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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


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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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Can you have oral herpes if you never had s cold sore?

Can you have oral herpes if you never had s cold sore?

Maybe: A cold sore is the herpes virus. But if you've never had a cold sore, it's usually a good sign that you don't have oral herpes but in some instances, you can have the virus and it never has manifested itself. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a lip piercing if you have oral herpes?

Not at outbreak: You should not have the piercing place during an outbreak of lip (cold) sores due to infectious nature. Harmful to person placing the devise. However, no problem at other times. Slight risks of other infections to the site. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you ever get a cold sore in your life you have oral herpes for life?

Right: Almost everyone has been exposed to that virus. It resides within us all. When we have a dip in our resistance, these herpes ulcers can appear. ...Read more

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Is oral herpes is an s.T.I or not? If not what are other causes?

Is oral herpes is an s.T.I or not? If not what are other causes?

Herpes virus: Oral herpes (hsv1) is most often from physical contact with an infected individual. Genital herpes (hsv2) is most often always contracted from sexual contact, and few cases have been shown of hsv1 coming from oral-genital contact, but the two are all but indistinguishable from each other. Maby the answer to your question is can you get herpes by not having sex, answer is yes. Just contact. ...Read more

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How common is oral herpes?

How common is oral herpes?

Fairly common: Oral herpes is more common than one might think. It comes from the herpes simplex virus type 1 (genital is type 2). Most people are actually infected with the oral herpes virus in early childhood, but not everyone shows signs. Most common sign is the peri-oral lesion, more commonly referred to as a cold sore or fever blister. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Hsv (Definition)

HSV, or herpes simplex virus, is a virus that has two types. Type 1 causes "cold sores" or sores around the mouth, while Type ...Read more