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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 very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Could HSV 1/ cold sores be spread to the tongue?

Could HSV 1/ cold sores be spread to the tongue?

Yes: The first time you have hsv 1 you could have it spread anywhere in your mouth. After that the sores tend to appear on soft tissue like the tongue and lips. ...Read more

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I have hsv-1 (cold sores) and I have never had an outbreak or felt symptons. I wanted to know if im contagious to my family and life partner.

I have hsv-1 (cold sores) and I have never had an outbreak or felt symptons. I wanted to know if im contagious to my family and life partner.

Herpes: Yes. Of course, you are. But, unfortunately there is no test that can tell us where and when you are shedding virus and are contagious. We now know that having an outbreak or not is, in no way, predictive of contagion. ...Read more

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At what age is exposure to hsv-1 (cold sores) no longer extremely dangerous to babies? When does it become just a cold sore and not a fatal disease?

At what age is exposure to hsv-1 (cold sores) no longer extremely dangerous to babies? When does it become just a cold sore and not a fatal disease?

First exposure only: The first exposure is usually the one that is most dangerous because the immune system is still developing and may not handle the infection very well. That being said the age of when exposure to newborns is the least dangerous is usually when the immune system has had time to develop properly and can vary. By age 3 to 4 the initial outbreak is not likely to be as bad. ...Read more

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I have a bump in my pubic hair that looks kinda like a pimple. Is this some form of STD? I have hsv-1(cold sores) but never anything down there

I have a bump in my pubic hair that looks kinda like a pimple. Is this some form of STD? I have hsv-1(cold sores) but never anything down there

Likely folliculitis: With the development of pubic hair, you become susceptible to folliculitis -- i.e. inflammation or minor infection at the base of a hair. (You may be able to see a hair in the center of the pimple.) The only STD that could do this is genital herpes, but herpes doesn't involve hairs and is uncommon in the pubic area. You'll be at higher risk of folliculitis if you shave your pubic hair. ...Read more

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If tested for HSV 1 & 2 and HSV 1 was "indeterminate" what does that mean exactly? (hsv 2 was negative). Never had cold sores ever.

Yes: It is good that your hsv2 is negative. Hsv1 will news to be retested in a few weeks to see if levels have risen to be positive. ...Read more

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If i. Had cold sores as a child does that mean I have hsv-1 for life?

If i. Had cold sores as a child does that mean I have hsv-1 for life?

Yes: Hsv-1 remains in your body once you get it once, however it becomes dormant — it goes to sleep — in one of your spinal nerves. Sometimes, the virus can become reactivated, and cause more cold sores, but other times it remains dormant for life. ...Read more

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I have had hsv-1 for many years. I rarely or never get cold sores. I never found it necessary to tell a partner. Do you agree? Thanks.

I have had hsv-1 for many years. I rarely or never get cold sores. I never found it necessary to tell a partner. Do you agree? Thanks.

Herpes simplex: Most human beings have had herpes simplex exposure. Whether you have active sores does not necessarily determine whether you are going to transmit it to others, since you may be shedding virus despite the absence of active lesions. Whether you tell people be a personal ethical choice. Wouldn't you want to know if a potential partner had something you could acquire? ...Read more

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Shared a cigarette (Slightly damp on the end) with someone who has HSV-1,no cold sores though. What is my risk of contracting? Should I be worried??

Shared a cigarette (Slightly damp on the end) with someone who has HSV-1,no cold sores though. What is my risk of contracting? Should I be worried??

Yes: Be worried, as cigarettes are dangerously harmful. One should never intentionally inhale the byproducts of burning organic material plus whatever chemicals are added to the organic material (called a cigarette). No worries for HSV-1, which causes about 80% of oral herpes and is considered a universal virus (most people have it). An estimated 80% of adults have HSV-1, so it's the new "normal". ...Read more

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I have hsv-1 what is the chance that I could transfer the virus to my bf, when I have no cold sores present?

I have hsv-1 what is the chance that I could transfer the virus to my bf, when I have no cold sores present?

