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Hello. How common is Oral herpes ( Cold sore ) ? I know it don't go away. Is it dangerous? I have had it since childhood. I get it when its cold.

Hello. How common is Oral herpes ( Cold sore ) ? I know it don't go away. Is it dangerous? I have had it since childhood. I get it when its cold.

Herpes Type One: Herpes simplex is usually found in 75% of the humans in the Western World. It may vary by a point or two depending on the country. Most people get them from family members during childhood. ...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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My boyfriend and I have oral herpes. I had a cold sore last night barely appearing, he kissed me then performed oral sex... am I in danger of genital?

My boyfriend and I have oral herpes. I had a cold sore last night barely appearing, he kissed me then performed oral sex... am I in danger of genital?

Yes: Herpes can be transmitted to the genial area by oral sex. Since this would not be a primary out break because you already have oral herpes, the symptoms would be less severe than described for primary herpes. ...Read more

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Can you have oral herpes if you never had s cold sore?

Can you have oral herpes if you never had s cold sore?

Maybe: A cold sore is the herpes virus. But if you've never had a cold sore, it's usually a good sign that you don't have oral herpes but in some instances, you can have the virus and it never has manifested itself. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you ever get a cold sore in your life you have oral herpes for life?

Right: Almost everyone has been exposed to that virus. It resides within us all. When we have a dip in our resistance, these herpes ulcers can appear. ...Read more

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Could having a cold sore mean you have oral herpes?

Could having a cold sore mean you have oral herpes?

Yes: 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). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. ...Read more

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Can you contract oral herpes from eating food prepared by someone with a cold sore?

Can you contract oral herpes from eating food prepared by someone with a cold sore?

Absolutely not: HSV is not transmitted through food or even though shared drinking glasses, utensils, etc. If no intimate contact with someone with oral herpes (e.g. kissing, oral sex) you are not at risk -- even if you share a house, kitchen, and bathroom with that person. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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If you drink after someone with a cold sore, what are the chances of getting oral herpes?

Likely: If the person has an active visible lesion, and you shared a drink, it is very likely that you were in contact with the virus. You may already have it though. Not everyone who has the virus gets an actual outbreak as it can remain dormant. Certain trigger events, susch as trauma, a cold, extra uv light, stress, may cause an outbreak, just like it did with your friend. Stay away from outbreaks. ...Read more

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Can i get oral herpes from sharing drinking straw with infected person with no cold sore at the time?

Can i get oral herpes from sharing drinking straw with infected person with no cold sore at the time?

Risky: An infected person can shed virus that could result in transmission without having an obvious lesion. In america at lest 1 in 4 people have herpes - 90% of them do not know they have it, and 3% of them are shedding virus (they are contagious) at any one time. Better to have your own straw and not take a chance. ...Read more

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Can oral herpes be transmitted through sharing drinks and/or lipsticks, even in the person doesn't have a cold sore or active lesion?

Can oral herpes be transmitted through sharing drinks and/or lipsticks, even in the person doesn't have a cold sore or active lesion?

HSV-1: Cold sores spread from person to person by close personal contact, such as kissing. Cold sores are caused by a herpes simplex virus (hsv-1) closely related to the one that causes genital herpes (hsv-2). Both of these herpes simplex viruses can affect your mouth or your genitals, and can be spread via oral sex. The virus can be transmitted to others even during times when you have no blisters. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between a cold sore, a canker sore, and oral herpes?

I want to know what is the difference between a cold sore, a canker sore, and oral herpes?

Tough to explain in: Such a small space. Cold sore=oral herpes, both have viral etiology. Virus released from a dormant state due to stress/immune system breakdown and causes blisters. Canker sore is not of viral cause and related to trauma or immune system issues. All can hurt. Rx steroids for canker, not virus. Check w your dentist for treatment advice. ...Read more

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How long is hsv-1 (oral herpes) transferable from your finger after you touched a cold sore?

How long is hsv-1 (oral herpes) transferable from your finger after you touched a cold sore?

Misinformed?: First having a sore does not in any way represent contagiousness. That has now been fully proven to have been wrong in science. Viral shedding happens independently of sores. Second one does not transfer or transmit herpes by touching a cold sore. ...Read more

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Cold sore (oral herpes) Can you tell me if this sore on the corner of my mouth is herpes or not?

Cold sore (oral herpes) Can you tell me if this sore on the corner of my mouth is herpes or not?

HealthTap Prime: The 1st step would be to use HealthTap (HT) Prime to upload a picture or to use ur webcam so a doctor can see the sore, live & in real-time. The doc may want to discuss your risks of exposure as well as any other symptom that you may have. The doctor can also prescribe tests that may help make the diagnosis. Lastly, on HT Prime, a doctor may prescribe medication to treat b4 test results are known. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

Reduce stress: Cold sores are from a virus that is permanently in your "system" and comes out when you're stressed, lack of sleep, minor trauma, lowered resistance, etc. Once you've got one, you'll always have it. Often treated by a dentist using s soft tissue laser (without actually touching the sore) & makes them heal faster. See your md if medical issues exist. ...Read more

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If a person has oral herpes simplex virus 1 and their partner has it to, can they both be sexual active, like kissing when the cold sore heals?

If  a person has oral herpes simplex virus 1 and their partner has it to, can they both be sexual active, like kissing when the cold sore heals?

Sure...: I suppose you cann't catch a disease that you already have. Given that, if you both have hsv-1, you don't have to worry about transmitting it to your partner...It's already there. ...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 very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Hsv (Definition)

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is the virus ...Read more