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How can someone know if they are shedding if they only get cold sores not very.Often. And my test came back i had 1 and 2?

How can someone know if they are shedding if they only get cold sores not very.Often. And my test came back i had 1 and 2?

HSV : It is well known that persons can shed the hsv virus when there are no signs of infection. Therefore, there is no way of knowing when one is shedding the virus, which can be contagious to others. ...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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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I don't test positive for herpes but I have always gotten cold sores since i was little, why? Maybe once every other, sometimes not for several years.

I don't test positive for herpes but I have always gotten cold sores since i was little, why? Maybe once every other, sometimes not for several years.

Herpes simplex: Do not know what you mean when you say you do not test positive for herpes. Antibody testing? Viral culture of the cold sores? Staining of scrapings of the base of the sores? Difficult to know what these are without an exam, but they are more likely to be random recurrences of herpes as you describe them. ...Read more

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My boyfriend always gets cold sores below his lip, I did a herpes test and I don't have it, are cold sores always caused by herpes? If not, what?

My boyfriend always gets cold sores below his lip, I did a herpes test and I don't have it, are cold sores always caused by herpes? If not, what?

Oral herpes: From this description, probaby your bf has oral herpes (cold sores). It is always caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1). But it it's not so easily transmitted; most partners don't catch it. With your negative blood test, he shouldn't kiss or perform oral sex on you during an outbreak. Transmission might still occur, but not likely; and easily treated if it happens and you start Rx early ...Read more

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How accurate is a blood test for determining if you have cold sores?

How accurate is a blood test for determining if you have cold sores?

Generally not needed: Cold sore can generally be diagnosed clinically, without need for blood test, especially if you have cold sore before. Blood test only tells if you have had infection with HSV 1, not if a given sore is due to HSV. ...Read more

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I have had some cold sores appear right under my belly button, what can be the cause of this? They are various cold sores letting out liquid and blood

May be Herpes Simple: You should have it checked, it may be herpes simplex or it could be a bacterial skin infection or an allergic reaction to an insect bite. Meanwhile do not try to squeeze or puncture these cold sores as they may spread. The doctor might take a culture from the the liquid coming out of the sores and treat you with antibiotics if indicated. ...Read more

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Hi doctor my doctor just called me Friday and told me I have herpes not genital herpes he said the one that give me cold sores.. is the test always a?

Yes: There are two distinct viruses of the Herpes family. Herpes Simplex Type 1 and Type 2. When I was in medical school the teaching was that one was above the belt and one was below the belt. With more oral sexual activity that rule no longer applies. The test is quite accurate and the treatment is the same. The rule is know your partner! ...Read more

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Is it recommended to take HSV igm and igg 7 mths after exposure to genital herpes? Have had cold sores before. Will test be useful at all??

Herpes: If you had cold sores, then the IGM test is useless. The IGG test is what you need to do to confirm it. HSV 2, genital herpes will only be positive if there is initial or acute infection (questionable with repeat) but otherwise if you're chronically infection, the IGG test is to be used. No need to do IGM 7 months later. The IGG test is to be done to confirm the presence of it. ...Read more

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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

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I have test positive for HSV 1 but I have not any symptoms. I have been having dry spots on my penis that I am not sure is my first outbreak. I know that HSV 1 usually cause moutb cold sores but since I have not had any I am curious if I may have genital

I have test positive for HSV 1 but I have not any symptoms. I have been having dry spots on my penis that I am not sure is my first outbreak. I know that HSV 1 usually cause moutb cold sores but since I have not had any I am curious if I may have genital

Maybe : We know now that 1 in 5 Americans have the HSV 1 and/or 2 virus.The vast majority of them don't even know that they have it.The slide used in lectures is of an ice berg with the portion above the water being those who have had outbreaks.Unfortunately both types 1and2 can be either oral or genital and the only way to know where u have the virus is by having an outbreak.The best advice is to b safe ...Read more

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I've had cold sores in the past, does that mean I have oral herpes? I've had STD testing before and it's neg is there a different test for herpes?

Herpes, cold sores: Cold sores and oral herpes are the same thing, just different names. Standard STD testing usually doesn't include tests for herpes, but you might have been tested. Oral herpes is almost always caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), but genital herpes usually is type 2 (HSV2). You'll need to ask your doctor to clarify exactly what tests you had. ...Read more

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Belly Button (Definition)

The belly button is the remnants of the umbilical cord. It is a central scar that forms in the location of the base of the umbilical cord, once ...Read more