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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

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


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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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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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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: Probaby your bf has oral herpes (cold sores). It is always caused by herpes simplex virus, usually type 1 (HSV1). Herpes isn't so easily transmitted; many partners don't catch it. But play it safe: if you have neg HSV1 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 start Rx early. ...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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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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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?

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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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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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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Blood test positive for herpes type 1. Doc says it's because I had chickenpox. No cold sores- no vaginal blisters. Have vaginal fissures and itching.

Blood test positive for herpes type 1. Doc says it's because I had chickenpox. No cold sores- no vaginal blisters. Have vaginal fissures and itching.

Not true: Varicella (chicken pox) is in the herpesvirus family, but it is not herpes simplex virus type one. Two different viruses. You have to test for varicella-zoster virus to check for immunity to chicken pox. ...Read more

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Should I take igm & igg blood test for Hsv if exposed to g herpes but no outbreak, have other symptoms, and had mouth cold sores in the past. Advice?

Should I take igm & igg blood test for Hsv if exposed to g herpes but no outbreak, have other symptoms, and had mouth cold sores in the past. Advice?

Depends: If the exposure is within a couple of weeks, IgM would be the test to get. On the other hand, there is no harm if getting IgG which would indicate exposure months or years ago. Unfortunately an infected person, even in the absence of symptoms, may infect other people. Until this situation has been settled, insist on condom use. ...Read more

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Already had HSV1 MOUTH. Have had TWO cold sores on penis since January. Herpeselect test negative for HSV2 at 2.5 months, and again after 5 months. Igg. 22 and. 54. Can HSV1 migrate to groin?

Herpes "migration"?: Herpes doesn't spontaneously migrate. However HSV 1 can cause genital herpes just as easily as HSV 2. Just requires exposure. Touching ur cold sore and then touching your groin could cause this. As could kissing your partner, giving him/her oral herpes, and then him/her performing oral sex on you. Or, performing oral sex on your partner. .. & so on. C ur doc for proper diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Is a HSV igm & igg blood test helpful after g herpes exposure 6+months ago? No genital outbreak, other symptoms, but have had mouth cold sores before.

Probably yes: The HSV IgG tests are excellent, and a negative result for HSV2 6+ months after exposure shows you were not infected. The HSV1 result should have been positive if your diagnosis of past cold sores is correct, but once in a while the test misses HSV1 (but rarely HSV2). The IgM result doesn't help one way or the other -- it's inherently unreliable anyway, never done by herpes or STD experts. ...Read more

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Do cold sores itch?

Do cold sores itch?

They can: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril & sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain & itching. ...Read more

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What are cold sores?

What are cold sores?

A lip ulceration: "cold sores" are a laymen's term for herpes labialis. This is a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1. An alternative name for the condition is a "fever blister". It is often painful, but not always, may become crusty and is contagious. The condition usually resolves within two weeks but may reside as a life-long virus. Prompt topical and oral treatment may prevent eruption. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

What causes cold sores?

Virus reactivation: Cold sores are caused by reactivation of a latent ("sleeping") virus in the nerves that supply sensation to the inside of the mouth. This is a "herpes" virus, but is most often not the same virus as the one that causes genital herpes. After contracting the virus from someone else's oral cavity, the virus can be reactivated by various triggers, including a common cold or other stressors. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

Herpes simplex: Real cold sores, which usually occur on the edge of the lips, are caused by herpes simplex virus. This is contagious by touch, and that is touching anywhere. So if you have active cold sores, you need to practice good handwashing anytime you might have touched the sore. Unfortunately, you can also spread them when you don't even have an active sore, in your saliva. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

Herpes simplex virus: Oral herpes, occurs with symptoms of cold sores or fever blisters, is an infection of the mouth and cause by herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2. After initial infection, the viruses are transported to the sensory nerve cell bodies, where they become latent and reside lifelong. Upon trigger, these virus then multiplies new virus particles, transport, and releases to the nerve terminal. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores?

HSV1: 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).
An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...Read more

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How do cold sores accur?

Virus: Two kinds of these are common, and both caused by virus. Least worrisome, is the aphthous ulcer. Occurs on the soft tissues of the mouth -- inside lips, cheeks, under tongue. The worse one is herpes.The first time you get it, it can be anywhere in the mouth and outside the mouth. After that, in the mouth, it will only be on tight tissues -- roof of mouth, and right along gum line around teeth. ...Read more

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Can sex cause cold sores?

Can sex cause cold sores?

Yes - oral sex: One of the most common sexually transmitted diseases situations that can occur is the transmission of herpes related cold sores to the genital area. ...Read more

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How to remove cold sores?

Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. ...Read more

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Do cold sores usually hurt?

Do cold sores usually hurt?

Yes: Cold sites hurt due to the damage caused by the viral outbreak. The initial tingly stage, called a prodrome, progresses to a vesicular, or blistering, outbreak which is quite painful. Once the vesicles burst, the lesion scabs and generally is no longer painful. Total time 7-14 days. ...Read more

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How long do cold sores last?

How long?: Cold sores usually resolve in seven to ten days when no intervention is used. ...Read more

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How long can cold sores last?

2 weeks: Cold sores usually last about 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How dangerous are cold sores?

THEY ARE NOT: Dangerous at all, very annoying though depending on location. ...Read more

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How can I cure my cold sores?

How can I cure my cold sores?

See a dentist: Treatment of sores in the mouth can vary dramatically depending on the cause of the sore. So it's wise to see a dentist or physician to diagnose and suggest an appropriate treatment. Cold sores can be controlled, but not cured. Until you can see the dentist/physician, keep the area clean with warm water rinses. If eating/drinking is painful, try bland foods. ...Read more

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Do cold sores always surface?

Yes: A cold sore is described as being visible so if it is a cold sore, it surfaces. ...Read more

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How to remove cold sores fast?

How to remove cold sores fast?

Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. ...Read more

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