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How can you tell if you have a cut in your mouth or herpes?

How can you tell if you have a cut in your mouth or herpes?

Culture.: It is very rare to see herpes inside the mouth, despite what you've been told, or read on-line. The overwhelming majority of sores inside the mouth are canker sores, not herpes. The only way to know for sure, however, is to see your doctor for a viral culture. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I just had a date tell me that she has herpes 1 & 2. We only had two brief closed mouth kisses, before i said good-bye. No lesions. Could i be infected?

I just had a date tell me that she has herpes 1 & 2.  We only had two brief closed mouth kisses, before i said good-bye.
No lesions.  Could i be infected?

Herpes 1 and 2: The simple answer is that it is not likely that you have a new infection in this scenario. But, you should know your herpes status. 75% of americans have type one and 25% of americans have type two. All information that we know about herpes has changed in the last five years. Please get the blood test so you do not have to worry about this or so you can learn what to do if you have this infection. ...Read more

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Red bump near my mouth-- how to tell if this is herpes?

Red bump near my mouth-- how to tell if this is herpes?

Description: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It breaks open ; releases fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex type 1 virus. ...Read more

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Before engaging in kissing with a female,Can she have unnoticeable herpes around the mouth area? How can you tell when it's safe to kiss?

Before engaging in kissing with a female,Can she have unnoticeable herpes around the mouth area? How can you tell when it's safe to kiss?

Active lesions: As a general rule avoid kissing if there are active herpes lesions. There is not a way to determine if someone has asymptomatic oral herpes without asking them. About 90% of Americans carry the antibody to oral herpes (HSV 1) ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between perioral dermatitis and herpes around the mouth?

How can you tell the difference between perioral dermatitis and herpes around the mouth?

Lotion: Dermatitis usual resolves with lotion. Herpetic lesions usual recur in the same region and does not improve with lotion. Herpes lesions improve with antiviral medication. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if mouth sores are considered herpes or canker sores?

Can someone tell me if mouth sores are considered herpes or canker sores?

Canker & cold sores: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are painful sores inside the mouth. No one knows what causes canker sores. Herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) typically causes cold sores. Cold sore blisters can occur in many different parts of the body but are most common on or around the lips and cheeks. See your dentist if concerned. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could infect someone with herpes by kissing them if I have an open mouth wound (no outbreak)?

Can you tell me if i could infect someone with herpes by kissing them if I have an open mouth wound (no outbreak)?

Herpetic lesions can: She the virus for approximately a week after seeming to be cleared. If two weeks have passed since the lesion has cleared then the "kissed" individual should be fine. ...Read more

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Please tell me if you can get eye herpes if someone with sores in their mouth breathes on them?

Please tell me if you can get eye herpes if someone with sores in their mouth breathes on them?

Very unlikely: Herpes is spread by contact rather than through the air. Most adult herpes is internal and not acquired from someone else. If the contact is more intimate especially if involved in kissing or sexual activities, then spread is more likely. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes 2 from sharing a cigarette while having a cut on your tongue with someone who has herpes 2 in mouth and genital areas?

Can you get herpes 2 from sharing a cigarette while having a cut on your tongue with someone who has herpes 2 in mouth and genital areas?

Yes: If the person whose cigarette you are sharing has active lesions then you definitely are at risk. Even if this person doesn't have active lesions he/she might be shedding virus and can be contagious. It is best to not share cigs, or maybe consider quitting. ...Read more

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Can u get herpes frm sharing a cigarette while u have a cut on ur tongue w/ someone who has herpes2 in mouth, genital but don't have any sores rite now?

Can u get herpes frm sharing a cigarette while u have a cut on ur tongue w/ someone who has herpes2 in mouth, genital but don't have any sores rite now?

Yes: The absence of actual sores is no guarantee that the person is not shedding virus. In other words, a person can be contagious even if they don't have actual sores. ...Read more

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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