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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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Question might not of sent. If you have a cold sore (oral herpes) and you accidentally spit on pubic hair, will it spread to genitals? Sorry

Asked and Answered: Your question has been accurately and repeatedly answered. No you cannot reinfect yourself. Having a cold sore or not having a cold sore is in no way correlated as to when you shed virus. ...Read more

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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. ...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