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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

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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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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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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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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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

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