Cold Sores

Cold sores, also known as oral herpes or fever blisters, are common worldwide among teens and adults. The infection is caused by the virus HSV-Type 1.

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Cold Sores

Are cold sores common to opiate withdrawals?

Cold sore are Herpes Simplex, a virus. Mouth sores in drug users are more likely dehydration and poor nutrition.


The number 1 precipitating factor for cold sores (HSV 1 & 2) is physical & emotional stress followed by immune system compromization. Opiate withdrawal is characterized by massive release of cortisol & other stress hormones as well as general immune dysregulation.

Both very good answers

Cold Sores

Can you get herpes from kissing?

Yes, you can get oral herpes or cold sores from kissing. Herpes is transmitted from any skin to skin contact, either when the herpes sores are present or in the time just before an outbreak. It should be noted that HSV is not contagious 100% of the time but there's no way to tell exactly when it is as viral cells can shed either before the lesion is detected or after it appears to have healed.

Oral herpes, also known as cold sores or fever blisters is very common. By the time people are adults, the majority have oral herpes, whether they know it or not. Most of those infected don't have symptoms. Most contract the virus through casual kissing as children, for instance, from a relative saying hello at the holidays.

You can't get genital herpes from kissing unless the kissing is taking place below the belt. But oral herpes is caused by herpes type 1 or, more rarely, type 2 can be transmitted to the genitals through oral sex.

Bear in mind that many individuals are infected with HSV and remain asymptomatic -- they have it, but it doesn't show symptoms. HSV is endemic to approximately 20-40% of the world population.

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Does eating chili cause cold sores?

Eating chili doesn't cause cold sores.

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Can herpes kill you?

No, ultimately Herpes virus will not KILL you. You can never get rid of it, however, because there is no cure. But the good thing is that it CAN be controlled and treated. If left untreated, it can be more severe but it won't lead to death.

The above is generally true, but there is one form of herpes virus infection that absolutely can kill you: herpes meningitis. This is a fairly rare form of meningitis, typically seen in the immunocompromised, the very young and very old, but young, otherwise healthy people can have herpes meningitis.

Symptoms are fever, headache, and confusion. Typically, there is a stiff neck as well. The patient will be sensitive to light and sound. It looks very much like any other form of meningitis, but typically has more confusion and alteration in mental status/alertness than that usually seen with meningitis.

The only way to find whether it is herpes meningitis is to suspect it and test for it. There is treatment for it, but it is still often a devastating disease, as the herpes virus causes destruction of particular parts of the brain, specifically the temporal lobes.
It is not likely that a person will die from herpes.
Typical herpes infections are not fatal. Infection in someone immunocompromised or in a newborn may rarely be fatal.
Herpes viruses exist in a number of forms.

Herpes simplex is a cold sore and not usually a big problem. Herpes Zoster is commonly knowna Chicken Pox and can have fatal complications especially when contracted as an adult.

Genital Herpes is an incurable condition which can be passed on to a a partner during sexual contact. I am not sure of it's virulence perhaps someone can clarify this.
Survival rate is very good; rarely is herpes fatal.
Unless it is an extreme case not medicated for a long period of time, then there is a chance it could infect other parts of your body and in turn effecting vital organs that may prevent you functioning properly. Only then it may be a possibility, but herpes is very treatable and many people can still live out a healthy and happy life with it, albeit suffer maybe a little bit of personal misery.
Herpes is seldom life threatening.
it could be, but more often than not no.
No, you will not die from having herpes.
Almost nobody dies from herpes or complications; it is not fatal.
The chances of death from herpes is about zero.
No, people do not usually die from herpes.

it depend upon the type of infection .

brain infection is severe and can kill one

otherwise all other infection by herpes will never kill one
There are two kinds of herpes, HSV-1 (the cold sore kind), and HSV-2 (the genital kind). There is no treatment that will cure the virus, but there is medication that reduces the seriousness of the attacks.

In some cases HSV-1 can occur in the eye, ocular herpes, which can lead to blindness. In very rare cases HSV-1 can occur in the brain, causing herpes encephalitis, a dangerous infection that can lead to death. HSV-1 is the more serious type of herpes, despite what most people think.

HSV-2, the genital herpes virus, rarely causes complications or spreads to other parts of the body. About half the people who are infected don't know they have it. It is the most common cause of neonatal herpes, a rare but dangerous infection in newborn babies; however, HSV-1 causes up to one-third of neonatal infections.

Always seek medical advice and treatment as soon as you feel any symptoms. See the link below for more information.
No, herpes will not kill you and it probably will not cause serious health problems later.

