Can cold sores be spread to the genital area? Is it possible for someone with cold sores to cause genital herpes in another person?

Yes ! If your "cold sores" are the herpes virus, then they are very contagious. They are spread by contact. Yes you certainly can cause them in oral and genital areas. Additionally, you can spread them to your eyes. Once you have them, they are forever. Treatment of symptoms include oral and topical medications. See your doctor for these.
Yes, . Yes, it is possible. Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. Most people become infected as an infant or small child when kissed or by sharing eating utensils with an adult who has the virus. 20% of the cases of genital herpes are also caused by hsv-1 thought to be infections from oral-genital contact. The virus is most contagious when someone has a cold sore, but can still be passed along by someone who does not. Many people do not even know that they are infected because the virus can "hide out" in the nerve cells for very long periods of time - for some people it hides out forever and they never get a cold sore. For others, the virus can "wake up" at any time and that's when a cold sore happens. No one knows exactly what causes a cold sore to appear - sometimes stress, illness, fevers, colds, sunlight, cold weather, menstruation, certain foods, allergies, you name it! they usually last 7-10 days and are more of an annoyance than a danger unless you have a weakened immune system or contract a bacterial infection on top of the cold sore. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry.

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Can herpes that causes innocent oral fever blisters & cold sores be sexually transited to someone else as genital herpes?

Herpes - HSV1 & HSV2. Yes - unfortunately there can be cross over between the 2 different types of herpes. These viruses are always adapting and looking for 'new opportunities' and although traditionally, HSV-1 kept to the mouth/nose and HSV-2 kept to the genital tract, there can be 'back and forth' transmission of these viruses in susceptible patients. This is a reminder to keep ALL safe sex practices in mind! Read more...

Will genital herpes be spread to somebody with cold sores?

Herpes Transmission. Herpes simplex virus (hsv) has two types: type i generally infects the mouth and produces "fever blisters". Type ii more commonly is genital. However, performing or receiving oral sex with someone infected with hsv i or ii can result in infection. There are blood tests that can quickly determine if you've been infected with either strain. Antivirals help to reduce shedding and infection. Read more...

I learned cold sores are caused by herpes. Is it the same forms as genital herpes?

Can be type 1 or 2. 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...
Kinda. Cold sores & genital herpes are generally from different forms of the virus, but you can find either virus type in the mouth or on the genitals. Usually type 1 is oral and type 2 is genital, but if you use a slight bit of imagination, i'm sure you can figure out how a genital lesion could be transmitted to the mouth and vice verse. Read more...
Usually, H. Simplex. Type 1 causes infection in the oral cavity and type 2 in the genital area. Oro-genital contact can spread them to the opposite area. The viruses are closely related but not the same. Read more...

Can lip picking if you have no cold sores and wiping down there after peeing cause genital herpes?

No. Although there is often herpes virus in the mouth without lesions, there just isnt that much carried down there that way. It needs to be direct contact. Read more...

Does the same virus that causes genital herpes cause cold sores?

Yes. Herpes viruses come in two flavors- HSV i and HSV ii. Either virus can occur on the lips or in the genitalia. Read more...
No. No, not typically. The virus that causes genital herpes is usually herpes simplex virus type ii while the virus that causes cold sores is usually herpes simplex virus type i. I say usually because it is possible that the virus goes from the mouth to the genital area and vice versa with contact with an active lesion. Read more...
No. In general, the virus that causes cold sores is hsv-1. The virus that cause genital herpes is hsv-2. Both viruses are part of the same herpes family but are classified as different "sub-types", meaning we can distinguish between them in a lab. Either subtype can cause cold sores or genital herpes, but in general, hsv-1 causes cold sores and hsv-2 causes genital herpes. Read more...
Yes. Oral herpes (cold sores) and genital herpes are both caused by herpes simplex virus. Oral infections are usually caused by the type 1 virus strain, and genital infections by the type 2 strain. However, these are equal opportunity viruses so the usually oral type 1 strain can cause herpes in the genital location, and the usually type 2 genital strain can cause oral herpes. Read more...
Yes and no. They are closely related but you can't get genital herpes from an oral sore under normal circumstances. Read more...
Herpes Transmission. Herpes simplex virus (hsv) has two types: type i generally infects the mouth and produces "fever blisters". Type ii more commonly is genital. However, performing oral sex on someone infected with hsv i or ii can result in oral herpes. There are blood tests that can quickly determine if you've been infected with either strain. Antivirals help to reduce shedding and infection. Read more...

Do cold sores on the mouth also cause genital herpes?

Possible. Cold sore is cause by hsv i while genital herpes is usually caused by hsv ii. Could a cold sore cause genital herpes? It would be possible if the sore is actively shedding virus during oral sex. With cold sore, avoid contact until the lesion is healed over. Read more...

Can lip picking with no cold sores cause genital herpes?

No. Once someone has been infected with herpes more than a few months, the virus they is not transmitted to other body areas. Even with active cold sores, herpes is never transmitted to a person's own genital area. Don't worry about it. Read more...