How Long Do Herpes Mouth Sores Last

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long herpes can last outside of body? How to keep it from going in my eye?
    I want to know how long herpes last outside the body and what can i do to destroy the bacteria like if i touch a sore i would want to know what i can do to kill the bacteria from my hand. I am really scared of getting in my eye because i dont know where exactly i have hsv1. i prbly had a minor breakout in my mouth and havent notice.

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes does not last for more then seconds away or out side of the body. It also doesn't last on objects for more then seconds.
      Just wash your hands, use sanitizer, or those antibacterial wipes after touching a sore or wait for a few minutes before you touch any thing else.
      HSV1 can spread to the eyes. Having ocular herpes is not common.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can it be possible for a herpes outbreak to only last 24 hours?
    I recently contracted herpes virus type one, it only effects the area in/around my mouth. i've been getting outbreaks, but the sores only last 24 hours? they come and clear up usually all within the same day or two. is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Can I ask you a question??? How recently did you contract it?? Like how long ago?? Thanks!

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does a mouth herpes virus tend to last without medicine? going on second week..?
    I dont know for sure if I have herpes. I have red spots in the middle of my tongue, and bigger ones toward the back. Under my tongue It looks two be swollen glands on each side. So I'm not sure if its just a virus that won't go away or herpes, please help.

    • ANSWER:
      The break outs can last any where from 1-3 weeks and possibly longer with out medication. It's not too common to get herpes inside of your mouth, it's more common to have cold sores or fever blisters on the out side of the mouth. This could be just strep throat. If you really want to know then see a doctor and have them test you for oral herpes.

  4. QUESTION:
    How long to the symptoms for herpes last?
    Ok so I had some sores on my lip it's been about a week and now they're almost disappeared. But now I have all these little dots on my tongue... I'm just not sure

    • ANSWER:
      Break outs can last about 1-4 weeks depending on how sever it is. The break outs may come and go but the virus will always be with you. The dots on your tongue are probably not oral herpes. Oral herpes likes to occuro n the out side of the mouth on or around the lips. It's the virus that causes cold sores, they usually come with some itching, burning and or tingling symptoms around the time of a break out. You can treat it with some over the counter cold sore creams to help heal it faster.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get eye herpes or other sexually transmitted disease from getting infected semen in your eye?
    I was wondering if it is possible/ likely to get a sexually transmitted disease in your eye if infected semen got into it For example is it possible to get herpes type 1 or 2 in your eye by getting semen in it and not actually touching a herpes lesion. Is it possible to get genital warts/ hpv from semen and not direct contact with a wart? What other stds can be spread, and are they treatable? Any bit of information helps.

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible to get herpes in your eyes but herpes isn't passed through semen. Herpes isn't passed through body fluids but by direct skin to skin contact with an open sore or blister cause by the herpes virus. If some one with cold sores (which are caused by oral herpes HSV1) repeatedly kissed your eyes while they had a cold sore on their mouth then they could possibly give you ocular herpes (eye herpes).
      You're not likely to transfer herpes by your self. It doesn't last for long periods of time when it's away from the body. You would have to touch a sore then with in seconds touch your eyes or genitals.

  6. QUESTION:
    How long does the first Herpes outbreak last for when inside the mouth?
    I have been having the outbreak for around 4 days now, and just today i started taking Acyclovir. How much longer will i be in pain and have all these blisters and canker sores?
    This is my initial outbreak, which is what i meant by "first"

    • ANSWER:
      everybody is different with herpes, it react different on each person, the best way to answer you question is to go to a herpes social networks where you can make friends and date with people with herpes, one social network is www.yupperdoodles.com and its free. there you can talk, share thoughts, experiences and help eachother

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of getting herpes after drinking after somoene?
    I have herpes simplex type 1. (cold sores) I have one right now and my mom drank after me! She rinsed her mouth out with peroxide shortly afterwards. What are her chances of catching it now? Please help I'm worried sick I don't want to transfer this to her :/

    • ANSWER:
      You have a very low chance of passing herpes that way. Your mother would have to take a drink directly after you did. Herpes doesn't last for more then seconds when it's away from the body and it doesn't survive in fluids for long periods of time.
      She would have to kiss you on or around the mouth in order to have any chance of getting a cold sore.

  8. QUESTION:
    How long after coming in contact with the herpes virus will one's first outbreak be?
    I ask this because I may or may not have come in contact with someone who may have had herpes during an outbreak and this morning a cold sore appeared. How long would it take for symptoms to appear?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms:

      usually develop within 2 to 20 days after contact
      could continue up to 2 weeks
      may be so mild it goes unnoticed
      may take longer or be less severe in some people, especially in those with partial immunity to the virus from having facial herpes, e.g. cold sores.
      in the first attack sometimes causes visible sores
      last between 10 - 21 days
      The first episode is the most severe as most people have not been exposed to the virus before and antibodies will not have been produced to trigger the immune response.

      When the herpes virus gets into skin cells it reproduces itself and starts to multiply, making the skin red and sensitive. Blisters or bumps may appear on the genital area, the blisters first opening, then healing with the regeneration of new skin tissue.

      The infected area:

      is usually painful and may itch, burn or tingle, during the outbreak.
      Other symptoms include:

      swollen lymph glands
      painful inflamed blisters develop around infected area
      headache
      muscle ache
      fever
      vaginal or penis discharge
      infection of the urethra causing a burning sensation during urination
      a burning sensation in the genitals
      lower back pain
      small red bumps may appear in the genital area following earlier symptoms, later developing into painful blisters, which crust over, form a scab, and heal.
      No Symptoms:

      Up to 60% of people who have genital HSV show no signs of the disease and are unaware that they are infected, but are capable of transmitting the virus to others (asymptomatic viral shedding).

      Recurrences

      Subsequent recurrences of the virus may cause an outbreak of blisters.

      Recurrences:

      are usually shorter and less severe than the initial episode
      may decrease in both severity and frequency over time
      are usually preceded by warning symptoms (also known as prodromal symptoms)
      After the lesions have healed, and the symptoms of recurrence have ended, pain and discomfort in the genital area is still sometimes felt (post-herpetic neuralgia).

      Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to treat this condition. Some people find these drugs effective for the discomfort of the prodrome, and for the duration of the outbreak.

      How common are recurrences?

      80% of persons having a first episode caused by HSV-2 will have at least one recurrence
      50% of persons with HSV-1 will experience a recurrence
      The most common scenario is occasional recurrences (about 4 attacks per year)
      Usually, the first year has the most viral activity
      A recurrence takes place when the virus replicates in the nerve ganglia and particles of virus travel along the nerve to the site of primary infection in the skin or mucous membranes (inner, moist lining of the mouth, vagina etc).

      There are very subtle forms of recurring herpes found on the penis, vulva, anus, thigh and buttocks or anywhere in or around the genital area that heal very quickly (within a matter of days).

      Signs of Recurrent Outbreaks:

      Breaks or irregularities in the skin, such as a cut, red bump or rash
      Small sores or blisters that form a crust may occur anywhere in the region between the legs--thigh, buttocks, anus, or pubis
      Healing occurs in half the time as the first outbreak

      What brings on or "triggers" an outbreak or recurrence?

      Although it is not known exactly why the virus reactivates at various times, both physical and/or psychological factors can bring on an outbreak.

      Physical Factors:

      Physical factors differ from person to person, but may be caused from:

      being run-down
      suffering from other genital infections (affecting the local skin area)
      menstruation
      drinking a lot of alcohol
      exposure of the area to strong sunlight
      conditions that compromise a person's immune system (where the body's immune system is not functioning normally)
      prolonged periods of stress
      ultraviolet light
      friction or damage to the skin, caused by, for example, sexual intercourse, may also lead to a recurrence
      surgical trauma
      anything that lowers your immune system or causes local injury can trigger recurrences.
      Psychological Factors:

      periods of prolonged stress can cause more frequent recurrences
      it is also common to experience stress and anxiety as a result of having recurrences.
      Prodrome

      A warning sign (prodrome) is experienced by many people in recurring outbreaks. Warning symptoms which indicate the virus is becoming active, and is on its way to the skin's surface may include:

      itching
      tingling
      numbness
      burning
      general fatigue
      flu-like symptoms
      fever
      swelling of the lymph nodes in the area of outbreak
      headache
      painful urination
      pain in the buttocks, back of legs, lower back
      Cycle of a typical outbreak or recurrence

      The symptoms of an active herpes outbreak or recurrence may occur in the following phases.

