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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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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 do doctors tell a difference between a cold sore and a herpes blister?

How do doctors tell a difference between a cold sore and a herpes blister?

They are the same!: You can look at the pictures posted her about the variuos forms of herpes I and ii as well as other on-line searches and compare what you have but the only way to be sure is to have a professional evaluated it. Both hsv I & ii sores will look different at different phases in the sore from onset to resolution & a professional will know all the possible appreances. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a kanker sore, a cold sore and lip herpes?

Differences are:: A canker sore is on the mucosa of the month (i.e. Inside the cheeks) and is also known as an aphthous ulcer. A cold sore and lip herpes are the same thing, an oral herpes virus infection. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a herpes sore and a cold sore on your lip?

Is there a difference between a herpes sore and a cold sore on your lip?

Yes: One is cause by the herpetic virus and I know of no cure. The appearance can be similar and only sure way to tell would be to do a medical culture lab test.

Generally a cold sore wil be by itself and generally herpes presents with more than one lesion. ...Read more

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A cold sore is a single bump on your lip and a herpes blister are two totally different things right? Can a herpes 1 test tell the difference?

A cold sore is a single bump on your lip and a herpes blister are two totally different things right? Can a herpes 1 test tell the difference?

Not different and No: A regular cold sore on the lip is a regular herpes blister or herpes outbreak. They are the same thing. They are quite common in the world's population, and are usually caused by herpes type 1 virus (testing a cold sore for herpes type 1 is not necessary). ...Read more

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What's the difference to a pimple and herpes on your genitals? I have a whitehead down there but I also have a cold sore, do I have genital herpes?

What's the difference to a pimple and herpes on your genitals? I have a whitehead down there but I also have a cold sore, do I have genital herpes?

Could be either.: Genital herpes typically consists of one or more painful group (s) of blisters on a red base. Sometimes the blisters look like "whiteheads". The only way to know for sure is to have a culture done by your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How is a cold sore and herpes different?

How is a cold sore and herpes different?

Same: If you mean a "fever blister" or "cold sore" that you get on your lip, then these are caused by the herpes virus (usually herpes simplex virus, type 1, or hsv-1). This is related to the herpes virus that is typically associated with genital herpes (hsv-ii). ...Read more

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If u share salsa and chips with someone who had a cold sore and herpes, can u get the virus?

Herpes Simplex: The american academy of dermatology explains that oral herpes, or herpes simplex virus 1, is typically contracted early on in childhood from relatives who have become infected with the virus. Oral herpes is commonly spread from family members to their children through the sharing of food. Herpes can also spread through the sharing of utensils or drinking glasses. ...Read more

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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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Is a cold sore a form of herpes?

Is a cold sore a form of herpes?

Yes: Herpes simplex virus is a common cause of cold sores. Realize that there are several "varieties" of herpes viruses. The kind that cause cold sores are very common. They are contagious, so avoid kissing/intimate contact, sharing cups or utensils while you have one. ...Read more

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What's to be done about cold sore herpes?

Some options: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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How to know if I have herpes or a cold sore?

How to know if I have herpes or a cold sore?

Accurate diagnosis: Can be made with a lab test. A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It is filled with fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex virus. ...Read more

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What's a cold sore? Is it bad? Is it herpes 1?

Herpes: A cold sore is an infection, usually with herpes type one, or "herpes simplex" 75% of us have this virus. It is a permanent infection that cannot be cured. Mist people get this infection as children from a family member. ...Read more

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How can you tell if this is a cold sore or herpes?

Both: Cold sores around the mouth are very common, exacerbated often in sunlight, and are caused by the herpes virus. ...Read more

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How do you know you have herpes and not cold sore?

Cold sores: Are caused by herpes simplex virus. If you have a cold sore or a fever blister you have herpes. ...Read more

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I have to have herpes to get a cold sore? What do I do?

Herpes Simplex: Viruses cause cold sores. Your dr can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation wlysine 1, 000mg orally 3 times a day at onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more

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Could a cold sore or herpes be contracted from objects?

Yes: If you share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss someone with a cold sore and you were not previously exposed ot the herpes simplex type 1 virus, you can become infected. You may or may not develop cold sores in the situation - depending on your immune system. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract herpes when you touch a cold sore?

Possibly: 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. If you have not been exposed to the hsv-1 before it is a possibility. ...Read more

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How likely is giving my girlfriend herpes through a cold sore?

Herpes transmission: Pretty good chance. The active lesions, particularly early on, are filled with virus in the tissue fluids, and any area coming in contact with the cold sore (fingers, eyes, lips, genitals, etc) is at risk. Best to be careful. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from someone who doesn't have herpes or a cold sore?

Herpes: You cannot get herpes from someone who has never had herpes. That being said, you can get it from someone who has contracted the virus but does not have active lesions or cold sores. The virus may still shed even under those conditions. ...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