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Is Oral Herpes Curable
Fairly common: Oral herpes is more common than one might think. It comes from the herpes simplex virus type 1 (genital is type 2). Most people are actually infected with the oral herpes virus in early childhood, but not everyone shows signs. Most common sign is the peri-oral lesion, more commonly referred to as a cold sore or fever blister. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Herpes virus: Oral herpes (hsv1) is most often from physical contact with an infected individual. Genital herpes (hsv2) is most often always contracted from sexual contact, and few cases have been shown of hsv1 coming from oral-genital contact, but the two are all but indistinguishable from each other. Maby the answer to your question is can you get herpes by not having sex, answer is yes. Just contact. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a dermatologist: First find out what you have. Then a dermatologist can prescribe pills which are effective and very safe. We use valacyclovir or acyclovir. Sometimes a pill every day, sometimes a dose at the exact start of the next attack. If it is not herpes they will have no effect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HSV-1: It is extremely common to have the virus that causes oral herpes/cold sores/"fever blisters". Typically they are an annoyance that flare up periodically for 1-2 weeks on the lips. If it is a first episode it can be much worse and can involve the mouth too. I would see your primary doctor about this. If you get recurrent flares they may provide a prescription to take at the onset of sores. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hours or days: If you become infected for the first time the symptoms are usually the most severe because your immune system has never been exposed to the virus. Most people have no idea that they were infected until symptoms appear and the severity of symptoms will vary depending on the person's overall health and their immune response to the infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When active: Most of us harbor herpes virus in our tissues, having been infected years earlier (often asymptomatically). For a variety of reasons we get intermittent symptomatic eruptions as "cold sores". There is some evidence to suggest, however, that viral shedding may occur without having overt symptoms. ...Read more
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