      Symptomatic Course of the Disease:

      Inflammation
      Swelling, tenderness, and/or redness that may appear before the

  9. QUESTION:
    Can herpes get into your bloodstream and poison you if not treated?
    My friend found out he has herpes and will not get treated for it because he doesn't think it will affect him whether he gets treated or not because he doesn't get outbreaks. I heard from someone that if herpes is not treated it can get into your bloodstream and poison you. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it can't!

      Herpes is a virus than causes a minor skin infection. After the initial infection, your immune system controls the virus, and the virus becomes dormant, hiding out in the nerve ganglion that serves the area of the initial infection. Every now and then, when the immune system is low, the virus is able to come to the surface and cause a visible outbreak, which lasts 3-5 days, before it becomes dormant again.

      Treatment is NOT necessary. Taking antivirals every can can reduce the number of outbreaks a person gets. It can also make you infectious less often. Taking antivirals such as valtrex when you feel an outbreak starting can possibly stop the outbreak (but may not). Apart from that, herpes medication doesn't do anything and is NOT necessary.

      Humans have been getting herpes for thousands and thousands of years, and the immune system does a good job of controlling it.

      Cold sores are also herpes - often the same virus that causes genital herpes (the oral herpes virus causes half of genital herpes infections too). Cold sores come and go on their own, without the need for treatment. 80% of adults are infected with either oral or genital herpes, neither require treatment.

      Herpes is not even carried in the blood stream. People with herpes are still able to give blood, and their blood is not infectious. Herpes blood tests don't test for the virus itself, but for antibodies to the virus which are present in the blood of people who have it. The virus itself is not to be found in the blood, and will not poison you! It is a localised infection - if you catch it on one part of your body, for example orally on your mouth, it stays there and does not travel around your body. In this respect it is completely different from HIV.

      Although it causes outbreaks, herpes does no long term damage to the skin and does not scar. It does NO damage at all to any part of the body. It just causes outbreaks from time to time, which are a bit of an irritation, but nothing else.

      I have genital herpes, in my case it is caused by the virus hsv-1, which normally causes cold sores on the mouth. I get outbreaks, they go. It requires no treatment. I have not found that antivirals make any difference to the severity of outbreaks (mine are very mild anyway). Since a herpes outbreak is no worse than having an ingrown hair, I don't really see the point in taking meds for it. Since your friend does not have outbreaks, there would be no point at all in him taking medication.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long do signs of Oral Herpes take?
    I made-out with a girl last night and five hours later woke up with sores in my mouth. Should I be concerned or is it just a coincidence?

    • ANSWER:
      Oral herpes inside of the mouth is not common to have but it's possible for oral herpes to occur on the inside of the mouth.
      Oral herpes likes to live on the out side of the mouth causing cold sores. Cold sores also don't take 5 hours to show up. They take about 2-20 days to show symptoms. Some thing could have triggered an out break long before you kissed her.
      They are normally passed on during child hood by relatives or friends who have cold sores then kiss children with out knowing that cold sores are contagious. Oral herpes is also very common to have 50-90 percent of the world has them, half of them don't know what cold sores are. You could have had these sores long before you kissed her.
      If your concerned then get the sores checked out and tested by a doctor.

  11. QUESTION:
    If you have unprotected sex with somebody who has herpes, what are the chances that you contracted herpes?
    For the sake of the question, you are the guy, and she is a girl. She did not have an outbreak visible at the time when you had sex, and she has had herpes for over a year. You gave her oral sex, and you also had vaginal/penetration sex.

    Does this mean you automatically have herpes or is their a chance that you don't get it?

    • ANSWER:
      In Oral Herpes the viruses cycle between periods of active disease—presenting as blisters containing infectious virus particles—that last 2–21 days, followed by a remission period. The person is infectious when the blisters are present but fine when they are in remission.

      In Genital herpes, however, is often asymptomatic. This means the infected person can have no outward signs (though viral shedding may still occur) and still be highly infectious.

      Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1). Genital herpes herpes is simplex virus-2 (HSV-2). However, even though HSV-1 typically causes sores around the mouth and HSV-2 causes genital sores, these viruses can cause sores in either place so oral sex can transmit the disease between the teo body parts.

      Both types are transmitted from one person to another through contact with bodily fluids. Also, In genital herpes there is a small chance of catching it through vaginal shedding via mere skin-to-skin contact (no penetration).

      After initial infection, the viruses are transported along sensory nerves to the sensory nerve cell bodies, where they become latent and reside life-long. In oral herpes they live in the nerves behind the ear and in genital herpes in the small of the back.

      Causes of recurrence are uncertain, though some potential triggers have been identified, The previously latent virus then multiplies new virus particles in the nerve cell and these are transported along the axon of each neuron to the nerve terminals in the skin, where they are released and the infected person has an outbreak.

      If this girl has the virus then even if she wasn't showing any outward signs they the chances of catching herpes is extremely high and as yet there is no cure and once caught its with you for life.

  12. QUESTION:
    percautions that are need to live with someone with genetal herpes?
    My roomate has genetal herpes what are some percautions that i need to take so i wont get infected?

    • ANSWER:
      The article below from the National Institutes of Health should give you some idea, especially under prevention. Another question you may want to know is how long herpes can live on a surface. I haven't been able to find it. You may want to check out http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes_overview.cfm as well as the article below:

      October 2005

      Genital Herpes
      OVERVIEW
      Genital herpes is an infection of the genitals, buttocks, or anal area caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV.
      HSV type 1 most commonly infects the mouth and lips, causing sores known as fever blisters or cold sores. It is also an important cause of sores to the genitals.
      HSV type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes, but it also can infect the mouth.
      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 5 American teenagers and adults is infected with HSV-2. Women are more commonly infected than men. In the United States, 1 out of 4 women is infected with HSV-2.

      Since the late 1970s, the number of people with genital herpes infection has increased 30 percent nationwide. The largest increase has been among teens and young adults.

      TRANSMISSION
      If you have genital herpes infection, you can easily pass or transmit the virus to an uninfected partner during sex.

      Most people get genital herpes by having sex with someone who is shedding the herpes virus either during an outbreak or during a period with no symptoms. People who do not know they have herpes play an important role in transmission.

      You can transmit herpes through close contact other than sexual intercourse, through oral sex or close skin-to-skin contact, for example.

      The virus is spread rarely, if at all, by objects such as a toilet seat or hot tub.

      Reduce your risk of spreading herpes

      People with herpes should follow a few simple steps to avoid spreading the infection to other places on their body or other people.

      Avoid touching the infected area during an outbreak, and wash your hands after contact with the area.
      Do not have sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) from the time of first genital symptoms until symptoms are completely gone.
      TREATMENT
      Although there is no cure for genital herpes, your health care provider might prescribe an antiviral medicine to treat your symptoms and to help prevent future outbreaks. This can decrease the risk of passing herpes to sexual partners. Medicines to treat genital herpes are

      Acyclovir (Zovirax)
      Famciclovir (Famvir)
      Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
      SYMPTOMS
      Symptoms of herpes are called outbreaks. The first outbreak appears within 2 weeks after you become infected and can last for several weeks. These symptoms might include tingling or sores near the area where the virus has entered the body, such as on the genital or rectal area, on buttocks or thighs, or occasionally on other parts of the body where the virus has entered through broken skin. They also can occur inside the vagina and on the cervix in women, or in the urinary passage of women and men. Small red bumps appear first, develop into small blisters, and then become itchy, painful sores that might develop a crust and will heal without leaving a scar.

