19 doctors weighed in:
Why are people so negative about herpes if they are just cold sores?
19 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
13 doctors agree
In brief: Cold sores/herpes
Herpes viruses are characterized by the fact that they never go away once infected: they merely "hide out" until a trigger (stress, bright sunlight, infection, etc) causes them to re-emerge.
People don't like cold sore because they are painful & unsightly & can be easily transmitted to others. Meds can suppress the virus but never cure the infection.

In brief: Cold sores/herpes
Herpes viruses are characterized by the fact that they never go away once infected: they merely "hide out" until a trigger (stress, bright sunlight, infection, etc) causes them to re-emerge.
People don't like cold sore because they are painful & unsightly & can be easily transmitted to others. Meds can suppress the virus but never cure the infection.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Because of lack of education and misconception.all they hear is ."Herpes".to their minds this really is bad
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Because all they know about "Herpes" is the sexually transmitted type. They are shocked when you tell them they have fever blisters caused by Herpes!
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Viral and infectious
Cold sores are viral illnesses and can be transmitted.
Herpes is only one type of a virus. You have to be careful because you can transmit this cold sore regardless if it's herpes or not.

In brief: Viral and infectious
Cold sores are viral illnesses and can be transmitted.
Herpes is only one type of a virus. You have to be careful because you can transmit this cold sore regardless if it's herpes or not.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
In brief: Same thing
Cold sores are herpes lesions.
But herpes (usually type 2) can occur in the groin and anal areas. Herpes is not curable - it is lifelong. But it can be suppressed. However, people should not feel like this will take over their life or marginalize those with it.

In brief: Same thing
Cold sores are herpes lesions.
But herpes (usually type 2) can occur in the groin and anal areas. Herpes is not curable - it is lifelong. But it can be suppressed. However, people should not feel like this will take over their life or marginalize those with it.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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