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What is the difference of cold sores and genital herpes appearance?

What is the difference of cold sores and genital herpes appearance?

Genital lesions...: ...Tend to be somewhat larger; other than that, the "dew drops on a rose petal" appearance is the same. ...Read more

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What is the difference between genital herpes and oral cold sores?

What is the difference between genital herpes and oral cold sores?

Primarily location: Herpes simplex virus caises both oral lesions and genital lesions. Type 1 is usually found on the lips or mouth and type 2 in the genital region...But not always, as oral sex can cause either to be transmittedto the other area. ...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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Could I have genital herpes from cold sores?

In a word, yes: Most associate type 1 with lesions near the lips and type 2 with genital lesions. However, either type can be found at both locations. Transfer of the germ to a specific site is an active process and germs can be shedding from a site with no visible sores. ...Read more

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Can a person's cold sores lead to genital herpes?

Can a person's cold sores lead to genital herpes?

Yes: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. Genital herpes is usually caused byhsv type 2. However, type 1 can be passed from a cold sore to the genital area through oral- genital sex. Type 1 genital infections are usually less severe than type 2 but are treated the same way. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes from cold sores?

That is possible.: Sometimes herpes type i infection can be spread to genitals. ...Read more

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Will genital herpes be spread to somebody with cold sores?

Will genital herpes be spread to somebody with cold sores?

Herpes Transmission: Herpes simplex virus (hsv) has two types: type i generally infects the mouth and produces "fever blisters". Type ii more commonly is genital. However, performing or receiving oral sex with someone infected with hsv i or ii can result in infection. There are blood tests that can quickly determine if you've been infected with either strain. Antivirals help to reduce shedding and infection. ...Read more

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Can you contract genital herpes from cold sores by touching them?

Not Usually But: Oral herpes is a common infection of the mouth area. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1). There are two types of hsv, termed hsv-1 and hsv-2. See links for more information: 1) http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/oral_herpes/article_em.Htm 2) http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000606.Htm. ...Read more

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Supposing I have cold sores(herpes 1, ), can I get genital herpes?

Supposing I have cold sores(herpes 1, ), can I get genital herpes?

Yes: Having hsv-1 does not confer any protection from getting hsv-2. Always practice safe sex and use protection whenever you can (condoms). ...Read more

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If you have cold sores does that mean you have same as genital herpes?

If you have cold sores does that mean you have same as genital herpes?

Not necessarily: Herpes simplex virus 1 hangs out in the trigeminal ganglion (near the ear). Outbreaks "usually" occur-mouth/face. Hsv 2 usually locates itself in the sacral ganglion (at lower spine). Outbreaks "usually" occur-genital area. The difference is "not always absolute"-either can reside in either or both parts of the body & infect orally/genitally. Viral culture, blood test, PCR can diagnose herpes type. ...Read more

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I learned cold sores are caused by herpes. Is it the same forms as genital herpes?

I learned cold sores are caused by herpes.  Is it the same forms as genital herpes?

Can be type 1 or 2: Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes type 1 or 2. Herpes viruses, after the initial infection, live in a person's nerves and travel down the nerves to the surface to form blisters that break open, spreading more virus. Type 1 is more common on the lips, and type 2 more common on the genitals. With people engaging in oral sex, either type can be in one or both locations. ...Read more

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What happens if I didn't give my boyfriend cold sores, can I give him genital herpes?

Herpes: On thing has nothing to do with the other. If you have a history of oral or genital herpes and if you have unprotected oral or vaginal intercourse you can give your boyfriend herpes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i get cold sores, can I give someone genital herpes by giving oral?

Yes: It would be more likely if you were in the early part of a break out, but possible. ...Read more

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What is the probability of me getting genital herpes when my boyfriend has cold sores?

Chance is small.: Herpes virus causing oral lesions is unlikely causing genital. In a small chance that it does, it would cause a much milder lesion/symptom. ...Read more

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If I have cold sores, does it mean that i will have herpes/ genital herpes in the future?

No: Be sure to employ good hand washing after touching the cold sore. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus, but you can have it orally and not genitally. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if we both get cold sores, is it possible to give each other genital herpes?

Can you tell me if we both get cold sores, is it possible to give each other genital herpes?

Yes: If you have an active cold sore from the herpes viurs, and have oral sex, spread of the virus to the genital area can occur. ...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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more