      Sometimes, there is a crack or raw area or some redness without pain, itching, or tingling.

      Other symptoms that may accompany the first (and less often future) outbreak of genital herpes are fever, headache, muscle aches, painful or difficult urination, vaginal discharge, and swollen glands in the groin area.

      Often, though, people don’t recognize their first or subsequent outbreaks. People who have mild or no symptoms at all may not think they are infected with herpes. They can still transmit the virus to others, however.

      Recurrence of herpes outbreaks

      In most people, the virus can become active and cause outbreaks several times a year. This is called a recurrence, and infected people can have symptoms. HSV remains in certain nerve cells of your body for life. When the virus is triggered to be active, it travels along the nerves to your skin. There, it makes more virus and sometimes new sores near the site of the first outbreak.

      Recurrences are generally much milder than the first outbreak of genital herpes. HSV-2 genital infection is more likely to result in recurrences than HSV-1 genital infection. Recurrences become less common over time.

      Symptoms from recurrences might include itching, tingling, vaginal discharge, and a burning feeling or pain in the genital or anal area. Sores may be present during a recurrence, but sometimes they are small and easily overlooked.

      Sometimes, the virus can become active but not cause any visible sores or any symptoms. During these times, small amounts of the virus may be shed at or near places of the first infection, in fluids from the mouth, penis, or vagina, or from barely noticeable sores. This is called asymptomatic (without symptoms) shedding. Even though you are not aware of the shedding, you can infect a sexual partner during this time. Asymptomatic shedding is an important factor in the spread of herpes.

      DIAGNOSIS
      Your health care provider can diagnose typical genital herpes by looking at the sores. Some cases, however, are more difficult to diagnose.

      The virus sometimes, but not always, can be detected by a laboratory test called a culture. A culture is done when your health care provider uses a swab to get and study material from a suspected herpes sore. You may still have genital herpes, however, even if your culture is negative (which means it does not show HSV).

      A blood test cannot show whether you are having a herpes outbreak, but it can show if you are infected with HSV. Newer blood tests, called type-specific tests, can tell whether you are infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2. Blood tests cannot tell between genital and other herpes infections. Health experts assume, however, that if you are positive for HSV-2, you have had genital infection.

      Coping with herpes

      A diagnosis of genital herpes can have emotional effects whether or not symptoms are present. If you have genital herpes, you are probably concerned about the effect of your disease on personal relationships. In addition, your sexual partner may be concerned about their risk of infection. Proper counseling and treatment can help you and your partner learn to cope with the disease.

      PREVENTION
      Because herpes can be transmitted from someone who has no symptoms, using these precautions is not enough to prevent transmission. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved Valtrex for use in preventing transmission of genital herpes. It has to be taken continuously by the infected person, and while it significantly decreases the risk of the transmission of herpes, transmission can still occur.

      Do not have oral genital contact in the presence of any symptoms or findings of oral herpes.
      Using barriers such as condoms during sexual activity may decrease transmission, but transmission can occur even if condoms are used correctly. Condoms may not cover all infected areas.
      COMPLICATIONS
      Genital herpes infections usually do not cause serious health problems in healthy adults. In some people whose immune systems do not work properly, genital herpes outbreaks can be unusually severe and long lasting.

      Occasionally, people with normal immune systems can get herpes infection of the eye, called ocular herpes. Ocular herpes is usually caused by HSV-1 but sometimes by HSV-2. It can occasionally result in serious eye disease, including blindness.

      A woman with herpes who is pregnant can pass the infection to her baby. A baby born with herpes might die or have serious brain, skin, or eye problems. Pregnant women who have herpes, or whose sex partner has herpes should discuss the situation with her health care provider. Together they can make a plan to reduce her or her baby’s risk of getting infected. Babies who are born with herpes do better if the disease is recognized and treated early.

      Genital herpes, like other genital diseases that cause sores, is important in the spread of HIV infection.

      RESEARCH
      The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) supports research on genital herpes and HSV. Studies are currently underway to develop better treatments for the millions of people who suffer from genital herpes. While some scientists are carrying out clinical trials to determine the best way to use existing medicines, others are studying the biology of HSV. NIAID scientists have identified certain genes and enzymes (proteins) that the virus needs to survive. They are hopeful that drugs aimed at disrupting these viral targets might lead to the design of more effective treatments.

      Meanwhile, other researchers are devising methods to control the virus’ spread. Two important means of preventing HSV infection are vaccines and topical microbicides.

      Several different vaccines are in various stages of development. These include vaccines made from proteins on the HSV cell surface, peptides or chains of amino acids, and the DNA of the virus itself. NIAID and GlaxoSmithKline are supporting a large clinical trial in women of an experimental vaccine that may help prevent transmission of genital herpes. The trial is being conducted at more than 35 sites nationwide. For more information, click here Herpevac Trial for Women or go to herpesvaccine.nih.gov.

      Topical microbicides, preparations containing microbe-killing compounds, are also in various stages of development and testing. These include gels, creams, or lotions that a woman could insert into the vagina prior to intercourse to prevent infection.

      An NIAID-supported clinical trial demonstrated that once-daily suppressive therapy using valacyclovir significantly reduces risk of transmission of genital herpes to an uninfected partner. This is the first time an antiviral medication had been shown to reduce the risk of transmission of an STI. This strategy may contribute to preventing the spread of genital herpes.

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      National Herpes Resource Center and Hotline
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      PS: Just to be extra safe you may want to wash your clothes separately. If this isn't possible use hot water. You might even want to use a hot water with bleach empty load to be safe or wash washer with 70% alcohol. DO NOT mix alcohol and bleach though! This will make very toxic acid (HCl)
      I don't know if it's necessary but you will feel safer. I lived in communal housing where everyone's clothes were washed together. At least one girl had herpes and I never got it. But then the nun running it was generous with hot water and chlorox bleach. But, bleach can cause allergies to your skin, so better to put it to clean the washer than your clothes.

      Clean shower floor well, maybe with 70% alcohol OR bleach solution (if you want). Rinse bleach off well. Same for a tub bath. Just running water can mechanically remove viruses and bacteria. So, at the very least turn on shower for a few minutes with hot water before you get in.

      If you do use bleach, be sure and have windows open and vent! Too much bleach is far more dangerous than herpes!

  13. QUESTION:
    How common is oral herpes transmitted by sharing cups & eating utencils and how rare/common is it?
    Hello people, I am wondering, if some infected with Oral herpes either

    *Drank from a cup
    *Licked an ice cream
    * kissed you on the lips
    (They didnt have an outbreak current)

    And i also
    *Drank from there cup
    *Licked there icecream
    * Recived there kiss

    What is the chance of me contracting the virus?

    • ANSWER:
      It can happen, but it's not too common because the virus likes direct skin contact to be passed on. The item being shared would have to go from some ones mouth with a cold sore on it, directly with in seconds to your mouth. The herpes virus doesn't last for long periods of time out side of the body and it doesn't survive in fluids. So you would have to pass it directly back and forth while the person your sharing some thing with had a cold sore on their mouth.
      You would have a better chance of getting it if you kissed some one on the mouth while they had a cold sore. This more commonly how people get infected rather then sharing things.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I stop cold sores from developing?
    I had a cold last week so typically this morning I woke up with a cold sore :(
    Anyway whenever I get one, another always seems to follow a few days later, so how can I stop any more in their tracks before they arrive?

