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I had been tested positive for herpes simplex type 1.Can it spread by sharing food without an outbreak ?Example like taking her food with my spoon?

I had been tested positive for herpes simplex type 1.Can it spread by sharing food without an outbreak ?Example like taking her food with my spoon?

Low risk: While possible, the risk is low. Some people do shed a low level of herpes virus when when there are no lesions. Risk of transmission can be lowered if she takes lysine 100mg daily. She may also take Acyclovir which is a prescription anti-viral that reduces shedding. But also you may already have been exposed to the virus. At least 50% of people have by the time they are 20. Most don't realize it. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & ...Read more


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What is herpes simplex type 1?

What is herpes simplex type 1?

Cold sores: Hsv ! is the name for cold sores that commonly occur on the lips. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1 from?

What is herpes simplex type 1 from?

DNA virus: Hs type 1 is produced by a dna virus that commonly passes in the oral secretions or from direct contact with the skin. It is most commonly identified in "cold sores" which are actually a reactivation of a previous hs1 infection. ...Read more

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Can herpes simplex type 1 turn into type 2?

Can herpes simplex type 1 turn into type 2?

No: Both are completely different strains. Type 1 causes lesions typically around the mouth. Type 2 causes lesions typically around the genitals. However, there are no absolutes in medicine so either strain can occur anywhere. ...Read more

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

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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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

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Can herpes simplex type 1 infect the genitals?

Can herpes simplex type 1 infect the genitals?

Yes: Herpes simplex virus type i does infect the genital tract. As a matter of fact, nearly 60% of neonatal herpes infections (mostly acquired from genital tract during the birth process) have been caused by HSV type i. ...Read more

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Do you know are canker sores related to herpes simplex type 1?

Not related: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex type 1 virus. Canker sore cause is not well understood, but not beleived to be viral in origin. ...Read more

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Canker* sores, not cold sores (aka feverblisters)related to herpes simplex type 1, what to do?

Canker* sores, not cold sores (aka feverblisters)related to herpes simplex type 1, what to do?

Herpetic lesions: Canker sores of herpetic origin can be treated palliatively to give relief from the soreness. Abreva is an over-the counter topical gel/medication that you can purchase at your pharmacy that will reduce the length of time that the lesion is active. Your dentist or physician can also prescribe an anti-viral drug (ie. Acyclovir) that can also reduce the length of time and/or onset of appearance. ...Read more

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I have herpes simplex type 1 ( cold sores ) not responding to Acyclovir is there an alternative ?

I have herpes simplex type 1 ( cold sores ) not responding to Acyclovir is there an alternative ?

See a dermatologist: Acyclovir is effective orally, not topically. Must be used at prodrome or daily to be effective. Your dose may be too small. Valacyclovir is much more effective, used at 2 gram dose at prodrome: as soon as you feel the first tingling. Repeat once in 12 hours. Chapstick with sunscreen helps reduce frequency. Lysine is useless. Topicals do very little. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is herpes simplex type 1, IgG antibody?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is herpes simplex type 1, IgG antibody?

Oral herpes: Herpes simplex type 1 is a virus that typically causes cold sores of the mouth and lips. About 50% of the population has had exposure to hsv type 1. The igg antibody is a protein in the blood that shows that your body has been exposed to this virus in the past. ...Read more

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My husbnd has Herpes Simplex type 1. IgG test Result 9.27.I have delivered baby very recently. Will the virus attack my baby? Does it mean no sex life

My husbnd has Herpes Simplex type 1. IgG test Result 9.27.I have delivered baby very recently. Will the virus attack my baby? Does it mean no sex life

Likely none of these: Almost all adult have been infected with herpes type 1. It usually causes cold sores, though it can cause genital infection and other serious infections also. You are in all likelihood already infected and it should not interfere with your sex life. Consult you baby's doctor if there are any issues about the baby. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1, IgG antibody? Genital or oral?

What is herpes simplex type 1, IgG antibody?  Genital or oral?

Usually oral: Herpes infections are described as type i (oral /cold sores)or type ii(genital). However, either type can cause affect either location. Igg antibody detected by a blood test. & indicates one has been exposed to the virus at least several weeks prior &possibly much longer- as in years. Most people who have HSV antibody have no idea that they have herpes. ...Read more

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If I have oral sex with someone who has herpes simplex type 1 will i get genital herpes type 2?

If I have oral sex with someone who has herpes simplex type 1 will i get genital herpes type 2?

Yes!: You can acquire type 2 herpes as well. No protection is given. But remember location does not count. Type one or 2 can infect orally or genitally. ...Read more

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If my partner and i are both herpes simplex type one and we had oral sex. Could we both become herpes simplex type two? ?

If my partner and i are both herpes simplex type one and we had oral sex. Could we both become herpes simplex type two? ?

Location change only: Herpes simplex type 1&2 are two different strains of the virus in the same family (chicken pox is actually a herpes virus too). It used to be a big deal having type 1(oral) vs 2 (genital) but the sexual revolution had changed this perception a bit--type 1 can be down below and type 2 can occur above, but one does not change into another. Live well, live safely, and protect yourself. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I use more than one anti-viral for herpes simplex type 2 at te same time? How this can affect my health?

Poly-antiviral tx?: Most cases of hsv will resolve on their own but will resolve more quickly w/antiviral therapy. Abreva otc may work altho we see frequent rapid relapse. Almost all hsv is susceptible to Acyclovir (& its family of agents). Using these 2 together is probably ok. Using 2 Acyclovir derivatives together will just cost you $$$. There currently no other oral agents/effective topical agents..Coming soon. ...Read more

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How common is herpes simplex virus type 1?

How common is herpes simplex virus type 1?

HSV 1: In the United States, there are about 500, 000 primary hsv 1 infections each year. Infection is permanent, but rarely serious in the patient with a normal immune system. Most patients are either without symptoms or have mild clinical disease. ...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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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