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What Symptoms Are Associated With Cold Sores
Just at ulcer site: Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by recurrent oral herpes virus. They start as a slightly raised reddish area, with a bit of numbness & tingling there. Then comes a cluster of tiny blisters, which break open soon, with some pain; leaving a sore (ulcer) to heal up over a week. Sores appear more often when one is under stress or is ill from another illness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Burning and pain: A cold sore is caused by a common virus-herpes simplex. They begin as a burning sensation in the lip area and this is followed by the formation of a blister. The blister ruptures and leaves a painful ulceration that then crusts over and heals within 10-14 days. There are some topical agents that can speed healing or abort the formation of the blister if caught early. ...Read more
Painful blisters: Cold sores are painful blisters on or near the lips, cause by a herpes virus. They can come and go, since the body never completely gets rid of the virus. For many people with cold sores, topical over the counter treatments for pain relief are enough. If not, topical or oral antiviral medications can help if started soon after the cold sore first appears. ...Read more
Small dark reddish patch on bottom lip with a little cut with no other symptoms. Never had cold sores before, so what is it ? Suddenly appeared too.
Hours: Oral herpes can come about at anytime if you've been exposed to the virus. Typically the virus lies dormant until a stressful event. When these events occur the first signs are tingling and changes in the skin. Sometimes you'll see white nodules start to develop. The faster you get treatment the better chances the virus can be halted and the faster the healing can begin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I only get cold sores not often once a year and was told I have HSV 2 no symptoms ever. What does this mean can I still pass it easy to someone else?
HSV-1 vs. HSV-2: Most of the general population has hsv-1 which causes cold sores. Hsv-2 is the virus that causes genital herpes, and you may just be lucky in that you have no sores and/or physical symptoms. You may be a "carrier" without active symptoms. You may still transmit the disease, so you need to practice safe sex. Hope this helps. ...Read more
If I was diagnosed with hsv1 should my boyfriend get tested too?
We haven't had sex but we wanted to & now I'm afraid to even kiss him or someone else.
I've never had cold sores or any symptoms
Is it still OK to perform oral sex to my boyfriend?
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Probably safe: Just a positive blood test for HSV1, right? Without any symptoms of oral or genital herpess? If so, there is little risk to your partner. 20-50% of adults in the US have postive HSV1 tests and most part don't transmit the virus to anyone. If you ever have a possible outbreak (an otherwise unexplained oral or genital sore), don't expose your partner at that time. Otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more
My husband has hsv1 with no symptoms of cold sores , can I still get genital herpes from this through oral sex?
Misinformed?: There are two separate herpes viruses. One cannot transmit a virus they do not have. 75% of adults have hsv 1 already. We now understand that 90% of those do not have outbreaks. But, viral shedding does occur and contagiousness is common even without an outbreak. Hsv 2, the 'genital' herpes, is found in 25% of humans. ...Read more
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