Can the herpes virus spread to my lungs by licking a cold sore on my lips?

No. The kind of herpes virus that gives you a "cold sore" is almost always type I (versus type II which is the typical cause of genital herpes), and lives within your body controlled by your immune system, until there is some "stress" (like a cold) and it can come on on your lip. This may be recurrent (due to colds, sun exposure, other stressors). It typically does NOT spread, even to lungs.

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How can I make sure I don't spread herpes virus from my cold sore to my genitals?

Don't touch coldsore. The Cold sore will have the herpes virus in it; so, if you touch it then touch your genitals, you're going to pass the virus along . If you do accidentally touch the cold sore, wash you hands thoroughly before touching your genitals. Read more...

Is the cold sore virus the same as genital herpes virus?

Yes. The virus you are referring to is called herpes simplex virus (hsv). There are 2 main types: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is more commonly associated with cold sores and type 2 is more commonly associated with genital herpes. The virus is transmitted via direct contact with the sores of someone who is already infected with it. There is currently no known cure for hsv infections. Read more...
Herpes simplex. There are two serological types of this virus. It was formerly felt that type1 produced oral and lip cold sores and that type2 produced genital herpes, but with oral sex so common both types can be found in both places. The virus is essentially the same, but the serotypes are different. There is also some difference in their capacity to produce central nervous system disease. Read more...

Is it possible to transmit the herpes virus to your genital area if you have a cold sore?

HSV. There are two types of herpes simplex viruses (hsv) that cause oral and genital herpes. Typically, hsv-1 causes oral disease and hsv-2 genital disease. However, both viruses can cause either infection. Self innoculation (or transmitting oral disesae to the genitalia) is virtually impossible since the virus is inactivated at room temperature and by drying from air. Read more...

I've just been recently diagnosed with the cold sore version of the Herpes virus. I have what feels like a swollen vein on the shaft of my penis?

Unlikely. that they are related. The cold sore Herpes is a different virus than the genital version. I completely understand your concern, but the two are very unlikely to be related. If you start having blisters on your penis, see your doctor. I have included a picture of herpes for your convenience. Hope this helps! Read more...

My boyfriend of a year has a herpes cold sore on his lip and he says he has never had it before. I don't have the virus. Can hsv-1 be dormant for years and suddenly outbreak?

Absolutely. Most people are infected with oral hsv as children and can indeed lay dormant for years and then emerge. You may even have it and not realize it, unless you have had antibody testing that is negative. Also, oral herpes and genital herpes are two separate viruses so this doesn't necessarily mean that he has been unfaithful or performed oral sex on someone else or anything of the sort. Read more...