I have a big coldsore on my lip and someone told me it was due to herpes simplex. What exactly is herpes simplex and how can you get it?

Common virus. Herpes simplex is a common virus that can be transmitted from on area to another by contact. A large percentage of the population has the virus with outbreaks from time to time, and if present can also be transmitted to the genitals. Good hand washing is essential to avoid transmission.
HSV1. Cold sores are from Herpes simplex virus type 1. Genital herpes is comes from Herpes simplex type 2. You get it from skin to skin contact, most likely from kissing. Most people have been exposed to HSV1 by adult hood.

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Cold sores, likely herpes simplex 1, on my lip. Please help with any ideas.?

Eat Yogurt. Herpes simplex virus is when you get little cold sores on the outside of your mouth or the tip of your nose. Try not to touch the cold sore, you could spred it to other parts of your face or eyes. Steep a tea bag then cool it- apply to cold sore to releive pain. Lysine, 3, 000 milligrams daily until the sore goes away. Or eat yogurt which is rich in lysine. You can buy lip clear which has lysine. Read more...

Could you give an easy, home remedy for the mouth/coldsore- herpes simplex please?

Your dr can. Prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. Read more...
Treating Herpes. Treating herpes has become routine and simple in american medicine. There are three common oral herpes medications that are generally very effective. I often use the generics as a first line approach. Your family physician can get this prescribed for you for acute outbreaks or for suppression of outbreaks if these happen frequently. Read more...