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I kissed my bf and gave oral sex briefly 5 days after my cold sore healed. I woke up the next day with prodrome and now have a new sore. What are the %risk to transmit to oral and/or genital hsv1?

I kissed my bf and gave oral sex briefly 5 days after my cold sore healed. I woke up the next day with prodrome and now have a new sore. What are the %risk to transmit to oral and/or genital hsv1?

Depends: If you have herpes type 1, your boyfriend is probably already infected as most adults are. If you want to know there is a blood test.Most infected people have no symptoms. Those who have symptoms are contagious between attacks but more contagious at the onset of an attack. Pills are used to control symptoms and reduce transmission of the virus. You need a prescription. ...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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What is a cold sore?

"fever blister": Cold sores are little blisters that form on the lips or mouth. They are caused by a herpes simplex virus. The blisters often break open and leak a clear fluid, then scab over after a few days. ...Read more

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Is a cold sore heaper?

Cold sores: 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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Do a cold sore pusses?

Do a cold sore pusses?

It can appear so..: Small cold sores often appear with just slightly yellowish fluid (plasma-like) but larger ones can look like puss-filled lesion. The body white blood cells attack the virus, cause inflammation, fluid accumulation and thus appears as puss. These often resolves spontaneously. If it becomes larger and large with more redness/pain, it could secondary infection/boil. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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First cold sore, what to do?

First cold sore, what to do?

Cold sore: Your physician can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1,000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more

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What is similar to a cold sore?

What is similar to a cold sore?

Similar in what way?: As a viral entity, recurrent hsv is similar to shingles-the recurrent form of chicken pox virus. As an inflammatory lesion, it can be confused with recurrent aphthous ulcers or angular chilitis. As an unknown/undiagnosed lesion, it can mimic a pre- or cancerous lesion in some stages, or even simple trauma. Definitive diagnosis can be made with accurate history, clinical presentation and biopsy. ...Read more

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What should I do for a cold sore?

OTC: There are treatments like abreva that are over the counter and work well. If you get them all the time you may want to ask your md for an rx for acyclovir. That said they heal by themselves in 7-10 days. ...Read more

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What happens if u pop a cold sore?

What happens if u pop a cold sore?

You will release: A huge # of herpes simplex type 1 viruses - yes, contagious ! ...Read more

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What are the stages of a cold sore?

What are the stages of a cold sore?

3 stages: Stage 1 the virus enters the shin thru a small break or abrasion in the skin and a sore may develope. Stage 2 the vius moves into your nerve tissue. Stage 3 the virus awakens due to stress and causes new sore or symptoms. ...Read more