Can herpes simplex virus contribute to alzheimer's later in life?

Maybe. There is some evidence that herpes simplex viruses inside brain and nerve cells can create the type of damage seen with alzheimer patients, if the patients have particular genes that make them vulnerable to the effects of the herpes viruses. If more research shows this to be true, then treatment or prevention of herpes simplex viruses can become a way to prevent alzheimer dementia.

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How can the herpes simplex virus develop when neither partner has the virus?

Kissing. One of the ways the herpes simplex virus can develop outside of a sexual relationship is through kissing and passage of oral herpes (hsv-1). Many families, friends and cultures still greet each other with a kiss! Read more...

What type of herpes simplex virus causes cold sores?

Type 1 more common. 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...
Hsv-1. Usually. Fever blisters are usually caused by hsv-1, but they can be caused by hsv-2. Read more...

Could you die from herpes labialis which is caused by the herpes simplex virus.?

In general. In an immunocompetent host (a person with a healthy immune system), a herpes simplex infection is not accepted as a disease process that causes significant mortality (deaths) or morbidity (health related hardships). Read more...

Cold sore = herpes simplex virus 1?

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...