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Could i spread the herpes simplex virus?

Could i spread the herpes simplex virus?

If you have herpes: Simplex 1 and 2 - it is possible to spread it. ...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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How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way if there is contact with contents of a herpes rash to the other body part(s). ...Read more

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Herpes simplex virus 2. How dangerous is it?

Herpes simplex virus 2. How dangerous is it?

Depends: Dangerous can mean different things to different people. It can be dangerous because it causes genital lesions which are hazardous to your sex life. It can also rarely cause meningoencephalitis (brain and surrounding tissue infection) which is far more life threatening. However, the most common presentation of hsv-2 is genital herpes, which is not life threatening. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have herpes simplex virus ?

How do I know if I have herpes simplex virus ?

Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about herpes simplex virus 1?

Could you tell me about herpes simplex virus 1?

This is a bit vague.: Herpes simplex 1: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310.

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In what way can a child get herpes simplex virus 1?

In what way can a child get herpes simplex virus 1?

From a kiss.: A cold sore is another name for a herpes sore. Most children i see with their first episode of herpes are about 2 years old. It is usually from being kissed by a parent or relative with the active infection, within the prior 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Should you take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

Should you take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

How Severe?: Most cases of herpes simplex i will resolve within a few days without treatment. Routine use of a broad spectrum sunscreen will help prevent and reduce the frequency of episodes. If the blisters are numerous with discomfort, an oral antiviral drug may be prescribed (valacyclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir). ...Read more

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Do i need to take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?

No: Most episodes will resolve without treatment. Treatment will hasten resolution and can prevent frequent recurrences. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...Read more