Cold Sores

Can hydrogen peroxide heal a cold sore?

Hydrogen peroxide won't heal a cold sore.

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What does a cold sore feel like?

They can be quite painful. They feel like a combination of a fat lip like you get if you get hit on the lip, and the worst chapped lips you ever had, plus a burn on top of it all. When you smile it can make them crack open and hurt more. They can ooze and feel like blisters.

Cold Sores

Will bleach heal a cold sore?

Bleach won't heal a cold sore.

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What are the signs and symptoms of herpes?

Signs of herpes tend to develop within 3-7 days of skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Herpes infections look like small blisters or ulcers (round areas of broken skin) on the genitals. Each blister or ulcer is typically only 1-3 millimeters in size, and the blisters or ulcers tend to be grouped into "crops." Usually the blisters form first then soon open to form ulcers. Herpes infections may be painless or slightly tender. In some people, however, the blisters or ulcers can be very tender and painful. More tips you can get on this Herpes community:
Not Medical Advice- Red flaring skin with blisters,cold sores or puss coming out of it....
Not Medical Advice- Red flaring skin with blisters,cold sores or puss coming out of it....
Someone who has contracted genital herpes may have painful sores, red spots, fever, flu-like symptoms, upset stomach, and an itching and burning feeling around affected area. If you suffer from persistent vaginal discomfort, it is a good idea to be tested for herpes.

Genital Herpes Symptoms

The most common sign of herpes is red, sensitive skin that develops sores or blisters (often referred to as herpes bumps). These lesions usually show up in and around the genital area, although female symptoms of herpes may cause these blisters to develop inside the vagina. Other signs and symptoms of genital herpes include:

  • Swollen lymph glands in the groin
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever
  • Lower back pain

In women, herpes symptoms can also include vaginal discharge and pain or a burning sensation when urinating. About 25% of women will develop meningitis as a complication of their first herpes outbreak while another 10% to 15% will have troubles urinating because of their herpes.

Males can have lesions on the penis.

The symptoms of herpes are warts, irritable burning sensation, swelling and the symptoms comeback every so many months. This has to be treated medically.

This is a virus and can not be cured. The virus "hides" in the nervous system and comes back when a person may be under stress or is ill.

Other herpes is seen as a cold sore. Other cause whitlows of the hands and fingers.

There are two variations of the virus: herpes simplex 1 & 2. All forms are transmitted by contact with an active lesion.
Herpes usually produces symptoms like itching, burnign and or tingling around the site of infection. With raised blisters or open paper cut like sores appearing on the skin.

An initial break out of genital herpes can also give you flu like symptoms, swollen genitals and or burning when you urinate, along with the itching, burning and or tingling symptoms. Some people even report having leg or back pains during a break out.

If you think you have herpes or if your posting this for some one else then you or they should see a doctor and get tested for herpes, that is the best way to find out if it's herpes or not.
The symptoms from genital herpes are small red bumps that may develop into blisters and open lesions. These bumps" appear at the site of infection, which may be in or around the vaginal area, the cervix, the penis, urinary tract of both men and women, and around the anal opening, buttocks or thighs. Sores also may appear on other parts of the body where broken skin has come into contact with the virus.
One or more cold sores on lip or genital area.

Symptoms of herpes are:
  • headache,
  • muscle ache
  • fever
  • swelling in lymph glands
  • painful blisters
  • burning sensation during urination
  • discharge from vagina or penis
  • burning sensation in the genitals
  • lower back pain
  • small red bumps on the genitals

== == Herpes simplex is an infection caused by herpes simplex viruses, or HSV. While HSV is most often though of as being sexually transmitted, the reality is that it is ubiquitous in modern society. Herpes simplex viruses are the cause of a variety of diseases affecting almost every part of the body.
my sister has herpes and they are lip herpes. she swells up a lot and will never kiss a guy. good dayy. i said good dayy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Herpes is a type of STD, commonly found in the genital area form sexual content. Herpes are mistaked as a common skin rash/disease at first, or go unoticed, until warts or blisters occur.
There are many symtoms for herpes but the common symtoms of herpes are swollen lymph glands, headaches, muscle aches, painful inflamed blisters in the affected area, fever and dischange from the genitals.

Most individuals infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2 experience either no symptoms or have very mild symptoms that go unnoticed or are mistaken for another skin condition. Because of this, most people infected with HSV-2 are not aware of their infection. When symptoms do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take two to four weeks to heal. Experiencing these symptoms is sometimes referred to as having an "outbreak." The first time someone has an outbreak they may also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches and swollen glands.

