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Do you know are herpes and cold sores the same thing?

Do you know are herpes and cold sores the same thing?

Cold sores: Which are also called fever blisters are due to infection with the herpes simplex virus. ...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


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Do you know are cold sores the same thing as oral herpes?

Do you know are cold sores the same thing as oral herpes?

Cold sores: Or fever blisters have classically been paired with herpes simplex type 1 (oral herpes) but herpes simplex type 2 can also cause oral lesions. ...Read more

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Are oral herpes from oral sex and ulcers/cold sores the same thing? I'm not sure if I have them, but some people are saying all cold sores/ulcers are the same thing?

Yes: Once a upon a time there was herpes simplex type one which was the cause of oral cold sores and herpes simplex two which was the cause of genital sores. Things have become more confused as both types of herpes can infect either tissues. Most of use are exposed to herpes simplex one before age 5 and then are immune to herpes simplex one infecting our genital tissues. Ulcers are another story. ...Read more

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Are all cold sores herpes?

Yes: But are all cold sores properly labeled and diagnosed. ..THAT is the question! ...Read more

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Are cold sores really a form of herpes?

Yes: Cold sores are oral herpes sores. Herpes simplex type 1 virus is the usual cause of oral herpes cold sores, but the type 2 (which usually causes genital herpes) can also cause cold sores on the lips. ...Read more

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How are cold sores and herpes different?

Terminology: Cold sores are caused by one of the human herpes virus subtypes hsv 1 or 2. ...Read more

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Can you get cold sores without having herpes?

Can you get cold sores without having herpes?

NO: True cold sores are as a result of herpes simplex virus. Apthous ulcers are little canker sores in the mouth and are not herpetic in nature. ...Read more

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Do you know are cold sores and herpes related?

Yes: Most cold sores are due to herpes simplex virus 1 but some are due to herpes simplex virus 2. ...Read more

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How do cold sores look like in relation to herpes?

How do cold sores look like in relation to herpes?

One in the same: Cold sores are lesions caused by herpes visrus infections. They can be mucocutaneous (the lips) or genital.
Depending on the location usually dictates with variant of the human herpes virus has infected that skin. ...Read more

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Can getting cold sores necessarily mean you have herpes?

Yes: Type 1: 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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Could there be a difference between cold sores and herpes?

HV 1 or 2?: 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. ...Read more

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If oral happens does the partner get herpes or just cold sores?

Cold sores: Oral herpes (cold sores) are commonly caused by HSV-1. Genital herpes is commonly caused by HSV-2. HSV-2 is not common in the mouth; however 80% of new genital herpes cases are now caused by HSV-1 through oral/genital contact. Is less likely to get oral herpes from someone with genital herpes but more likely to get genital herpes from someone with oral herpes. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Why are people so negative about herpes if they are just cold sores?

Cold sores/herpes: Herpes viruses are characterized by the fact that they never go away once infected: they merely "hide out" until a trigger (stress, bright sunlight, infection, etc) causes them to re-emerge. People don't like cold sore because they are painful & unsightly & can be easily transmitted to others. Meds can suppress the virus but never cure the infection. ...Read more

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Home remedies to help with cold sores/herpes? And to boost immunity?

Home remedies to help with cold sores/herpes? And to boost immunity?

Many good choices: My favorite "home remedy" for cold sores/herpes may not be around your house but is found in health food stores- topical lemon balm cream- see http://www. Med. Nyu. Edu/content? Chunkiid=21798
for many other choices see http://earthclinic. Com/cures/natural-cold-sore-remedies. Html
to boost immunity reduce stress, avoid sweets ; gmo's, take good multivit. ; medicinal mushrooms ; herbs like ashwagandha. ...Read more

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Is it possible to use herpecin even if I don't have cold sores or herpes?

Yes: But what makes you think that you need to use it? What else is happening that you are not telling here? ...Read more

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How likely is it that i'll give herpes to my baby, if I get cold sores once a year?

How likely is it that i'll give herpes to my baby, if I get cold sores once a year?

High likelihood: Cold sores are typically caused by hsv-1 virus, and is associated (though not exclusively) with herpes ulcers above the waistline. Once infected, the virus hides out in the neurons that innervate the cell lining of the mouth. Up to 80% of HSV infections are asymptomatic. By age 30 years, 50% of individuals in a high socioeconomic status and 80% in a lower socioeconomic status are seropositive. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you had been getting cold sores ever since you were a child, is that herpes?

HV 1 or 2?: 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. ...Read more

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Everyone makes fun of me because I get cold sores, and tells me I have herpes, do I really have herpes?

Herpes labialis: Or "orolabial herpes" is an infection of the lip by herpes simplex virus. The lessons, small blisters or sores are located around the mouth, also called fever blisters or cold sores. The condition heals within 2–3 weeks. Herpes labialis can reoccur 3-4 times a year. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from inanimate objects that people with cold sores have touched and then touching yourself after?

Can you get herpes from inanimate objects that people with cold sores have touched and then touching yourself after?

Asked and answered: No. You have already been taught this. Also herpes is never transmitted from skin not infected. Herpes viral shedding has ZERO correlation to when one has a sore. If you don't want the experts answer perhaps you should find another forum. ...Read more

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How long does cold sores/herpes survive on a surface where you would need to be concerned about it being able to be transferred?

How long does cold sores/herpes survive on a surface where you would need to be concerned about it being able to be transferred?

Rare: It is rare for herpes to ever be transmitted by fomites. What "surface" concerns you? Why? Herpes virus is transmitted by direct contact of skin to skin. Also note how common it is that people already carry herpes without realizing it. ...Read more

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Extremely scared that I might have herpes and that I'm not active but I have done things with a guy and I'm scared because I have cold sores?

I do not understand: If you have cold sores you have herpes...herpes simplex 1. That does not mean that you have genital herpes- herpes simplex 2. IF you are scared, see your doctor for more information. That should help a lot. ...Read more

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I don't test positive for herpes but I have always gotten cold sores since I was little, why? Maybe once every other, sometimes not for several years.

Herpes simplex: Do not know what you mean when you say you do not test positive for herpes. Antibody testing? Viral culture of the cold sores? Staining of scrapings of the base of the sores? Difficult to know what these are without an exam, but they are more likely to be random recurrences of herpes as you describe them. ...Read more

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