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Incubation Time For Cold Sore Virus Exposure
How long does it take to develop lesions after exposure to cold sores? My boyfriend has developed cold sore blisters and i think I have been exposed. How long before i can expect to see blisters forming if I do have the virus?
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
My husband cheated for 4 months and now I have a cold sore for the first time ever and i'm 39. He does not have a cold sore. Could he give me the virus without him ever getting a cold sore.
Cold : Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. Most people become infected as an infant or small child when kissed or by sharing eating utensils with an adult who has the virus. The virus is most contagious when someone has a cold sore, but can still be passed along by someone who does not. Many people do not even know that they are infected because the virus can "hide out" in the nerve cells for very long periods of time - for some people it hides out forever and they never get a cold sore. For others, the virus can "wake up" and that's when a cold sore happens. No one knows exactly what causes a cold sore to appear - sometimes stress, illness, fevers, colds, sunlight, cold weather, menstruation, certain foods, allergies, you name it! they usually last 7-10 days and are more of an annoyance than a danger unless you have a weakened immune system or contract a bacterial infection on top of the cold sore. So yes, your husband could have given you hsv-1 without ever having a cold sore himself. However, it is also possible that you could have caught hsv-1 years ago from someone else by kissing or sharing eating utensils and are just now having symptoms. (possibly brought out by recent stress?) since the virus is so common and lies dormant in so many people, it can be difficult to pinpoint the source of infection. ...Read more
Have a 1st time cold sore. Being careful about spreading the virus. A subtle rash started on my hands as well. Are my hands contagious now too?
No but: Cold sore is caused by herpes simplex i virus which has infected most people but only a small number breaks out in cold sores. Thus you will not be infecting anyone who has a good immune system. However it is not usually associated with rash far away from the junction where the skin joins the mucous membrane. Thus either you have something else or the rash and sores are unrelated. ...Read more
If I have Herpes simplex virus-1 cold sore)can I pass genital herpes to my partner through oral sex even if I dont have a cold sore at the time?
I contracted the cold sore virus 2 years ago, and only got them every once in a while, but now I'm getting them every month. Is this normal?
This is common: The virus is constantly being fought by your immune systems. Ultraviolet light exposure (i.e. sun), stress, and periods can all cause the virus to flair without warning and without following any previous pattern. There are medications for patients with frequent flairs. See your dermatologist and ask about options that are right for you! ...Read more
Cold sores: Because you can shed the virus without having open lesions, you should always let your partner know if you had cold sores in the past. Still, you are more likely to spread the virus when a sore is visible to that would be the time to avoid contact until the sore is completely gone. ...Read more
No: Topicals are not worth discussion. ORAL antivirals are very effective when dosed correctly. They are very safe, even with neutropenia and colon cancer. Depending on your history you may take a large dose at first symptoms of attack (prodrome) or a smaller daily dose to prevent symptoms. A lip balm including sunscreen also helps reduce attacks. Best result with a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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