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Is it possible to be immune to cold sores?

Is it possible to be immune to cold sores?

Of course: Cold sores are the result of reactivation of a previously experienced herpes oral infection. Known as a slow virus. Herpes gingivostomatitis is an exceedingly common childhood infection, like chicken pox. Immune system fights it off. But it lingers in tissues. Only a small percentage of people go on to get cold sores from its reactivation in later years. Like shingles and chicken pox. ...Read more

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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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Can you be immune to cold sores?

Can you be immune to cold sores?

sure: Most adults have already been exposed to the herpes simplex type i virus (but most don't get cold sores). ...Read more

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If you're immune to cold sores, would it be possible to be immune to genital herpes as well? Seeing as both viruses interconnect?

If you're immune to cold sores, would it be possible to be immune to genital herpes as well?  Seeing as both viruses interconnect?

Herpetic lesions: There is no real immunity to herpes. When you get herpes it lays dormant in the nerve ganglion (central nerve station) Due to stress/ immunocompromised state it recurs. Having herpes I does not protect you from herpes II,they are different, You can also spread herpes I so if you have a lesion on your lip and it touched and then your vaginal is touched it can spread there. f/u w/doc ...Read more

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How do I know if I am immune to cold sores?

You are not: There is no immunity per say to cold sores, in other words the herpes simplex virus. Different individuals have differing susceptibility based on their health / genetic makeup. ...Read more

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If you already have hsv1 and get cold sores, does that make you immune to contracting the virus again? Or can you still get it somewhere else?

If you already have hsv1 and get cold sores, does that make you immune to contracting the virus again? Or can you still get it somewhere else?

HSV1 may return: Hsv is a virus that may reoccur. It may recur on any mucous membrane. So, if you are having oral sex, it may recur on the genital area if you have oral sex when you have an active lesion. ...Read more

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43-yr old female. Could increased acne, cold sores and uti's be connected? Immune system? Diet? I'm falling apart!

43-yr old female. Could increased acne, cold sores and uti's be connected?  Immune system?  Diet?  I'm falling apart!

Could be all.: Start looking at your nutrition and vitamin intake as well as your sleep quality and stress levels. Hormones can also be a contributing factor. See your doctor for help and screening. ...Read more