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Are cold sores in the eyes transferable to other people?

Are cold sores in the eyes transferable to other people?

Sores in eyes: Cold sores don't normally occur in eyes. If you have blisters or ulcerations of the eye ball please seek opthamologic evaluation asap. ...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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What are the symptom if you spread your cold sore to your eye?

What are the symptom if you spread your cold sore to your eye?

Potential problem: Generally, the cold sore virus or herpes simplex virus spreads by being in the nervous system of your body. It is good practice to not touch your eyes without washing your hands first, preferably with soap and water (hand sanitizer has alcohol which can irritate or burn the sensitive tissues of the eye). Symptoms include redness, pain and blurred vision, but may not be connected to your problem. ...Read more

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How is iritis and herpes related? Would it have to be herpes of the eye? (was tested for HSV 1/2. 1 was pos; 2 neg. No cold sores ever).

How is iritis and herpes related? Would it have to be herpes of the eye? (was tested for HSV 1/2. 1 was pos; 2 neg. No cold sores ever).

Herpes and the eye: There are many possible causes of iritis, with herpes being one of more common causes. As indicated, herpes iritis is usually associated with involvement of the cornea, or front surface of the eye. In addition, herpes eye infections are almost always one-sided. So if both you have iritis in both eyes, this probably isn't caused by herpes. ...Read more

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Cold sore outbreak, hair from infected area accidentally went into left eye. 7 days since outbreak, what are the chances i infected my eye? I have had cold sores on and off for 20 years. Freaking out!

Home free: After one week with no symptoms, i think you will be in the clear. Herpes in the eye feels like someone kicked sand in you eye. Hair alone would not be a good carrier of the virus. Rubbing herpes into the eye with your fingers would be the most common source. ...Read more

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My eye is red and swollen with severe pain, it even hurts to blink. It may have something to do with these two blister/cold sores I had on my lip.

My eye is red and swollen with severe pain, it even hurts to blink. It may have something to do with these two blister/cold sores I had on my lip.

Herpetic eye: Cold sores are caused by members of the herpes virus family (as is shingles). Outbreaks which involve the eye symptoms can be harmful to the health of your eyes and vision; prompt evaluation by a qualified ophthalmologist would be wise. ...Read more

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No fever but i feel fatigued, depressed, stuffed nose, eyes feel swollen, cold sores and unable to do much but sleep when i get home. Help!

No fever but i feel fatigued, depressed, stuffed nose, eyes feel swollen, cold sores and unable to do much but sleep when i get home. Help!

Flu Season: It is winter. It is the flu season. People are quite ill right now. If you are also depressed this will make the symptoms worse. ...Read more

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Can herpes appear other places than lips mouth eyes and genitals? I get cold sores on my lips often but now I have had breakout on hands arms back

Can herpes appear other places than lips mouth eyes and genitals? I get cold sores on my lips often but now I have had breakout on hands arms back

Yes: Herpes can appear throughout the body. Common infection of the skin or mucosa may affect the face and mouth (orofacial herpes), genitalia (genital herpes), hands (herpetic whitlow), eye (herpes keratitis) and even brain (herpes encephalitis). Please consult your physician to make sure that you do not have a spread of herpatic infection. ...Read more

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I've been taking Aloe Vera juice and have itchy red eye lids sick stomach after food cold sores on lips dizziness and sick after exercise loose bowels?

I've been taking Aloe Vera juice and have itchy red eye lids sick stomach after food cold sores on lips dizziness and sick after exercise loose bowels?

All Juiced-Up Again?: Now THAT sounds like something I"D like to drink (when I want to get out of work, that is...).You know, often we attribute the most notable things as a proximate cause to our ills. Short of a Mac Truck hitting you, maybe also consider other things you've eaten or been exposed to. Of course if you just started with that Aloe,stop it and see what happens. And if you are getting worse get to a doctor ...Read more