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Doctor insights on: Incubation Time For Cold Sore Virus Exposure

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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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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.

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.

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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?

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.

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If I have Herpes simplex virus-1 cold sore)can I pass genital herpes to my partner through oral sex even if I don't have a cold sore at the time?

If I have Herpes simplex virus-1 cold sore)can I pass genital herpes to my partner through oral sex even if I don't have a cold sore at the time?

Yes: Yes it is possible. You can potentially shed the Herpes virus even when you do not have a visible sore and this shedding can transmit the infection.

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How can I get ride of the cold sore virus?

How can I get ride of the cold sore virus?

You can't get rid of: It but your physician can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication.

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Please tell me how long it takes for the cold sore virus to leave your body?

Cold sore.: It doesn't leave your body totally. A cold sore may heal in about ten days without intervention.

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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?

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!

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If you have the virus but no outbreak, is it possible to give the cold sore to someone else?

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.

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I sprayed Lysol on my cold sore. Will that kill the virus?

I sprayed Lysol on my cold sore. Will that kill the virus?

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.

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Can a child with a cold sore be spreading the virus if playing in a community pool?

Can a child with a cold sore be spreading the virus if playing in a community pool?

Possibly: Although community pools are chlorinated to help kill germs and prevent the spread of germs, the virus that causes cold sores is contagious. I suspect the risk is low. Nonetheless, I would suggest that kids with open, active cold sores stay out of community pools to help reduce the risk of transmission.

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If I took a sip from a friends straw but she didn't have a cold sore or anything and I don't know if she gets them how long can the virus live on astraw?

Herpes: 75% of americans have herpes. It is more likely that you are already have herpes than not. If you have not had the blood test for herpes then that has to happen before you worry about other infections. But, in this scenario it is possible if there is immediate exposure to your friend's straw to getting virus if they have herpes. There is no standard time to consider. Please get tested.

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Can my friend transfer a cold sore virus in his eye to me?

Can my friend transfer a cold sore virus in his eye to me?

Not Usually But: Oral herpes is a common infection of the mouth area. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1). There are two types of hsv, termed hsv-1 and hsv-2. See links for more information: 1) http://www. Emedicinehealth. Com/oral_herpes/article_em. Htm 2) http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000606.Htm.

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Cold sore = herpes simplex virus 1?

Cold sore = herpes simplex virus 1?

Eat Yogurt: Herpes simplex virus is when you get little cold sores on the outside of your mouth or the tip of your nose. Try not to touch the cold sore, you could spred it to other parts of your face or eyes. Steep a tea bag then cool it- apply to cold sore to releive pain. Lysine, 3, 000 milligrams daily until the sore goes away. Or eat yogurt which is rich in lysine. You can buy lip clear which has lysine.

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What leads to cold sore, herpes simplex virus?

Yes: 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 immune system. 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.

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Does one's first cold sore outbreak mean that the virus was contracted recently?

Cold sore: Not necessarily. You could have contracted the virus a long time ago, did not cause an infection but made its way to one of your nerve roots to hibernate. For some reason, it decided to come to the surface and cause the cold sore.

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