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If i. Had cold sores as a child does that mean I have hsv-1 for life?

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Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

Hsv-1 remains in your body once you get it once, however it becomes dormant - it goes to sleep - in one of your spinal nerves.
Sometimes, the virus can become reactivated, and cause more cold sores, but other times it remains dormant for life.

In brief: Yes

Hsv-1 remains in your body once you get it once, however it becomes dormant - it goes to sleep - in one of your spinal nerves.
Sometimes, the virus can become reactivated, and cause more cold sores, but other times it remains dormant for life.
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Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry

In brief: Stays in your system

It does stay in your system after the first infection, but depending on the strength of your immune system may or may not reappear again.
Some people get them repeatedly, some occasionally, and some lucky folks, never again. For those affected more frequently, they might want to consider lysine supplements.

In brief: Stays in your system

It does stay in your system after the first infection, but depending on the strength of your immune system may or may not reappear again.
Some people get them repeatedly, some occasionally, and some lucky folks, never again. For those affected more frequently, they might want to consider lysine supplements.
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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Yes.

In brief: Yes

Yes.
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