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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
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
I do not recall getting cold sores on my face. Can having hsv1 on the genitals make me more or less immune to cold sores on my face from hsv1?
Possible:: If not totally immune, then certainly at least partly protected. ...Read more
Is there a better why to get rid of cold sores? I try very hard to keep my immune system up and eat very healthy.
Antiviral drug: Check with your doctor re. A rx for an antiviral drug which may hasten your recovery. ...Read more
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 orally (cold sores), can you contract HSV1 again genitally? Or are you immune since you already have the virus?
Only 1 place: Immunity keeps it localized to 1 place. Hsv1 provides partial immunity against hsv2 as well. ...Read more
43-yr old female. Could increased acne, cold sores and uti's be connected? Immune system? Diet? I'm falling apart!
If you get cold sores yourself and kiss someone who has a cold sore, can you contract it again? Or are you immune bc you already have the virus?
I have 2 cold sores on my lip and im around my 3 month baby, I've had them all my life so is she immune cause I think I kissed her before they came on?
If you already have hsv1 (cold sores) are you immune to it? So you would not be able to get genital herpes from hsv1?
Is there any reason I constantly get uti' and cold sores? My doctor has advised me to go for a blood test to check my immune system is this normal
Not normal: But common especially in females, inadequately treated uti's or recurrent uti's, a common presenting condition, might need more extensive investigation of the urinary tract, and possibly long term prophylactic antibiotics, probing the immune system won't harm, recurrent cold sores are common too, can occur in immunocompetent persons, goodluck, ...Read more
Suddenly: canker sores, recurrent cold sores, yeast infections w/ any sexual contact, blepharitis & had vaginal streptococcus. Underlying immune issue?
Yes: A family doc or infectious disease doctor could run a panel of tests to check it. I am not sure medical science is advanced enough to do anything about it. IVIG infusions are sometimes effective in patients with low globulins, but is terribly expensive, not covered by most insurance AND exposes you to the mercies of possible unknown blood born pathogens. Worth getting it checked if getting worse. ...Read more
Possibly: You may just be lucky. If you are immune it has nothing to do with total immunity. ...Read more
Can weightlifting lower your immune system? Started yesterday for the 1st time in 7 months and the next day got a cold sore on lip
Exercise,: If anything, should strengthen your immune system. I think you cold sore is a pure coincidence. It can come from exposure to ultra violet rays, if you exercised outdoors. ...Read more
If you get coldsores and kiss someone with a coldsore, can u get reinfected and get more sores? Or are u immune since u already have the virus?
See a dentist: Treatment of sores in the mouth can vary dramatically depending on the cause of the sore. So it's wise to see a dentist or physician to diagnose and suggest an appropriate treatment. Cold sores can be controlled, but not cured. Until you can see the dentist/physician, keep the area clean with warm water rinses. If eating/drinking is painful, try bland foods. ...Read more
Find out "triggers": See if you can figure out what you do to cause them to erupt! Most patients have a "trigger", or something they eat or experience that brings the cold sores! It could be emotional stress, extended exposure to sunlight, exposure to certain foods like walnuts, citrus fruits, chocolate, etc! Also, with experience, most people can tell when a sore is starting, so they start the zovirax (acyclovir) that day! ...Read more
Options: Probably won't resolve overnight. Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more