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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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If you have a cold sore does that mean you have herpes? Is it the contagious kind of 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).

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If you have a cold sore should you avoid kissing a partner to prevent passing herpes?

If you have a cold sore should you avoid kissing a partner to prevent passing herpes?

Yes and no: Cold sores are of bacterial origin but herpes is a virus. Either can be passed by contact so you should refrain from contact.

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Can you give youself genital herpes if you have a cold sore from masterbating?

Can you give youself genital herpes if you have a cold sore from masterbating?

Herpes: First. There are two herpes viruses. A person cannot give themselves an infection. Infection comes from someone or somewhere else. If you have herpes simplex, or oral herpes, it does not move. You cannot get the same herpes virus a second time. 75% of americans have the oral herpes virus. 25% have the std herpes or hsv type two.

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If you have a cold sore on your lip, does this mean you have full fledged infectious herpes?

If you have a cold sore on your lip, does this mean you have full fledged infectious herpes?

Yes: I am not sure what you mean by "full fledged" infectious herpes, but I will say you do have active infectious herpes that can be transmitted and needs to be treated.

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Is it possible to transmit the herpes virus to your genital area if you have a cold sore?

Is it possible to transmit the herpes virus to your genital area if you have a cold sore?

HSV: There are two types of herpes simplex viruses (hsv) that cause oral and genital herpes. Typically, hsv-1 causes oral disease and hsv-2 genital disease. However, both viruses can cause either infection. Self innoculation (or transmitting oral disesae to the genitalia) is virtually impossible since the virus is inactivated at room temperature and by drying from air.

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Please explain if it is true that having oral sex with someone when you have a cold sore (fever blister) will give that person genital herpes?

There is potential: For herpes simplex virus 1 to be transmitted to genitalia. Oral sex has potential to transmit a number of sti's. Herpes simplex, hiv, hpv, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis ; hepatitis can be spread via oral sex.

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If I have a cold sore do I have herpes?

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.

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How do I know if I have a cold sore or herpes?

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.

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If I have a cold sore does that mean I have herpes?

If I have 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.

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What should I do if I have a cold sore, but its not herpes?

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.

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What to do if I have a cold sore. Does that meanI have herpes?

What to do if I have a cold sore. Does that meanI have herpes?

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

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What's a way to explain to my bf that I have a cold sore and not herpes?

Well cold sores: Are usually due to herpes simplex type 1. Genital herpes is type 2. At least this is how it is most of the time (but not always).

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Could I give my bf herpes if I have a cold sore and we kiss?

Yes!: A cold sore is usually caused by a recurrence of herpes so direct contact with a skin surface can certainly pass on the infection.

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