Repeat outbreaks of genital herpes are common, in particular during the first year of infection. Symptoms of repeat outbreaks are typically shorter in duration and less severe than the first outbreak of genital herpes. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years.

Early symptoms of herpes are a burning itching feeling. you also may feel like you are coming down with the flu due to the fact your body is reacting to the virus.
Herpes is one of the most misunderstood std's out there. The simple truth is that 90% of the adult population has it but doesn't realize it. If you ever get a fever blister you have herpes. The only difference between mouth herpes and the other kind is simply where it's located. It's the same virus, resting at the back of your brain untill something triggers it and you get an outbreak. There is no difference in oral herpes and the other kind, just the location, and there is no cure for herpes, though drugs such as Valtrax can stop an ourbreak once you get one. Odds are these wrestlers already had the virus and why the big to do here is beyond me. You may know more about herpes on the dating and support site datingpoz...C óM , Good luck to you all!
Herpes have a very itching feeling and they are like small blisters in size.
  • painful red blisters, which soon burst to leave ulcers on your external genital area, rectum (back passage), thighs, and buttocks,
  • blisters and ulceration on the cervix (lower part of the womb) in women,
  • vaginal discharge (in women),
  • pain when you pass urine,
  • fever, and
  • generally feeling unwell.

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Small blisters occur in the infected area.
A genital herpes infection usually involves bumps that appear at the site of infection, which may be in or around the vaginal area, the cervix, the penis, urinary tract of both men and women, and around the anal opening, buttocks or thighs. Sores also may appear on other parts of the body where broken skin has come into contact with the virus.
sore in mouth and bottom
Herpes symptoms, when and if they occur, are sores, fever, and swollen glands.
The most common symptom of herpes is a sore that will not go away. Other symptoms include itching, headaches, flu like symptoms, back pain and blisters.
You may have itching, blisters, painful urination, flu like symptoms.
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Cold Sores

Where do cold sores come from?

The root cause of a cold sore is the virus known as the herpes simplex virus. There are eight types of this virus but only two of them are the ones which have been known to answer the question of why do people get cold sores. These types are the herpes simplex type 1 and 2. Why do people get cold sores? People get cold sores when the virus becomes triggered and begins to replicate themselves. They do this replication process commonly on the upper portion of the lip or on the nose. This is basically why people get cold sores. What most do not know about is that stress is the primary reason that causes cold sores to just break out. Most common are illnesses and injuries that cause stress and will in effect cause the virus to wake up. Why do people get cold sores when they have flu or with too much exposure to sunlight? Cold sore viruses tend to replicate in an environment that is warm. If you get yourself too much exposed to heat, chances are, you will get to experience a cold sore. Herpes virus lays dormant on nerves and when triggered by stress, it travels along the nerve to the lips, nose, face and other areas of the body (wherever the initial site of exposure) and one experiences an "outbreak." It is possible to have Herpes Simplex Virus I and II on any area of the body. The usual transmission is by direct contact with a sore from a person who has Herpes. There is evidence that the virus is transmitted by saliva or mucus membranes for several days before the person develops a sore. (The classic example is a kiss from dear old Aunt Hilda or parent, grandparent, etc.) The virus can also live on moist towels for an unknown amount of time. Because it is a virus, it requires living cells to replicate. The tricky part is determining when the virus is no longer viable when in contact with items such as moist towels.

Cold sores come from being exposed to the herpes virus HSV-type 1.

Cold Sores

Does eating peppers remove cold sores?

No cold sores are a form of heroes which is viral

A form of HERPES.

There are many drugs for clearing up cold sores. There are also natural supplements that work also. Personally I take 100 mg of lLysine every day and I don't get them anymore. And before I started taking it everyday, when I got a cold sore, I would take 2000 mg every 6 hours and the sore would be gone in three days and never really "erupt" to a nasty looking one.

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Can you use clotrimazole on a cold sore?

Clotrimazole is a medicine with anti fungal properties.

The Traditional Cold Sore is caused by a virus (Herpes of some variety), hence clotrimazole would most likely be of little value.

I would however recommend Teatree oil. It has got strong antibacterial and anti fungal properties and it can strengthen immune system a lil bit. It also improves skin healing ability. Applying this 3-4 times a day will also minimize the risk of getting an infection in the cold sore. The oil it self does not cure herpes, but it helps body's healing process.

1 part pure oil to 9 parts sunflower-seed oil makes a 10% solution. It should not be used pure as it is very strong. Do not get this in your eyes.