Up to 50%: Half of all people have hsv1 by the time they go to college. So there is a 50% chance that your boyfriend already has it and there is no issue about passing it to each other. Even without an active cold sore, there is some asymptomatic shedding that occurs always, so you can pass it to him even if you don't have cold sore if he is negative for hsv1. ...Read more

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What is the relation of having iritis and HSV 1? How does HSV 1 antibodies cause iritis? (no cold sores ever).

What is the relation of having iritis and HSV 1? How does HSV 1 antibodies cause iritis? (no cold sores ever).

Rarely: Does hsv cause an iritis. Iritis is found in about only 1% of primary hsv ocular infection patients. The method of travel is that the virus accesses the ocular structures by direct contact or the trigeminal nerve from active infection. ...Read more

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Since cold sores are so common and probably easy to pass on to babies, how would you know if a baby contracted the HSV 1 virus?

Since cold sores are so common and probably easy to pass on to babies, how would you know if a baby contracted the HSV 1 virus?

Herpes simplex: Common. Between half and three-quarters of ordinary people "carry" HSV. Most are not symptomatic. If you have a mouth or lip blister, I wouldn't kiss the baby, but I wouldn't recommend 1/2 to 3/4 of mothers not kiss/touch/cuddle their babies.

You probably would not know unless the baby was extremely young, unusually small or very ill. ...Read more

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If me and my lover both have hsv-1, and I have a cold sore (she doesn't), will the skin-to-skin contact with the sore gaurentee that she will get one?

If me and my lover both have hsv-1, and I have a cold sore (she doesn't), will the skin-to-skin contact with the sore gaurentee that she will get one?

Stop worrying: You've both met the virus and won't infect each other. Her contacting your sore won't cause hers to flare. Further, a physician can keep these at bay with medication. And fear of fever blisters is no reason not to kiss. Cherish your being together. ...Read more

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Hsv 1. My partner 30 year old shows HSV 1 IgG detected. Igm negative. She says she has not had cold sores since childhood. Can she tramit HSV 1 to me?

Yes: Although much higher amounts of virus are found at the time when lesions (cold sores) are present, asymptomatic shedding of hsv-1 can certainly occur in seropositive people. This shedding can result in transmission. Most people, by the time they reach adulthood, are seropositive. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I will spread HSV 1 to my baby if I have never had symptoms of the virus but my mother has gotten cold sores for as I remember?

How likely is it that I will spread HSV 1 to my baby if I have never had symptoms of the virus but my mother has gotten cold sores for as I remember?

Herpes simplex: Common. Between half and three-quarters of ordinary people "carry" HSV. Most are not symptomatic. If you have a mouth or lip blister, I wouldn't kiss the baby, but I wouldn't recommend 1/2 to 3/4 of mothers not kiss/touch/cuddle their babies. ...Read more

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How is iritis and herpes related? Would it have to be herpes of the eye? (was tested for HSV 1/2. 1 was pos; 2 neg. No cold sores ever).

Herpes and the eye: There are many possible causes of iritis, with herpes being one of more common causes. As indicated, herpes iritis is usually associated with involvement of the cornea, or front surface of the eye. In addition, herpes eye infections are almost always one-sided. So if both you have iritis in both eyes, this probably isn't caused by herpes. ...Read more

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I have test positive for HSV 1 but I have not any symptoms. I have been having dry spots on my penis that I am not sure is my first outbreak. I know that HSV 1 usually cause moutb cold sores but since I have not had any I am curious if I may have genital

Maybe : We know now that 1 in 5 Americans have the HSV 1 and/or 2 virus. The vast majority of them don't even know that they have it. The slide used in lectures is of an ice berg with the portion above the water being those who have had outbreaks. Unfortunately both types 1and2 can be either oral or genital and the only way to know where u have the virus is by having an outbreak. The best advice is to b safe ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

Reduce stress: Cold sores are from a virus that is permanently in your "system" and comes out when you're stressed, lack of sleep, minor trauma, lowered resistance, etc. Once you've got one, you'll always have it.

Often treated by a dentist using s soft tissue laser (without actually touching the sore) & makes them heal faster.
See your md if medical issues exist. ...Read more

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My infant was kissed on her hand by someone with a history of cold sores (no active sore). She put her hand in her mouth; could she contracted hsv-1?

