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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

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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Does getting a cold sore always mean you have herpes?

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 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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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

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

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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Since I have a cold sore does that mean I have the sexually transmitted disease herpes?

Not necessarily: Cold sores are relatively common and can be acquired without sexual contact.Some kids have them from an early age.The strain of herpes differs to some extent, from that of genital disease.However, those who engage in oral sex with someone shedding the genital virus can acquire cold sores from that contact. ...Read more

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If I have a cold sore do I have herpes?

HSV: 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 will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. So if you have an actual cold sore that is caused by herpes simplex virus. ...Read more

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Why do I get a sharp nerve pain constantly where I get cold sores when I don't actually have a cold sore? Does this mean im contagious?

Why do I get a sharp nerve pain constantly where I get cold sores when I don't actually have a cold sore? Does this mean im contagious?

Herpes in the nerve: The herpesvirus remains dormant in the nerve root. Frequently, people feel pain before they break out, as the virus becomes active. I would. Consider yourself contagious and begin your medication when you feel the pain. This is call prodromal pain..See your physician if your symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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If I have a cold sore, can I get genital herpes?

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

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What to do if I have a cold sore. does that meanI have herpes?

A cold sore can: be easily diagnosed. Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2. Your Dr can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg ...Read more

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If i. Had cold sores as a child does that mean I have hsv-1 for life?

If i. Had cold sores as a child does that mean I have hsv-1 for life?

Yes: Hsv-1 remains in your body once you get it once, however it becomes dormant - it goes to sleep - in one of your spinal nerves. Sometimes, the virus can become reactivated, and cause more cold sores, but other times it remains dormant for life. ...Read more

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If you get cold sores does that mean you can never kiss and I have not had a cold sore in 2 years do I have hsv1?

No: Hsv 1 is commonly associated with sores near the lips while hsv 2 is more commonly associated with sores on genitals.However, both could show up at either location. The virus will often go dormant for long periods and medications can help control outbreaks. Your partners would appreciate it if you avoid kissing during outbreaks, but you don't have to give it up. ...Read more

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Does a sore throat mean I possibly have copd?

Does a sore throat mean I possibly have copd?

Not usually....: A sore throat is not a typical symptom of copd. However, a sore throat that does not go away readily needs to be evaluated by a doctor, especially if you are a smoker, because some sore throats may be a sign of cancer, which smokers are also at risk to get. So, if you have a persistent sore throat, see your doctor asap. ...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