected by the virus and may transmit the virus to others. Some of the symptoms associated with this virus include:
blistering sores (in the mouth or on the genitals)
pain during urination (genital herpes)
and itching
you need to be seen by a physician and treated properly. ...Read more

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I get cold sores but I don't have one now Been using phone/laptop all day and touched genitals Can I get genital herpes from the stuff I've been using?

I get cold sores but I don't have one now Been using phone/laptop all day and touched genitals Can I get genital herpes from the stuff I've been using?

Hand washing needed: The Herpes virus likes warm moist places to infect. If your wash you hands religiously then there is nothing to fear from the phone/laptop as a transmitter of the virus. ...Read more

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Are genital sores and genital herpes the same?

Are genital sores and genital herpes the same?

Yes, maybe: If you have soreness, burning blister on the genital area is most likely a herpes genitalia. The term "sore" is not specific. I'd advise having a doctor lookat you. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would I feel it when my genital herpes sores break?

Not necessarily.: Have you talked with your physician about antiviral medications? ...Read more

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Could I have genital herpes from cold sores?

In a word, yes: Most associate type 1 with lesions near the lips and type 2 with genital lesions. However, either type can be found at both locations. Transfer of the germ to a specific site is an active process and germs can be shedding from a site with no visible sores. ...Read more

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Can a person's cold sores lead to genital herpes?

Yes: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. Genital herpes is usually caused byhsv type 2. However, type 1 can be passed from a cold sore to the genital area through oral- genital sex. Type 1 genital infections are usually less severe than type 2 but are treated the same way. ...Read more

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I have cold sores and genital herpes, what to do?

I have cold sores and genital herpes, what to do?

See your: Phyisican. Consider use of a antiviral medication. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes from cold sores?

That is possible.: Sometimes herpes type I infection can be spread to genitals. ...Read more

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Will genital herpes be spread to somebody with cold sores?

Will genital herpes be spread to somebody with cold sores?

Herpes Transmission: Herpes simplex virus (hsv) has two types: type I generally infects the mouth and produces "fever blisters". Type ii more commonly is genital. However, performing or receiving oral sex with someone infected with hsv I or ii can result in infection. There are blood tests that can quickly determine if you've been infected with either strain. Antivirals help to reduce shedding and infection. ...Read more

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Can you contract genital herpes from cold sores by touching them?

Not Usually But: 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

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


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Genital Herpes (Definition)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more