My infant was kissed on her hand by someone with a history of cold sores (no active sore). She put her hand in her mouth; could she contracted hsv-1?

An older infant?: Actually, the majority of the population has had hsv-1 oral herpes already. We try not to spread obvious germs, so people with cold sores shouldn't kiss until the sores are gone. With young babies, it's best to avoid getting infections from other people. After a baby is older and stronger, such as at the toddler age, getting a hsv-1 infection causes mouth and gum sores, but the toddlers recover. ...Read more

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Are canker sores inside mouth (gums, inner cheek) a form of HSV 1? Never had any blister-like cold sores outside on/around lips.

Are canker sores inside mouth (gums, inner cheek) a form of HSV 1? Never had any blister-like cold sores outside on/around lips.

Canker sores?: Canker sores are ulcers of unknown origin. They may result from stress, citrus foods, irritation or trauma. They usually occur on the inside of the mouth and the tongue.
Aphthous stomatitis (cold sores or fever blisters) are caused by the hsv-1 virus. They usually occur in clusters on the outside of the lips.
Check with your dentist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment for pain. ...Read more

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Hsv1+ and hsv2- for blood antibodies. Had cold sores before. Can I also get genital hsv 1 if exposed? Having swollen glands in groin. Itchy and tingle

Hsv1+ and hsv2- for blood antibodies. Had cold sores before. Can I also get genital hsv 1 if exposed? Having swollen glands in groin. Itchy and tingle

No: If a person has antibodies to HSV1 (has immunity), she should not get new HSV1 infections in places that she did not get HSV1 sores in the past. New herpes lesions on the genitals would be presumed HSV2 (if the HSV2 antibodies turned positive on the blood tests after the new genital herpes sores). Life can surprise you sometimes. Maybe HSV1 was in the genitals in the past but wasn't noticeable. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if I get hsv-1, will I get a cold sore too?

I'm wondering if I get hsv-1, will I get a cold sore too?

It causes cold sores: 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. It depends on your >. ...Read more

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I was tested for HSV 1 and 2 and came back I have both. But can my kids have and never show a sign of a cold sore?

I was tested for HSV 1 and 2 and came back I have both. But can my kids have and never show a sign of a cold sore?

Herpes type 1 : A positive hsv 1 titer does not mean much. 90% of americans have this result meaning they have an antibody indicating past exposure to herpes type 1. 25% have an antibody to hsv2. With no history of outbreaks then there is no reason for you to anything. You are an asymptomatic carrier. ...Read more

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How likely is HSV 1 to spread via multiple contacts. For instance, if a person touches their cold sore and then an object and I then touch the object?

"Objectively", no: Transmitting HSV or any STD for that matter is virtually impossible to do if an inanimate object is the intermediary. It takes one warm, moist place contacting another. ...Read more

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If i already have hsv-1, and I come into direct contact with another person's cold sore, how long, if at all, will it be before I get a cold sore too?

If i already have hsv-1, and I come into direct contact with another person's cold sore, how long, if at all, will it be before I get a cold sore too?

Likely won't: If you already have had a hsv1 infection you already have some immunity. If the skin contact was in an area where you have already experienced outbreaks you are probably safe. New exposure in a new skin area might cause a new outbreak at that site — it's possible. ...Read more

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Does the presence of a cold sore make you contagious to other people with hsv-1?

Does the presence of a cold sore make you contagious to other people with hsv-1?

Herpes: A sore has no correlation to contagiousness with herpes. Viral shedding is just as likely to be present when there is no sore and not be present when there is a sore. This is new information. Many in medicine and in society have yet to learn how complicated herpes truly is. ...Read more

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How likely is HSV-1 spread by using the same cup as someone with an active cold sore, but washing it with dish soap and water before you use it?

How likely is HSV-1 spread by using the same cup as someone with an active cold sore, but washing it with dish soap and water before you use it?

No risk at all: Even without washing the cup, there would be little risk. Contact with the infected person's mouth by kissing or oral sex would be high risk for transmission, but herpes is rarely spread by indirect contact like drinking glasses, utensils, etc. Certainly with a soap a water wash, there is absolutely no risk. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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