What can I do about the coldsores (herpes simplex) I get once in awhile?

Sunscreen. The best prevention of herpes simplex labialis (type i) of the perioral area is routine use of a broad spectrum sunscreen. If the episodes are severe and frequent, consult with your physician regarding the administration of a systemic antiviral drug (acyclovir, valacyclovir).

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Supposing I have herpes simplex type I in my bloodstream, will my wife still get cold sores from oral sex?

Herpes is found in.. The skin and the innervating nerves where it lives. If you have genital herpes-yes. But she may have gotten or get herpes 1 from kissing! talk with your doctor! Read more...
Herpes. 75% of americans have herpes type one. Most got this virus when they were children. 90% of people infected do not get outbreaks and only know they are infected and thus contagious with a blood test. You are contagious at the site you got herpes not everywhere. Your contagiousness is unpredictable. I would counsel that first your wife get a blood test to see if she already has been exposed. Read more...

My mom and younger sister (no other siblings) both get cold sores (herpes simplex). I have never had one, am I at a lower risk of getting herpes?

No. It just means you haven't contracted the virus. When they have an outbreak, avoid direct contact and don't share spoons, cups, or toothbrushes. It doesn't mean you won't ever get one. But you can limit your risks. Read more...
Yes. If you are 31 Y.O. And have never gotten it, as long as you do not come in close contact with the active lesions of your mom and sister, you are ok. Read more...

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?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...