    • ANSWER:
      HI Marbles

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also, for long term health be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  15. QUESTION:
    my 6 year old daughter developed sores on the corner of her mouth?
    at first we though they are just chapped but the chap-stick has not worked and the rash is spreading to around the mouth. It bleeds and looks crusty. Any ideas on what it could be?
    I am planning on calling her ped. tomorrow but wanted to get opinions...She also has pale patches on her forhead and cheeks.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like either canker or cold sores. There is a difference but I cant think of it right now. When I get mine (which I got from my mother before I was even born, as it is a really contagious disease) I get a tingly sensation, followed by a swollen sensation then it irupts, and boy is it painful.
      this site http://www.forces-of-nature.net/topics/herpes/canker-sores.htm says that it might be caused by a virus or bacterium, and that it could possibly be an allergic reaction to the enviroment or to food.
      My own personal experience is that it is a long lasting virus, that when my immune system is good, the virus is kept in check, but when I'm getting sick, that the time for it to explode, I feel them comming a few days before, and highly acidic foods seem to aggrivate them when I do have an outbreak, some foods that are okay for me when I'm well, bit not when I have them are tomatoes, oranges, Orange Juice, any citrus really, Soda, tomato sauce, and any salty food.

      There is a really expensive medicine like .00 to .00 a bottle for these drops that sting then make the sore close up, I dont know if it would help for ones on the outside of your face though.

      From the second site (below) on what the differences are:
      "Also known as apthous ulcers or canker sores occur on the soft tissue of the inside of the lips, mouth or throat. The ulcers can also appear occasionally on the tongue." (This is what I have.)

      "Cold Sores are the ulcers that appear around the lips, chin and sometimes on the insides of the nostrils. These ulcers are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus 1. HerpesSimplex 1 or cold sores can be transmitted by infected saliva and by adult-hood nearly 90 % of men and women carry the virus. This condition is not to be confused with Herpes Simplex 2 can be spread by sexual intimacy and is usually found from the waist down. Women giving birth can pass the virus on to the newborn baby during the process of giving birth. There is no cure for this STD though thee is a treatment to help prevent outbreaks which is an active period in which blisters form. The genital version of this malady is called Genital Herpes.Cold sores or Herpes Simplex 2 is not the same as canker sores."

      As always chech with your doctor, I am not one, so i'm not qualified to give medical advice.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can you get herpes or a cold sore on your mouth if you smoke a cigarette after someone that has herpes?
    What about a water pipe or B O N G? Can you get herpes if someone has a cold sore and you smoke right after them?

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible but only if you took a hit directly with in seconds of some one with a cold sore taking one. Herpes doesn't last long on objects or in open air. It likes direct skin contact with an open sore or blister to be passed on like kissing some one that has a cold sore.

  17. QUESTION:
    When does the body build up face herpes antibodies and how long do they last?
    Last time (and only time) i had a cold sore was about 10 years age and it was really bad. now i think i have one again but its much more minor, just like a darker dry patch that tingles and itches a bit. Ive been trying to be cautious about touching myself in other areas without first washing hands but there have been times where i rubbed my eye etc without realizing. Would antibodies developed from the first and only hsv1 outbreak 10 years ago still protect me now?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibodies to herpes build up to a detectable level within a few weeks, and continue to exist in your body forever. They don't somehow wear out. The fact that you haven't had an outbreak in 10 years means that your antibodies have been doing their job, keeping the HSV virus at bay.

      And they do provide some protection against self-infection - but it may be still possible to self-infect. It has been known to happen, but it is rare. As you know, self-infection most often happens during the initial outbreak, when you don't have antibodies. Which you do have.

      I would do exactly what you are doing - pay attention as best you can, make an effort to wash your hands a lot, and be sensative about touching your mouth, eyes or genitals.

      All of these are good practices to get into anyway, actually, and if you get into the habit of regular hand washing and not touching your face, you'll avoid other diseases (like the flu).

  18. QUESTION:
    Can a treated cold sore still pass on herpes?
    I recently got this cold sore that i treated for 2 days with zovrax. However after 2 days i completely forgot about it an went down on my boyfriend. It was only for 5 seconds or so before i realized. I dont think it really touched anything as it is on the top of my upper lip. Is it possible i have given him herpes. PLease help me. I feel sick to my stomach.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. The most infectious time is from the very first tingle before the sore appears to about 5-7 days after the cold sore has completely disappeared.

      You can even pass it on when you DON'T have a cold sore at all and haven't had one for months. 70% of herpes infections are caught from a partner not showing symptoms and I caught genital herpes from my boyfriend giving me oral sex when he hadn't had a cold sore for quite a while.

      Length of contact does not matter - the risk is still there. The contact we had the night he infected me lasted probably no longer than a few seconds.

      However, 8 out of 10 people have the herpes virus on their mouths, and if your boyfriend is one of the 8 out of 10, as is more than likely given the statistics, he is extremely unlikely catch it genitally through you giving him oral sex. Having herpes hsv-1 on your mouth gives you a VERY high level of proteciton against getitng hsv-1 genitally. The reason I was so susceptible was because I didn't have it and had never had a cold sore. Does he have a history of cold sores?

      If he does not show any symptoms 7 days after contact, he should be fine. Genital hsv-1 is usually only caught when you have no previous infection with herpes anywhere on your body and therefore the symptoms are fairly obvious. Mine certainly were.

      For safety in the future:

      -remember there is a small risk even when you have no symptoms

      -avoid mouth to genital contact from the first tingle to a week after the cold sore has healed

      -avoid contact if you get the tingle but no cold sore appears, any warning you normally get that tells you a cold sore may be coming is called 'prodrome' and you may be infectious for a few days after, regardless of whether a sore develops

      -be careful when you are very tired or run down, or when you have a cold or the flu, because your immune system being low makes it much more likely you will be infectious, so it is better to be on the safe side.

      By taking those simple precautions, you can hugely reduce the risk of giving it to a partner. My boyfriend didn't have a cold sore when he gave it to me, but he was getting over a cold, so I guess his immune system was a bit low. By being really careful he managed to protect me from getting it for 7 years.

  19. QUESTION:
    can herpes be life threatening and what is the worst scenario?
    my sister had an out break of what she thinks is cold sores but its not the first time she has had them she had them about two weeks ago in her mouth and around her mouth she wants to know if they are herpes.people are telling her that cold sores and herpes are the same can you spread some light on this subject for her.also she has had them more than once over the years. as ive said she has always thought of them as cold sores.

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, and they're contagious. Cold sores are common. Though you can't cure or prevent cold sores, you can take steps to reduce their frequency and to limit the duration of an occurrence.
      Signs and symptoms of cold sores include:

      Small, painful, fluid-filled blisters on a raised, red, painful area of your skin
      Pain or tingling, called the prodrome, often precedes the blisters by one to two days
      Usual duration of seven to 10 days
      Cold sores usually appear on your lips. Occasionally, they occur on your nostrils, chin or fingers. And, although it's unusual, they may occur inside your mouth — but only on your gums or hard palate, which is the roof of your mouth. If the sore appears on other soft tissues inside your mouth, it may be a canker sore, but it's not a cold sore.

      Signs and symptoms may not start for as long as 20 days after exposure to the herpes simplex virus, and usually last seven to 10 days. The blisters form, break and ooze. Then a yellow crust forms and finally sloughs off to uncover pinkish skin that heals without a scar.

  20. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for Oral Herpes to go away with the medican?
    Its been a week now that i've had this Disqusting Mouth Crap Its really upsetting and for a teenager it really sucks and put and out look on my future like no other Im only 17. My little sister who is 15 Got it before i did the doctors say it could be in our genes and probbly was in our bodies since we were little, my sisters b/f had a cold sore on his lip that week my sister had a out break now this was last month Now this month the same time i get it.

    I just want to know how much longer Im going to be suffering in the pain and not being able to sleep and talk and i havent been able to eatt in like a week....

    • ANSWER:
      go to: www.emedicinehealth.com/oral_herpes/article.em.htm -

      this will give you all the info you need

      It states that the sores & symptons of oral herpes completed clear up in 2-3 weeks. But the sores may reappear under certain stressful situations.

      Hope you feel better soon.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can sharing cigarettes/smoking Cigarette buts give me herpies or any other diseases?
    I don't want any crap about how I shouldn't smoke and it's bad for me. I realize this. I have quit last month. But I was picking up like 10 cigarette buts a day to smoke them...I want to know if I could of got anything. And I shared most of my cigarettes with up to 50 different people. So yeah someone please tell me if there is anything I could of gotta like herpies or something.