I have treated cold sores in my family with this and it works quite well.

Some people however are allergic to teatree oil.

If the cold sores are persistent, then ask your preferred doctor what to do. It might be something else and need a different treatment.

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Will penicillin clear up a cold sore?

Penicillin won't clear up a cold sore.

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Can amoxicillin help a fever blister?

Amoxicillin won't help a fever blister.

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Does a asthma inhaler cause cold sores?

An asthma inhaler doesn't cause cold sores.

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Is herpes curable?

Sorry to say no there is not, but there is medications available to prevent outbreaks from happening and to have less of chance to give it to someone. check them out the major one is Valtrex but there are some others available.

There is unfortunately no cure for herpes, that's probably why it's one of the most widespread STDs. An estimated 1 in 5 people in the United States have it. There are however medications you can take that can prevent the outbreaks from occurring or shorten the length of an outbreak.

I highly recommend getting tested if you think you do have herpes. This includes going to the doctor during an outbreak so the doctor can look at it to determine if you do have herpes, or getting your blood tested for herpes.

No. Once a person has contracted herpes, it cannot be eliminated. However, symptoms can be treated and the virus itself can often be kept in remission.
there are no cures
False; herpes is a virus that will always be present in the body.
no herpes will stay in your life forever if u have herpes you dont necessarily get it on your lips you can get it anywhere on your body in your private area in your mouth on your fingers and if you get them just put medicated chap stick or lip balm on your lips to make it go a way
Herpes simplex virus is not curable.
No. The virus always remains in the body. Depending on the person, there may or may not be any more outbreaks.
You can not kill herpes.
um..i don't think it can go away or be cured. but i think theres some stuff you could use to make it less painful and a lil better
Yes it does.
No, there is no cure for herpes. The virus lives in your system for life. Might live there as a dormant (meaning sleeping) and can be triggered by cold, stress, poor diet and "show up" on your skin in a blister form-depending what kind of herpes you have HSV 1 (oral-on the lip mostly) and HSV 2( genital-vagina, anus, penis). However, there are treatments (antibiotics) to make this outbreaks (blisters) to go away sooner than the actual healing porcess would take (7-10 days).
No. Herpes is a viral infection. The only cures there are FOR NOW are cures for bacterial infections. BUT you can find ways to control outbreaks of the virus. Consult your doctor or WebMD they can give you more information for treatmeants.
yes, genital herpes is a lifetime condition. There's no cure for this recurrent infection, which may cause embarrassment and emotional distress. Having genital herpes is no reason to avoid sex or give up on relationships though. If you or your partner is infected, you can manage the spread of HSV by taking steps to protect yourself and your partner.
Anti viral medications are used to help reduce out break and length of healing. The medication is not a cure - they only help make the out break less miserable.
no.for the time being its treatable.but there is much ongoing research for a cure.
Herpes doesn't have a cure.
Sooy hun there isn't a cure for herpes. But it can be managed with antiviral medication which is pretty close to a cure.
While there is not a cure for Herpes there are many treatment options. You should see your doctor for more information on what would work best for you. Answer Once you are infected, the virus stays in skin and nerve cells for life.
Herpes infections are generally treated with acyclovir, valaciclovir or famciclovir - but it is important to note that all these do is treat the outbreak .. none of them can ever actually eliminate the virus from your body.

There are natural treatments as well. Many herbs have herpes-killing properties. There is something called "Herpaflor" sold on the Internet, which combines 17 of these herbs.

hell no you cant cure herpes!

For further information see link.
There is no cure for herpes on the market, only really good suppressants which come close to a cure.
No, there isn't a known cure for herpes at this time,
Sorry, there is no cure yet.
Until a cure is found.
Yes once you have herpes you will have it for life. You will get outbreaks then they will go away. You can take Valtrex to help limit the outbreaks.
Cold Sores

How many people have cold sore virus?

Approximately 2 thirds (2/3) of the population of earth suffer from cold sores. Needless to say, it is definitely not a rare condition.

Cold sores are a result of the usually dormant Herpes Simplex Virus, a virus spread with considerable ease, even just by touch!

Cold Sores

Can you get a cold sore from a telephone?

It would be nearly impossible to get a cold sore from a telephone as the virus can't survive long outside of the body.

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Can pickles cause cold sores?

Pickles don't cause cold sores.

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Can dogs give cold sores to humans?

Dogs can't give cold sores to humans.

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Cold Sores

Can fruit cause cold sores?

Fruit doesn't cause cold sores.

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Does swimming in ocean clear cold sores?

