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What are the symptoms of oral herpes simplex?

What are the symptoms of oral herpes simplex?

Cold sores: Cold sores/fever blisters are the usual symptom of oral herpes. Primary infection may be associated with fever, more pain and redness around the vesicles. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & ...Read more


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How do I deal with oral herpes simplex?

How do I deal with oral herpes simplex?

Oral medicine: If it severe and repeated, you doctor would prescribe oral medicines like valtrex, (valacyclovir) acyclovir, etc. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for oral herpes simplex?

What is the treatment for oral herpes simplex?

Acyclovir: While there are many treatments, using Acyclovir is one of the most commonly used for herpetic stomatitis -- and it does not matter if it is herpes type i or ii. Other remedies are also employed, but are not nearly as effective or frequently used. It often takes high doses (800 mg) 4-5 times per day for several days to treat. ...Read more

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Can you pass oral herpes simplex 1 even without having a outbreak?

Can you pass oral herpes simplex 1 even without having a outbreak?

Yes: While is much more common to occur with symptomatic lesions, it can occur with no visible symptoms or lesions as well. However it is much less likely. ...Read more

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Oral herpes simplex virus: does carmex work?

Oral herpes simplex virus: does carmex work?

Not really: You really need an antiviral cream or oral medication to be most effective. Over the counter abreva is better than carmex. ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes simplex 2 from someone with oral herpes simplex 1?

No: But you can get herpes simplex 1 in the genital area. Most adults are already positive for hsv1. If you already have it, you will get nothing. A blood test can tell you if you need to worry. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes simplex 2 from someone who has oral herpes simplex 1?

Is it possible to contract genital herpes simplex 2 from someone who has oral herpes simplex 1?

No, but,: You can get hsv1 in the gential area from someone with hsv1 or hsv2 in the oral area from someone with hsv2. They are 2 distinct forms of herpes virus though both respond well to the same medications often. ...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?

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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Can you tell me is herpes simplex 1 only oral herpes like cold sores?

Herpes Simplex 1: Is the type normally associated with cold sores. However, to a lesser frequency - cold sores can be caused by herpes simplex virus 2 and genital lesions can be caused by herpes simplex virus 1. ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes simplex virus 2 from someone who has oral herpes 1?

Can you get genital herpes simplex virus 2 from someone who has oral herpes 1?

Yes: Oral herpes simplex virus-1, can be transmitted to the genitals via fellatio or cunnilingus, just as hsv-2 can be transmitted from person's genitals to an other person's mouth. Thus you should avoid oral sex with anyone with a sore on his or her mouth. Hsv is extremely contagious even in the absence of symptoms or visible lesions. Thus beware! ...Read more

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How common is simplex one oral herpes?

Very: Exact figures are difficult to come by, but between 80 to 90% of adults have antibodies to herpes simplex, suggesting an overwhelming rate of infection. Symptomatic reactivation of this virus is also quite common with many forms of stress, and sometimes without. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is HSV 1 herpes simplex 1 dangerous? Can it kill you?

Can you tell me is HSV 1 herpes simplex 1 dangerous? Can it kill you?

Usually no.: Herpes simplex-1 is usually associated with recurrent ulcers/blisters, however in rare cases may cause a life threatening complication--herpes encephalitis.This may lead to death as diagnosis is usually very difficult to make. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between herpes simplex virus 1 and HSV 2?

Yes: Both belong to herpes group of visuses which are dna viruses.Herpes simplex 1 mostly oral in about 85% of cases while herpes simplex 2 usually genital in about 85% of cases.Herpes simplex1 is thus mostly acquired orally but herpes simplex2 through genital sex. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the reasons HSV (herpes simplex virus) infects the human body?

I was wondering what are the reasons HSV (herpes simplex virus) infects the human body?

Exposure: It's a kind of virus that can infect anyone it encounters. There is no 'reason' why; it just is that way. ...Read more

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Can menstrual blood by itself transmit HSV (herpes simplex virus)?

Can menstrual blood by itself transmit HSV (herpes simplex virus)?

Indirect: Hsv lives in nerve cells and skin/mucosa (body surfaces). The virus doesn't really live in the bloodstream and would not survive long outside the body in drops of menstrual blood. However, menstrual blood can still contain other dangerous live viruses, including HIV and hepatitis, so it is always best to avoid direct contact with anyone else's blood (menstrual or otherwise). ...Read more

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What is the difference between a herpes simplex virus (hsv) IgG and IgM test?

What is the difference between a herpes simplex virus (hsv) IgG and IgM test?

Acute vs. chronic: Igm antibodies appear after recent infection and then disappear. Igg antibodies come later and persist, indicating chronic or past infection. In the case of herpes, the IgM is not widely used, because acute herpes is typically diagnosed based on clinical appearance or culture results. A positive igg indicates the presence of herpes, which is a chronic recurring infection. ...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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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