    • ANSWER:
      Possible but not likely, it's even less likely to happen if that person didn't have a cold sore at the time. It's possible if the person you were sharing the smoke with had an open cold sore and you had a smoke directly after they did. Herpes is not passed through body fluids or saliva, it also doesn't last on objects for long periods of time. It's passed when you have direct skin contact with the infected area (ie kissing). Most of the time cold sores are passed on during child hood by being innocently kissed by some one that has cold sores, the same could have happened to you when you were very young. If you all ready have cold sores then you don't have to worry about contracting them again but you shouldn't have any thing to worry about. Even if you don't have cold sores there is very little chance of passing them on this way. You would have a better chance of getting them if you kissed some one on the mouth while they had a visible cold sore.

  22. QUESTION:
    How long does gingivostomatitis last?
    I understand it's a virus and possibly a primary herpes outbreak. I found a link that said 2 weeks, but is that from when they begin not feelign well (which has already been over 2 weeks) or is it from the time sores appear? Or even from the time fever starts (4 days now). My poor little boy is miserable
    His pediatrician offered stronger pain meds if he gets to where he stops eating and drinking, so far we aren;t there and hopefully won;t be. Going through TONS of popsicles though!!

    • ANSWER:
      The fever usually lasts for a few days. The painful mouth sores last 3 to 5 days before they start to get better. It will take about 14 days before the sores completely heal.

      After the mouth sores heal, the virus remains in the body and can become active again. When this happens, usually the sores are not as severe. Sores that return on the lips they are called "cold sores."

  23. QUESTION:
    Can a girl catch herpes from a girl that used the same vibrator with our fluids on it?
    Me and my girlfriend used the same vibrator on each other and our fluids got on it. So i guess we swapped fluids. Now she is texting me and telling that she has herpes 1 and 2 so do you think that i have it to and do you have any info on herpes one and two

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes isn't passed through body fluids like that, also herpes doesn't last for more then seconds after it leaves the body. You would have to pass the vibrator directly between your genitals and to make it more likely your girl friend would have to have a break out.
      All you can do for now is wait and see if you get symptoms or a break out which can take up to 30 days or longer to show up. If you do get a break out then you should get tested and ask your girl friend to get tested to make sure that she has herpes.
      Skin contact means the skin of your genitals or mouth should make contact with a sore / blister or the area affected by herpes to pass it on. Just passing a vibrator isn't skin contact.

  24. QUESTION:
    What type of sickness can my nephew have?
    Okay so i have my nephew and he is 19 year's old.........but lately he has been feeling

    fever's, he has Allot of blister's in his mouth, his legs hurt allot more often the usually, he feels dizzy at time. and his back hurts the most, and it all started with a back-ache.

    so what might he have?

    • ANSWER:
      Is he sexually active? Blisters in his mouth could be cold sores or herpes, or there is a slight possibility it could be syphilis which would be a deeper uglier looking hole in his mouth or genitals. .
      When people first contract HIV they feel like a flue for a short time too.

      It could be his mouth blisters are from something he ate though, or maybe he tried smoking bad crack or ice because that can give a person blisters in their mouths and make them feel dizzy and cause their back to hurt, and a back ache, from dehydration and exposure to the myriad of toxic chemicals that ice is made from. The liver can be overstressed too which makes people feel crummy.

      It could also be that he is having unrelated symptoms, like he might have contracted herpes long ago and its only blistering his mouth now because he's stressed from an infection. If its his kidney he will have a back ache .

      Flush out the kidneys with coconut water (not coconut milk) if you have access to a green coconut the water from that is the very best cure for kidney problems unless its kidney stones. It could also be an infection in his kidney which could require antibiotics. Yet, if it was me first I'd go on a liquid no sugars fast, and drink lots of fresh lemon squeezed into grape juice and water and not eat unless he feels like it. Vegetable soup, fresh fruits, if he can stomach it.
      No cheese or cows milk at all! No fats or meats! NO SUGAR!

      It could even be a kidney stone. Those are disolvable with lots of water and potassium citrate but don't take more than recommended on the bottle as it can cause heart problems if you over do it . Bananas strawberries kiwi tomatoes potatoes are potassium rich foods . Doctors like to make money by doing unnecessary operations on kidney stones. I was lucky to have mine - which made it impossible to bend over from the back pain- cured without any surgery whatsoever using the potassium citrate.

      Probably about the worst thing he could eat right now would be a hot dog and a coke

      If he is in too much pain to get up off the couch or out of bed if you can afford it or have insurance, bring him to the doctor for some tests but its bound to run up a bill.

      When was his last bowel movement is important to know because if it is a toxic reaction to a drug or something he ate he needs to cleanse his colon asap. constipation won"t cause his back to ache but it will stress his body and allow and infection to rage out of control>
      If he hasn't gone for more than 2 days or his evacuation is incomplete you might try some bisacodyl laxitive available over the counter at some drug stores. Its gentle relief. That could cause all the problems too, stressing the body and allowing the herpes to cause sores.

      As you can see it could be a lot of things. Don't assume its any one of these unless he's been exposed to certain things I mentioned.

  25. QUESTION:
    How common is it to catch Cold Sores without kissing?
    My partner has a new job working reno at a hospital. He came home today with a cold sore and neither of us has ever had one before. He thinks he caught it there, but how common would this be? How long the the virus lay on inorganic surfaces? Wouldn't it have to be a bit more direct like I have one, I drink a drink, you drink right after me and now you have one? Either way, I know he's not off kissing someone with a blistered lip (or even a non-blistered one for that matter).

    • ANSWER:
      There are two kinds of infections — primary and recurrent. Although most people get infected when exposed to the virus, only 10 percent will actually develop sores. The sores of a primary infection appear two to twenty days after contact with an infected person and can last from seven to ten days.

      How do you get herpes?

      Most people get Type 1 infections, which cause cold sores, during infancy or childhood. They usually get it from close contact with family members or friends who carry the virus. It can be transmitted by kissing, sharing eating utensils, or by sharing towels. The sores most commonly affect the lips, mouth, nose, chin, or cheeks and occur shortly after exposure. Patients may barely notice any symptoms or find these sores annoying and seek medical attention.

      I suspect I caught mine from Mother-in-law when she lived with us, who had a habit of rinsing a glass out with cold water and putting it back in the cupboard, and frequently had cold sores when doing so!

  26. QUESTION:
    At what point does cold sore stop being contagious?
    I have 3 cold sores on my lips, I got them last tuesday, 2 of them have scabs and one is just like a skin pulled together [so no scub, just a bit red] when exactly can I kiss my boyfriend again?

    • ANSWER:
      As long as they are visible, they are active and contagious.

      Avoid having anyone come into contact with your infection, such as through kissing and oral sex.

      And remember, cold sores are a form of herpes. Herpes labialis is an infection of the lips, mouth, or gums with the herpes simplex virus. It leads to the development of small, painful blisters commonly called cold sores or fever blisters, which is what you have.

      Untreated, the symptoms will generally go away in 1 to 2 weeks. Antiviral medications taken by mouth may help the symptoms go away sooner and decrease pain. Acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir are the three oral treatments currently available.

      Herpes sores often come back again and again. The antiviral medicines work best if you take them when the virus is just starting to come back -- before you see any sores.

      Read more:
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001631/
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/cold-sores-topic-overview

  27. QUESTION:
    How long should it take for a herpe to go away ? I have one under the nose it happens about 4 times a yr?
    Also what is best cure ?

    • ANSWER:
      Assuming by "a herpe" you mean what is commonly called a COLD SORE or FEVER BLISTER (small pus-filled sores around your mouth/nose area that burn, itch, etc)

      A Cold sore is caused by a strain of the Herpes Virus. There is no cure for Herpes, so I regret to say you may continue to get the outbreaks from time to time throughout your life.
      You should take note of what's going on in your life when you get the sores, so you can try to figure out what triggers an outbreak for you.

