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If I Had A Cold Sore Does That Mean I Have Herpes
Yes: Cold sore is just one of the terms people apply to the manifestations of herpesvirus around the mouth. You can take preventive medication if they happen uncomforably often and there are topical meds to use when one breaks out. Make sure to take good care of your overall health and be considerate of your partner if s/he doesn't have it. It's a really common virus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
HSV: 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). An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. So if you have an actual cold sore that is caused by herpes simplex virus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A cold sore can: be easily diagnosed. Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2. Your Dr can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg ...Read more
If you get cold sores does that mean you can never kiss and I have not had a cold sore in 2 years do I have hsv1?
No: Hsv 1 is commonly associated with sores near the lips while hsv 2 is more commonly associated with sores on genitals.However, both could show up at either location. The virus will often go dormant for long periods and medications can help control outbreaks. Your partners would appreciate it if you avoid kissing during outbreaks, but you don't have to give it up. ...Read more
I do not have a cold sore right now, but even if i don't have a cold sore can I still pass herpes if i give a bj?
Not necessarily: Cold sores are relatively common and can be acquired without sexual contact.Some kids have them from an early age.The strain of herpes differs to some extent, from that of genital disease.However, those who engage in oral sex with someone shedding the genital virus can acquire cold sores from that contact. ...Read more
What to do if i don't have a cold sore right now, but even if i don't have a cold sore can I still pass herpes if i give a bj?
Herpes: You may be misinformed. Why do you think your cold sore is not herpes? There are three common anti-herpes medications. Your physician can help you with this. 75% of americans have been infected with the oral or type one herpes. 90% of them do not know they are infected unless they have the blood test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a vaginal hsv1 outbreak for the first time ever. Does that mean I just recently contacted herpes? Or could I have had it for a while now?
First HSV outbreak : Genital herpes is usually caused by HSV 2, although the "cold sore virus" HSV-1 can be transmitted with oral sex. The first outbreak of herpes is just that- so u did not have it before. It's possible your partner never knew they had it because most people don't have symptoms. You must have picked it up about 4 days ago from onset of rash (range 2 - 12 days). Hope this helps. Feel better! ...Read more
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
See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
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