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Herpes

What Is Herpes?

Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and is associated with painful sores and blisters in affected areas. There are two types of HSV: Type 1, which causes oral herpes. Type 2, which causes genital herpes. Signs of Herpes More than …

How Frequently Do People With Herpes Have Outbreaks?

On average, people with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) have less than one outbreak each year. Outbreaks of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) are much more common, with most people with this strain having four or five outbreaks each year. Why Does Outbreak Frequency Vary? It’s unclear exactly…

Why Do Cold Sores Keep Coming Back?

Cold sores recur because the herpes simplex virus which causes them doesn’t leave the body. While cold sores, a common symptom of the virus, disappear, the virus stays dormant until something triggers another outbreak. Cold Sores and the Herpes Simplex Virus Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) usually causes cold…

What Does a Positive Herpes Test Mean?

A positive herpes test means you have the herpes simplex virus. The test has detected IgG and/or IgM antibodies in your system, which the body makes to fight the herpes simplex virus. Thanks to new technology, your positive test will also indicate whether you have herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1),…

How Do I Tell the Difference Between a Pimple and a Cold Sore?

A pimple is a symptom of acne and is a pus-filled sore caused by a clogged hair follicle. A cold sore is a symptom of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and is a group of fluid-filled blisters caused by an HSV outbreak. Pimples and cold sores are similar but have apparent…

Are Canker Sores an STD?

No, canker sores are not sexually transmitted. These small, round, painful ulcers inside the mouth might resemble cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus, but they are not contagious. Causes of Canker Sores Canker sores can have many causes, but none of them are sexual. While the exact cause…

What Is a Cold Sore?

A cold sore is a group of small blisters filled with fluid found in, on, or around your mouth and lips. As the blisters break open, a crust will form over the affected patch of skin. If left untreated, a cold sore will heal over time and will not leave…

What is a Chancre?

A chancre is a painless sore that forms on the genitals or the vagina, in and around the anus, or in and around the mouth during the early stages of the sexually transmitted infection syphilis. If you have direct contact with one of these ulcers during oral, vaginal, or anal…

What Is the Difference Between Cold Sores and Chancres?

A chancre is the sore that develops on your genitals or mouth in the early stages of syphilis, whereas a cold sore primarily appears around the lips and is caused by oral herpes. Both chancres and cold sores are caused by contagious sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but the STIs are…

What Is the Difference Between a Cold Sore and a Canker Sore?

Both cold sores and canker sores develop in and around the mouth, so people often mix them up or aren’t sure which type of sore they have. What Are Cold Sores? Cold sores are caused by a herpes virus and are extremely contagious. These sores are small, fluid-filled…

How Do I Prevent Herpes?

People who are infected with herpes often don’t know it, so it’s difficult to prevent. However, wearing condoms can reduce the risk of transmission for genital herpes. Those who have herpes can take antiviral medications to reduce the frequency of outbreaks and the chance of transmission. Oral herpes is very…

What Are the Treatments for Herpes?

There is no cure for herpes, but medical providers can prescribe antiviral medications to help shorten or prevent outbreaks. You can also administer a number of simple, at-home remedies to help alleviate symptoms. Symptoms of oral and genital herpes often go away on their own within about two weeks. Herpes…

What Are the Causes of Herpes?

Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV, one affecting the mouth and another affecting the genitals. The virus can be transmitted through close contact with an infected person. Types of Herpes There are two types of HSV: Herpes simplex virus type 1…

What Are the Symptoms of Herpes?

Herpes can cause an outbreak of small, painful blisters on or near the mouth or genitals. In some cases, it can also cause flu-like symptoms, such as swollen glands, muscle aches, or fever. People who experience frequent outbreaks can take antiviral medication to help prevent outbreaks and reduce symptoms. That…

What Are the Different Types of Herpes?

Of the more than 100 known types of the herpes virus, only eight affect humans. Two of these are herpes simplex viruses (HSV-1 and -2), which can cause genital herpes, and the other six are human herpesviruses (HHV) types 3 through 8, which can cause skin, immune, and other issues. Herpes…

What Are the Treatments for a Cold Sore?

Healthcare providers can prescribe antiviral medications to help cold sores heal faster and prevent future outbreaks. Ointments and at-home remedies might also alleviate the symptoms associated with painful, oozing cold sores. There is no cure for the virus that causes cold sores. Antiviral Medications The best way to treat a…

What Are the Stages of a Cold Sore?

A cold sore usually passes through five stages, beginning with tingling before the sore forms and ending with the sore healing completely. Most cold sores complete all five stages and go away on their own within about two weeks. Stage 1: Tingling Before the cold sore forms, many people begin…

What Causes a Cold Sore?

Cold sores are caused by a viral infection involving the herpes simplex virus (HSV). The virus spreads through contact with an infected person, and it can be transmitted even when no cold sores are present. Cold sores usually go away on their own, but there’s no cure for the virus…

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