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Could having a cold sore mean you have herpes?

Could having a cold sore mean you have herpes?

Cold sores: Are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Most of they are caused by hsv 1 but also by hsv 2 to a lesser extent. ...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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Could having a cold sore mean you have oral herpes?

Could having a cold sore mean you have oral herpes?

Yes: 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). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. ...Read more

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Can having bv increase your chance of getting genital herpes from having a cold sore and transmitting down below?

Can having bv increase your chance of getting genital herpes from having a cold sore and transmitting down below?

No, ...: BV is common but it alone has not been known to increase odd to have STD. Self inoculation of herpes as concerned has been not proved without sexual act and breaking natural barrier - skin and mucosa. So, don't worry unless you have suspicious symptoms and lesions. More? Ask doctor... ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes from masturbating when having a cold sore? (I used my own saliva)

Is it possible to get genital herpes from masturbating when having a cold sore? (I used my own saliva)

Yes: It is possible to self inoculate. The classic place is on the finger to get what is called a herpetic whitlow, a painful infection on the hand. ...Read more

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If a women has a cold sore from having a cold can she still give someone herpes? My girlfriend recently had a cold sore but it was because she had a cold. Could she still transmit herpes?

Yes. Cold : Yes. 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. 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. There is no cure for cold sores but there are a few treatments for the symptoms: -over the counter ointments with topical Lidocaine can be used for pain, but will not shorten the course -applying ice and taking Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can help with pain relief -do not pick at it or pop it since that can make it worse -antiviral medications such as valacyclovir are the only treatments known to reduce pain and shorten the course if taken as soon as you know an outbreak is coming. These are prescription medications, so you should discuss these with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it likley to give someone head while having a cold sore and them not getting anything? How soon should I have him get tested?

Is it likley to give someone head while having a cold sore and them not getting anything? How soon should I have him get tested?

Relax: The other person probably already has this virus. Most adults have it but only a few have symptoms. If he already has it, he will not get it from another person. Since the virus is sometimes present between attacks, most transmission occurs from a person having no sore at the time. People who carry the virus but do not know it account for the majority of infections to contacts. A blood test can de. ...Read more

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I gave my boyfriend oral after having a cold sore for 2 weeks, I didn't have a sore , just smooth shiny red where the sore was , can he get anything?

Yes: The virus can be transmitted by contact even when the area is completely clear. The exact risk is unknown, as there are factors that may affect transmission. The risk is less than when an actual cold sore is present but the risk exists nonetheless. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i'm having a cold sore outbreak?

How can I tell if i'm having a cold sore outbreak?

Cold sore: For people who do develop signs and symptoms, a cold sore usually passes through several stages, which include: tingling and itching. Many people feel an itching, burning or tingling sensation around their lips for a day or two before cold sore blisters erupt. Blisters. Small fluid-filled blisters typically break out along the border where the outside edge of the lips meets the skin of the face. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a chemical peel after having a cold sore?

Is it safe to get a chemical peel after having a cold sore?

"cold sore": "Cold sores" are herpes II viral ulcers and are usually the result of recurrent activation of the virus by stress or illness. Anti-viral medications are effective, and once gone, it is "safe" to have a chemical peel of the facial skin. The peel will not remove the possibility of new "cold sores" from occurrence. ...Read more

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I have a red spot after having a cold sore on my lip. What is the best treatment to help the scar go away? Mederma?

Depends on where...: Hi there, to adequately answer your question I would need a couple more pieces of information. (1) where exactly is the red spot? By that I mean is it on the red smooth "inner" part of the lip or is it on skin on the "outer" part of the lip? (2) how long ago did the cold sore go away? Mederma can work if it is on the outside, but not inside the lip. ...Read more

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Does getting a cold sore mean you have herpes?

Does getting a cold sore mean you have herpes?

Yes cold sore is typ: Cold sores are caused by type1 herpes virus and is quite common and benign condition. ...Read more

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If I have a cold sore does that mean I have herpes ?

If I have a cold sore does that mean I have herpes
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Yes: Cold sore is just one of the terms people apply to the manifestations of herpesvirus around the mouth. You can take preventive medication if they happen uncomforably often and there are topical meds to use when one breaks out. Make sure to take good care of your overall health and be considerate of your partner if s/he doesn't have it. It's a really common virus. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cold sore inside my mouth does it mean I have herpes?

Possibly : Cold sores are frequently caused by herpes simplex virus. Lysine frequently suppresses this virus to eliminate symptoms- possibly permanently. ...Read more

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Does getting a cold sore always mean you have herpes?

No.: Canker sores are herpes. Cold sores are of unknown origin and are not contagious like canker sores. See your physician to determine which you have. ...Read more

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If you have a cold sore does that mean you have herpes? Is it the contagious kind of herpes?

Yes: 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). ...Read more

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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 very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more