Swimming in an ocean does not clear cold sores.

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How is herpes transmitted?

"Herpes" (from the Greek for 'crawl') refers to a large family of viruses that cause disease in humans and other animals. The first three types - see the list below - will produce skin blisters when they are active. The others mostly cause general flu-like illness. According to the Center for Disease Control, 90% of the US population have been infected with one or more herpes viruses. Once infected, these viruses remain in the body.

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex virus. It is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact with the affected area of another person's body, when the virus is active, and with friction. The virus cannot crawl or dig its way through the skin. It can be transmitted during childbirth from mother to newborn if the mother is having her very first outbreak. If the mother has had it a while (two months or more) then the newborn will have the mother's antibodies (temporary protection) and cannot catch it during birth.

Here are a few typical ways to catch herpes simplex:

  • Cold sores: kissing or saliva when the virus is active
  • Genital herpes: having sex with an infected person when the virus is active
  • Oral sex will pass a facial infection to the other person's genitals - or from genitals to the other person's face.

There are eight human herpes viruses - each one causes a different illness. Only herpes simplex and varicella zoster virus are caught on the skin. How each type is transmitted:

  • Herpes simplex - types 1 and 2 (usually called cold sores or genital herpes) - kissing or sexual contact
  • Varicella Zoster (usually called chicken pox & shingles) - contact or respiratory route
  • Epstein-Barr (usually called mononucleosis, 'mono' or kissing disease) - saliva
  • Cytomegalovirus - contact, saliva, transfusions, transplants, congenital
  • Herpes Herpes virus-6 - contact or respiratory route
  • Human Herpes virus-7 - unknown transmission
  • Human Herpes virus-8 (cause of Kaposi's sarcoma) - possibly exchange of body fluids

In short: You contract herpes simplex by some part of your body touching someone who is infected on one of their lesions. This typically occurs during sexual relations.

Herpes is spread from person to person by direct skin-to-skin contact with the affected part, when the virus is active. The website has full information on the 'Frequently Asked Questions' page.

A condom can be useful in protecting a man's partner if it covers the area where the man gets his outbreaks. It may not protect a person as if the symptoms come elsewhere in the pelvic area, which is not protected by a condom.

Herpes is one of the most misunderstood viruses out there. The simple truth is that 90% of the adult population has it but doesn't realize it. If you ever get a fever blister you have herpes simplex. The only difference between mouth herpes and the other kind is simply where it's located. It's the same virus, resting at the back of your brain until something triggers it and you get an outbreak.

Herpes travels through the skin when it rubs together with someone who has herpes just had a break out or has a break out in progress. Herpes then goes onto replicate in the skin cells usually creating a blister, and lies dormant near the spinal column but it's important to remember that herpes simplex is not passed through blood.

Herpes is passed by skin to skin contact: sex, kissing, oral sex... those will do it.

Ever have a cold sore? You have herpes.

It comes from unprotected sex when a person is having an outbreak or even

when the sores aren't visible there is still shedding always practice safe sex the safest is abstinence.

Herpes can also be transmitted when there are no symptoms present and be dormant for a long period of time before you recognize any signs or symptoms.

It is also possible to contract genital herpes from a cold sore on a partner's mouth or face through oral sex. It is possible to pass the virus on even if they did not have a cold sore present at the time of contact.

To help prevent transmission it is important not to engage in any activities that involve touching the affected area while there are sign or symptoms, this includes itching, tingling or irritation on the skin.

How a person can contract Cold Sores

Cold sores are generally contracted from skin to skin contact with an infected area. For example, if someone has a cold sore on their lip they can pass on the virus to another person's mouth through kissing.

The usual incubation period of the virus (time before any symptoms show) is approximately two to twelve days after the first exposure to the virus. As most people contract cold sores before the age of seven, it is common for a person not to remember their first or 'primary' cold sore outbreak.

Once infected with cold sores, the virus remains inside the body in a latent (sleeping) state. Throughout a person's life the virus can then become "activated" causing a cold sore recurrence.

Yes, herpes is very contagious and can be passed via sexual contact and also kissing.

Cold Sores

Is herpes a microorganism?

yes. it is a microorganism, Herpes simplex virus type I and type II which differs from the area of the body being infected....

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What is triamcinolone acetonide cream used for?

the doctor of my baby give the cream for really bad excema

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Is herpes bacterial or viral?

Herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2.

Herpes simples virus 2 infections are the primary cause of gential herpes infections that occur in the genital regions. These form the virus lies dormant in the sacral nerve at the base of the spine.


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