      For example, you may be under great stress, may be fatigued/exhausted, may have a bad cold/flu, may have spent too long in the sun with no sun screen, or in the wind, or in the cold, etc.
      Finding your triggers may help you avoid an outbreak or two as you stop/change the behavior that encourages the sores to emerge.

      Cold sores often last an average of 7 - 14 days. But that's not a set rule. Yours may last longer or be gone quicker. Some people take/use certain medications they claim have helped heal the sore in as little as 2 days.
      Hasn't happened to me yet, but then I haven't tried all the options out there!

      There are quite a few medications available to ease, soothe and perhaps decrease the length of time the cold sore affects you. There are also a number of "home" remedies that many cold-sore sufferers swear by.

      There are many instructions for the care of a cold sore, which you can discover by doing a search of the phrase "cold sore treat".
      But one thing you MUST note is that the Sore is VERY contagious.
      Wash your hands constantly. Try not to pick at the sore between cleanings / drug applications.
      Don't share towels, toothbrushes, pillows/cases, etc with ANYONE during an outbreak.
      Don't kiss anyone, either. And don't give oral sex at all. ( You could infect your partner with the Herpes Virus. Genital Herpes is a LOT less fun than Cold Sores....which are not fun at all as you know.)

      Again, do a search for the phrase "Cold Sore"
      Some medicines you will come across are:
      Valtrex (prescription required);
      Abreva (non-prescription, expensive) For me, does not relieve the pain or itching, and I can never seem to start treatment at the right time for it to work as promised. Either that or it just doesn't work for me at all!
      Carmex;
      Campho-Phenique;
      Lysine +;

      I am currently at the dried scab stage of a cold sore, and it's been a relatively tame outbreak thanks to ANBESOL, which is actually for Inner-Mouth/Canker sores.
      My pharmacist said it worked better for him than anything else, so I tried it this time. (apply with a q-tip)
      Anbesol helped dry out the sore FAST, but now I am using Campho-Phenique Scab formula for the dry scab.

      Some folks use nail polish remover, some take Lysine supplements, some use cornstarch.

      Just remember, some of these remedies and medications may not work for you.
      And you could also go see your doctor and get some suggestions there.

      Here's a helpful link:
      http://www.ehow.com/tips_2196_1.html

  28. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between canker sores and herpes or there one?
    And can both of them spread herpes during oral sex?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure how canker sores and herpes relate to each other, but here are some helpful ideas to treat your canker sores.

      Keeping in mind that stress brings canker sores, you might want to try a wonderful homeopathic stress remedy called Hylands Calms Forte. Look into it. i love the stuff! i take 1 tablet for nervous anxiety, or 3 to get to sleep when you're restless.

      Excellent OTC tool to try: Kanka. i prefer the one with a brush applicator. It can be found in most drug stores or walmart. i think in time one can build up a tolerance for it, though. the following home remedies work even more effectively.

      I've found some help in a book from the 80s/90s that i swear by. It is called The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies, edited by William Gottlieb...... you don't have to try them all to get better. here ya go:

      **Alert: stubborn sores should be checked out. if it lasts longer than 2 wks, you may need more serious medication.**

      1. products combining glycerine and peroxide are helpful. peroxide releases oxygen and cleans up the bacteria. the glycerine puts on a coating and helps protect the sore. (Gly-Oxide brand name)

      2. apply a wet black tea bag to the ulcer. black tea contains tannin, an astringent that can relieve pain.

      3. dilute 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide in a glass of water and swish it around in your mouth to disinfect the sore and speed healing. (this has worked wonders for me!!)

      4. Alum, from the spice rack, is the active ingredient in a styptic pencil. it's an antiseptic and pain reliever, but it won't completely get rid of your sore.

      5. swish mylanta or milk of magnesia around your mouth and allow it to protectively coat the sore.

      6. goldenseal root. make a strong tea of it and use it as a mouthwash.

      7. AVOID irritation: coffee, spices, citrus fruit, nuts high in the amino acid arginine (esp. walnuts), chocolate, and strawberries. brush your teeth carefully.

      8. eat 4 tbsp of unflavored yogurt a day to send in helpful bacteria to fight off the bad bacteria. (note: maybe just take some acidophilus?)

      9. here's a weird one: take a little earwax from your ear and apply it to the canker sore. it's said to be a sure cure. it may have some antiseptic value, and it may protect the sore.

      10. squeeze vitamin E oil from a capsule onto the sore. repeat several times a day to keep the tissue well-oiled. and at the first tingle of a canker sore, take 500 mg of vit C with bioflavinoids 3 times a day for the next 3 days. (This has helped me!!)

      11. you can't underestimate the power of a little dab of Vicks VapoRub. it numbs pain and speeds healing. just be careful because it isn't meant to be edible.

  29. QUESTION:
    Stomatitus My nephew is freaking out that he has herpes. He keeps saying oh this is gonna be a life Changer?
    He keeps saying oh this is gonna be a life Changer? A few questions. 1. What is it? Is it actually like the sexual Disease or is it a Canvur soar. 2.How long does it last and is it life long? 3. How contageous is it? We are looking for info and he is freaking my parents out with all types of information. You know grandparents. Thanks A lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes comes in two "types." HSV-1 (oral herpes) and HSV-2 (genital herpes)

      #1-Herpes Simplex Virus-1 is Oral Herpes--or usually called "cold sores" or "fever blisters." About 80% of the US population has it, 56% of teens do, and by age 50, about 90% of the population is infected. Most people get it as babies when a relative with the virus kisses them, or in nursery school/kindergarten/elementary school by sharing toys, foods, drinks with others who are infected, or in high school/college by kissing others, sharing drinks, etc. While oral herpes generally affects the mouth, it can be transmitted to the genitals during oral sex. In fact, the largest increase in herpes cases today is from teens performing oral sex.

      #2-The second type is Herpes Simplex Virus-2, which affects the genitals. While it can be spread to the mouth during oral sex, it is rare because the virus prefers the genital area.

      Both oral and genital herpes are contagious and can be transmitted simply by skin-on-skin contact with the lips or anywhere in the "boxer area." Additionally, the virus "sheds," an invisible process that occurs with no visible sores but still can infect others.

      Like most viruses, there is no cure, but there is treatment. Once you are infected the virus remains in the body, where it will occasionally surface causing sores (called "outbreaks). You can suppress the virus with anti-viral meds, such as Valtrex (VERY expensive!) or acyclovir (about for a month's supply). Herpes outbreaks generally last between 5-10 days and can be very painful if they affect the genitals. Primary outbreaks of either type are generally the worst and often require medical treatment.

      Also, there are MANY people who are infected but never show any symptoms ("asymptomatic"). Many cases can be traced to someone who was infected but did not know it.

      Testing for herpes includes taking a viral culture of the actual sores within 24-48 hours of the outbreak. After that point, an IgG type-specific blood test will be given. Because everyone's immune system is different, it can take up to 4 months for a reliable test result that shows you have antibodies for the virus, indicating that you are infected with herpes. Antibodies can show up anywhere between 2 weeks-4 months. In some cases, it has taken 6 months for the antibodies to occur.

      Having herpes is a life changer, because there is always a risk that you will transmit the virus to others. For that reason, it can put a damper on sexual spontaneity. Further, because people generally don't realize it really ISN'T a big deal, those with herpes are inclined to be rejected once their herpes status is known. Herpes also requires attention during childbirth, since untreated Moms can infect the baby if an outbreak occurs during the time she gives birth.

      Having said that, there are married couples with one spouse who has herpes, and the other still does not--after 15+ years of marriage! There are many who are dating, others engaged to, others living with partners who remain herpes negative after long periods of time.

      Your nephew might want to check out the source below for REAL information on herpes by medical experts on the topic. This is NOT spam--it's from the noted Westover Heights (STD) Clinic. Just open the "View Chapters" link and you can read all you want--it's free--as is the pdf download.

