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What causes little blisters, itching, burning and severe dryness in the lips? I'm in menopause and no exposure to oral herpes.

What causes little blisters, itching, burning and severe dryness in the lips? I'm in menopause and no exposure to oral herpes.

Burning lips: See your doctors for singe tests... It can be another type of herpes, a fungus or something more serious like a vitamin B12 deficiency or other conditions. Check it out... ...Read more

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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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Single red raised-looking pimple where lip meets skin, white center. No blisters. Also having severe cold symptoms, swollen glands is this oral herpes?

Single red raised-looking pimple where lip meets skin, white center. No blisters. Also having severe cold symptoms, swollen glands is this oral herpes?

Probably: oral herpes simplex is the most common virus to inhabit the mucosal region of the oral cavity. It most frequently lies dormant submucosally until a viral infection reduces the host immune local response and allows the virus to flare up. It appears in the form of a cold sore with possible swollen glands and a small pimple like lesion that eventually ulcerates. Then becomes dormant. ...Read more

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Is oral herpes is an s.T.I or not? If not what are other causes?

Is oral herpes is an s.T.I or not? If not what are other causes?

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 more

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How common is oral herpes?

How common is oral herpes?

Very: At least 50% of the population shows evidence of previous infection on blood testing for immune response. Most people catch it before age 20. Some people never have any outbreaks and are surprised to find out they have blood evidence of the virus. ...Read more

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Can you descripe oral herpes?

Itchy blisters: Localized clustered itchy blisters on a background of red skin. ...Read more

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Can oral herpes to get worse?

Can oral herpes to get worse?

Yes: You need to conrol your onset and outbreaks with oral medication. The medication is very expensive if you do not have medical/drug insurance coverage. The herpes virus remains latent inside of your nerve tract until it becomes active by stress, hormonal changes and etc. ...Read more

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What are signs of oral herpes?

Herpes Simplex: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It breaks open ; releases fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex type 1 virus. ...Read more

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Is oral herpes always detectable?

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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How do I know if I have oral herpes?

How do I know if I have oral herpes?

See physician.: See your physician and tell him your concern. A simple test is done to determine if you do indeed have this virus. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have oral herpes?

How can I tell if I have oral herpes?

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 more

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Oral herpes - how many people have it?

A lot: No one knows for sure, but every person you have ever seen with a cold sore on their lips has it. It has been estimated that the percentage of people with hsv 1 antibodies is around 80%. ...Read more

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How would I know if I have oral herpes?

How would I know if I have oral herpes?

Herpes answer: You can get a culture grown off of a mouth sore in order to confirm diagnosis. Some sores are herpes caused...Most are not...They are canker sores which are nonspecific sores caused by some sort of trigger i.e. Acidic food, stress, etc. Herpetic sores are usually over bone not in lips or cheek area. Ask your dentist for a more definitive answer. He/she can look at your in person. ...Read more

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Is it likely for oral herpes to go away?

Is it likely for oral herpes to go away?

Yes: Mouth herpes usually go away after about 2 weeks. However, for some individuals, it may recur when the body is under much stress and persist again for 12-14 days. There is medication available that will reduce the duration of the outbreak check with your dentist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me much about oral herpes..?

Oral Herpes: A cold sore is a lesion w blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It is teaming w herpes simplex virus. These are most often associated w herpes simplex virus1. The lesions are often found on lips, skin around mouth, nose, chin, mouth, cheeks, ; even eye. Cold sores usually resolve in seven to ten days when no intervention is used. ...Read more

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How would you know if someone has oral herpes?

How would you know if someone has oral herpes?

Depends: Either a blood test, or you'll see the get the same sore in the same spot, just a few days after getting tingling there. ...Read more

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What is oral herpes and how is it transmitted?

What is oral herpes and how is it transmitted?

Oral Herpes: Herpes simplex is a virus which is transmitted from human to human by direct intimate contact. It produces crops of little blisters which then break down into shallow painful and tender ulcers. Once you have the virus it remains in your body for a lifetime but may never produce symptoms. Oral infection can be transmitted to the genitals by oral sex. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of passing on oral herpes?

Fairly High But,: Most people have been exposed to oral herpes and have their first outbreak when very young. Many people live most their lives without ever having outbreaks of "cold sores". Oral herpes tends to be more of an anoyance for most with the virus though some require treatment withs meds at some point. If you have frequent outbreaks, your dentist or md can prescribe meds to help prevent/treat outbreaks. ...Read more

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Why have my oral herpes lasted for several months?

Why have my oral herpes lasted for several months?

Referral needed?: Talk to your doctor since your question is important and will be influenced by what your doctor has already tried to treat you with. Possible reasons includes: 1. It's not herpes, but rather a different diagnosis that looks like herpes 2. Viral resistance 3. Inadequate dose or duration of therapy 4.Underlying second diagnosis of an immunodeficiency. ...Read more

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Hsv (Definition)

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