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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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For how long will you get herpes simplex 1 after you have been exposed to it (had sex with someone with it)?

For how long will you get herpes simplex 1 after you have been exposed to it (had sex with someone with it)?

Usually a few days: If you mean time until symptoms start, it's usually 2-5 days, rarely up to 2-3 weeks. If no blisters or sores by 10 days, you're probably in the clear. But low chance of infection from a single oral sex event. If you mean duration of HSV1 once infected, it's forever. Herpes infections persist for life. But for genital HSV-1, outbreaks and transmission to new partners usually are rare. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes simplex in your (inner) ear?

Can you get herpes simplex in your (inner) ear?

Herpes Zoster Oticus: May be what you are referring to. This is actually caused by the varicella virus (chicken pox). See ramsey hunt syndrome. I am not aware of pathology of the inner ear proven to be caused by herpes simplex but it seems plausible. ...Read more

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How can people get herpes simplex?

How can people get herpes simplex?

HSV - 1 ; 2: The herpes simplex virus-1 is most often the cause of cold sores. It can be spread to the mouth or lips through activities like kissing. It can spread to the genitals by mouth to genital contact or genital to genital contact. Herpes simplex virus -2 can be spread through vaginal, anal ; oral sex. ...Read more

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Can i get an easy to understand explanation of herpes simplex type 1?

Herpes Simplex Virus: 1 most commonly causes cold sores. In some cases - it can also cause lesions on the genitals. ...Read more

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Since my boyfriend has herpes simplex, will i get it too just by contact?

Since my boyfriend has herpes simplex, will i get it too just by contact?

Precautions: There's no time to be guaranteed that he can't pass it to you but, he can reduce the chances bu taking virus-suppressing medication and you two should avoid sexual contact when he knows that he's having an outbreak. Talk to your pcps for more specific ideas. ...Read more

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Why did i get herpes simplex-1?

Why did i get herpes simplex-1?

Possibly from : Kissing. It is a common infection that is the most frequent cause of cold sores. ...Read more

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Where do I get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Where do I get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Depends on site: A swab of the oral cavity, urethra, vagina, or anal canal are all sites that can be used to test for herpes, although a blood test can also see if you already have antibodies. The blood test is not as good at determining if you have a current infection, as if you have been exposed --although it also depends on the test performed. ...Read more

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Can i get herpes simplex 1through a mans semen?

Can i get herpes simplex 1through a mans semen?

Herpes simplex,: As well as many other disorders, can be transmitted by exposure to bodily fluids, including semen. That's why we don't recommend unprotected sex. ...Read more

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In what way can a child get infected with herpes simplex type 1?

In what way can a child get infected with herpes simplex type 1?

Herpes 1: Herpes is a very common infection and most people have had it in their lifetime. It most commonly causes "cold sores". The virus stays with us and can reactivate. Before you realize it you are shedding the virus and if you are with a child who has not had it they can get it very easily. ...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