      There's also a large community of folks with herpes out there on the second source--Shut Up and Post (created and monitored by "Yoshi"). Your nephew can ANONYMOUSLY communicate with those who have been infected a long time--as well as medical and scientific experts. There is NOTHING he can ask that they won't have an answer for--including questions on dating and "the telling"!

      Time to get educated!

      Hope this helps!

  30. QUESTION:
    Can you get herpes without having sex? What happens if you wake up with bumps on your private?
    Im 17 never had sex or anything the last time I kissed someone let alone had a boyfriend was in the 7th grade. I woke up with bumps on my VJJ. Do I have herpes or something. One bump was filled with puss. VERY CONFUSED

    • ANSWER:
      You don't have herpes.Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It causes herpes sores in the genital area and is transmitted through vaginal, oral, or anal sex, especially from unprotected sex when infected skin touches the vaginal, oral, or anal area. Occasionally, it can cause sores in the mouth, and can be spread by secretions in saliva. Because the virus does not live outside the body for long, you cannot catch genital herpes from an object, such as a toilet seat.

      If you had herpes the symptoms would have shown up 2-20 days after being infected. But, the last time you kissed someone was years ago. So, having herpes is unlikely.

      When girls, or guys, shave their pubic hair, it's not uncommon to get ingrown hairs. Pubic hair tends to be curlier than arm or even head hair, which can lead to ingrown hairs. Which they can be filled with puss. These pesky ingrown hairs can then cause pimples. If a pimple seems to be getting redder, bigger, more tender, or warm, it could be a sign of infection, and you should see a doctor or nurse practitioner.

      To reduce the likelihood and frequency of ingrown hairs, avoid dry shaving, use shaving gel or cream, and shave in the direction your hair grows rather than against it to prevent irritation.

      Hope this helps!

  31. QUESTION:
    Can I give MYSELF genital herpes if I already have oral herpes?
    I have been infected with oral herpes for about 4 months. Recently I was in the bathroom and had a finger in my mouth and then, without thinking, touched myself down below (WAY down, like actually inside the vagina). Could I have spread the oral herpes to my genitals, or is 4 months long enough to build up immunity and keep myself from re-catching it?

    • ANSWER:
      Possible but not likely. Your not likely to pass it by your self to new spots on your own body.
      Herpes doesn't last for more then seconds when it's out side of the body so that would have to happen very quickly. Once you have it in one location you should be less likely to pass it to new locations, but having it for a long time doesn't always give you immunity. I would think 4 months is not long enough.
      You should know most people contract oral herpes during child hood by being innocently kissed by some one that has cold sores, the same thing could have happened to you. If you have had it since child hood then you may have some immunity towards getting it any where else.

  32. QUESTION:
    What can cause blisters on the inner vaginal areas?
    I'm not sexually active and I'm 17. I saw the doctor today as I had thrush, and I have treatment. However the doctor said I also have a small blister, could that be related to thrush? Or could another factor cause this? It's quite painful, does anyone know how long it will last for?
    Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like herpes virus , u can get herpes on your face and mouth , ie ulcers and cold sores, google it...

  33. QUESTION:
    How can you tell the difference between canker sores and oral herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      A canker sore is usually inside the mouth. Oral herpes tend to be on the lips and around the mouth. A cold sore (oral herpe) usually is very tingly and/or painful when it first comes on. The sore will develop within minutes of that first tingly feeling. By the end of the day it will be a huge blister. The blister usually stays for about 4-8 days. If you've never had a cold sore before, it might last longer. It's painful and embarrassing.

  34. QUESTION:
    can you get herpes if you like have a cut on your hand and touch an item like a doorknob that everyone touches?
    can you get an hsv 1 infection if you have cracked hands or a cut in your hands and you touch a doorknob that everyone touches and they might have herpes. so basically can you get herpes by touching items like a doorknob.

    • ANSWER:
      Nope herpes isn't passed through blood, it also doesn't last for long periods of time when it's out side of the body. It's practically impossible to get herpes from an object or toilet seat.
      You would have to kiss some one on the mouth while they had a visible cold sore in order to have any chance of contracting oral herpes.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is the sunburn on my lips regular blisters or herpes?
    There are two blisters, one is giant and swollen and the other is at the corner of my lips. The skin constantly gets crusty and yellowish.my lips have healed alot in a week, im just paranoid that its herpes. All the girls ive dated are prettly clean and dont have any signs of herpes.

    • ANSWER:
      It might be oral herpes. (HSV-1).

      Let me tell you why. Your description of the one in the corner of your mouth being crusty and yellowish fits the description of a healing fever blister.

      Moreover, Oral herpes is an infection of the lips, mouth, or gums due to the herpes simplex virus. It causes small, painful blisters commonly called cold sores or fever blisters. Oral herpes is also called herpes labialis.

      Some people get mouth ulcers when they first come into contact with HSV-1 virus. Others have no symptoms. Symptoms usually occur in kids between 1 and 5 years old.

      Symptoms may be mild or severe.

      They usually appear within 1-3 weeks after you come into contact with the virus. They may last up to 3 weeks.

      Warning symptoms include:

      Itching of the lips or skin around mouth
      Burning near the lips or mouth area
      Tingling near the lips or mouth area

      Before blisters appear, you may have:

      Sore throat
      Fever
      Swollen glands
      Painful swallowing

      Blisters or a rash may form on your:

      Gums
      Lips
      Mouth
      Throat

      Many blisters are called an "outbreak." You may have:

      Red blisters that break open and leak
      Small blisters filled with clear yellowish fluid
      Several smaller blisters may grow together into a large blister
      As the blister heals, it gets yellow and crusty, eventually turning into pink skin

      Symptoms may be triggered by:

      Menstruation or hormone changes
      Being out in the sun
      Fever
      Stress

      If the symptoms return later, they are usually more mild.

      Plus...you or your girlfriends could have had the virus for a long time and never showed symptoms. The virus can establish a latent infection where it hides in one of your nerves and acts like it is asleep. When it wakes up, it attacks...and that's when you have an outbreak.

  36. QUESTION:
    My grandma has herpes. How can I prevent getting it from her?
    She lives with me. I never kiss her on the lips but can I get it from touching something that has touched her sores? She just has cold sores not genital herpes.

    • ANSWER:
      NO you can't get it just from touching things she uses. Unless it goes directly from her mouth to yours like sharing a drink but even that is unlikely to pass any thing because the herpes virus doesn't last for long periods of time out side of the body and it doesn't survive in fluids.
      She would have to kiss you directly on or around the mouth while she has a cold sore in order for you to have any chance of getting it.
      But you could have cold sores all ready, if she kissed you when you were younger then she could have all ready passed it on to you. If you all ready have cold sores you won't be likely to get it again.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to control herpes?
    My boyfriend gets canker sores all year long and often more than one at a time and he is always in discomfort. I know there's no cure for herpes and that cold sores randomly spring up whenever the virus decides to be bothersome, but is there any way at all to control it? Even just a little bit?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry. Gently treat them with any of the following suggestions, and you'll be feeling better within a week.

      Keeping in mind that stress brings canker sores, you might want to try a wonderful homeopathic stress remedy called Hylands Calms Forte. Look into it. i love the stuff! i take 1 tablet for nervous anxiety, or 3 to get to sleep when you're restless.

      Excellent over-the-counter tool to try: Kanka. i prefer the one with a brush applicator. It can be found in most drug stores or walmart. i think in time one can build up a tolerance for it, though. the following home remedies work even more effectively.

      I've found some help in a book from the 80s/90s that i swear by. It is called The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies, edited by William Gottlieb...... you don't have to try them all to get better. here ya go:

      **Alert: stubborn sores should be checked out. if it lasts longer than 2 wks, you may need more serious medication.**

      1. products combining glycerine and peroxide are helpful. peroxide releases oxygen and cleans up the bacteria. the glycerine puts on a coating and helps protect the sore. (Gly-Oxide brand name)

      2. apply a wet black tea bag to the ulcer. black tea contains tannin, an astringent that can relieve pain.

      3. dilute 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide in a glass of water and swish it around in your mouth to disinfect the sore and speed healing. (this has worked wonders for me!!)

      4. Alum, from the spice rack, is the active ingredient in a styptic pencil. it's an antiseptic and pain reliever, but it won't completely get rid of your sore.

      5. swish mylanta or milk of magnesia around your mouth and allow it to protectively coat the sore.

      6. goldenseal root. make a strong tea of it and use it as a mouthwash.

      7. AVOID irritation: coffee, spices, citrus fruit, nuts high in the amino acid arginine (esp. walnuts), chocolate, and strawberries. brush your teeth carefully.

      8. eat 4 tbsp of unflavored yogurt a day to send in helpful bacteria to fight off the bad bacteria. (note: maybe just take some acidophilus?)

      9. here's a weird one: take a little earwax from your ear and apply it to the canker sore. it's said to be a sure cure. it may have some antiseptic value, and it may protect the sore.

      10. squeeze vitamin E oil from a capsule onto the sore. repeat several times a day to keep the tissue well-oiled. and at the first tingle of a canker sore, take 500 mg of vit C with bioflavinoids 3 times a day for the next 3 days. (This has helped me!!)

      11. you can't underestimate the power of a little dab of Vicks VapoRub. it numbs pain and speeds healing. just be careful because it isn't meant to be edible. I really do mean just use a LITTLE TINY BIT, okay? Don't swallow it and make yourself sick!

  38. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of herpes and how contagious is it?
    Can u get it from kissing someone? How fast does it spread?

    • ANSWER:
      When people talk about herpes they are usually either talking about cold sores which appear on the lips and mouth area, or they are talking about genital herpes, which affects the genital area. There are currently 8 different kinds of the herpes simplex virus, which inlcluds chickenpox (herpes simplex virus 3), but cold sores and genital herpes are the most common.

      Genital herpes (typically herpes simplex virus 2) is spread by sex (vaginal, oral, and anal) and by direct skin to skin contact with the genital area (like "dry humping"). A newborn can also be born with it, but this is REALLY rare.

      Cold sores (typically herpes simplex virus 1) is most commonly spread by being kissed by someone who has cold sores. Cold sores are VERY common. I have read about 75-80% of the world has them. A person can also get cold sores by sharing a drink with someone who has them, sharing chapstick, lipstick, even cigarettes. Basically almost anything the person with cold sores has had their lips or mouth on.

      The primary outbreak of genital herpes tends to last longer and be more severe than subsequent (recurrent) outbreaks. Symptoms of a primary outbreak may include:
      * Flulike symptoms, such as fever, headache, and muscle aches. These symptoms usually get better within a week.
      * Tingling, burning, itching, and redness at the site where an outbreak is about to occur (prodrome).
      * Painful, itchy blisters on the penis, on the vulva, or inside the vagina. Blisters may also appear on the anus, buttocks, thighs, or scrotum, either alone or in clusters. They may be barely noticeable or as large as a coin.
      * Blisters that break and become shallow, painful, oozing sores.
      * Swollen and tender lymph nodes in the groin.
      * Painful urination.
      * Abnormal vaginal or urethral discharge.
      http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/hw270613/te3045;_ylt=AuY7pzlNxgCa_QY373tZAbLXNLUF

      Cold sores are blisters on the lips and edge of the mouth that are caused by an infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Cold sore blisters usually break open, weep clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after a few days. Other symptoms may include:
      * Sore mouth that makes eating, drinking, and sleeping uncomfortable. Cold sores can be painful.
      * Fever.
      * Sore throat.
      * Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
      * Drooling in small children.
      http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/hw31977/hw31982;_ylt=AqoHuRLkg4qboqW4RjF.tRXogrMF

  39. QUESTION:
    I have a cold sore/herpes on my mouth? If I touch my penis will I get genital herpes?
    I am only 16 and am really annoyed as to how I have oral herpes considering I have engaged in no sexual acts with another person in all my life. Please help, oral herpes is touch enough, the last thing I want is blisters on my balls!

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, it's possible to spread it to your genitals. Don't touch the cold sore unless you are applying a medication to it and always wash your hand afterwards. Also don't use the same towel to dry your face and crotch as the herpes virus can live outside the body for short periods of time. Don't worry, I've been getting cold sores all my life and I've managed to avoid transferring it :-) As long as you're careful you should be fine.

  40. QUESTION:
    Help have these little cold sores in my mouth?
    After smoking weed. Okay So I smoked weed for the first time Monday night. I was with my friend and two other guys. We all shared a metal pipe . I felt little cold sores the next day. I smoked weed for the second time yesterday and I got another cold sore. I've gotten similar cold sores like these before I starting smoking weed though. Help is this normal? Please don't come her to lecture me I'm just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      If the sores are on the inside of your mouth then they could be just canker sores. These are slightly itchy, raised white lesions that like to affect the soft parts of the inside of the mouth. Canker sores are not related to herpes.
      Cold sores like to affect the out side of the mouth occurring on or around the lips.
      Smoking week can lower your immune system which can trigger a cold sore to break out. You're not likely to get a cold sore from sharing a pipe. You would have to pass the pipe directly from some one that had a cold sore to your mouth. The cold sore virus doesn't last for long periods of time when it's out side of the body.
      Cold sores are more often passed during child hood by being innocently kissed by some one that has cold sores. This could have happened to you so you could have had cold sores for a very long time.
      Both cold sores and canker sores are common to have. But cold sores are contagious so don't kiss any one or give oral sex until this completely heals. You can always see a doctor to find out if they are cold sores or canker sores.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is this a typical allergic reaction or is it herpes?
    My son is 18, when he drinks milk, or some brands of ice cream, and use crest toothpaste.. and chapstick of all kinds...

    his lips would swell up the next day and secrete a sticky liquid. and a rash would appear around his mouth. one or two tiny bumps appear. nothing painful. but he says its an irritating sensation in and around his lips.
    after a few days his lips would be really dry and cracked, the irritating feeling remains. the dry lips lasts a very long time, takes a week or two .. sometimes up to a month to heal depending on how much milk he drank.
    hes had this for 2 years now, it re-occurs when he drinks milk/anything with alot of milk in it, and uses certain brands of toothpaste. hes freaking out, and im worried, but does herpes re-occur from milk and toothpaste? thats all we really need to do.. he already tries to stay away from the stuff, but he was having tea the other day and little did he know it had alot of milk in it.

    • ANSWER:
      it does sound like an allergy. Herpes on the mouth often involves cold sores. He should still get checked out by a doctor.

      http://www.simplexlove.com/herpes-pictures/ here are some pictures of oral herpes. Hope it helps.

  42. QUESTION:
    If I have herpes 1 and 2 do my children need to be tested?
    And also could brushing my teeth, showering, using the rest room be a problem within my household?

    • ANSWER:
      No, herpes doesn't last for long periods of time when it's away from the body. Sharing the bathroom won't spread herpes. It's almost always passed on through skin to skin contact like kissing, having oral sex or sexual intercourse. It's very rare to get herpes from an object.
      Your children might have contracted HSV1, it's what causes cold sores and can easily be passed on by kissing if you have it on the mouth. Don't kiss your children when you have a cold sore on your mouth. Cold sores are very contagious during an out break and can be easily passed onto children by kissing them.
      HSV2 is not passed through genetics but it there is a small chance of passing it on when the baby comes through the birth canal. But this rarely happens.
      If you feel the need to then get them tested so you know their status.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can you spread genital herpes to your own face by touching your privates and then touching your face?
    I'm pretty positive I have genital herpes, and have been worried that I haven't been washing my hands well enough, and am paranoid I might have spread it to my face???

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible but not all that likely to happen. You would have to touch a blister / sore down stairs then with in seconds touch your mouth. The herpes virus doesn't last for more then seconds when it's away from the body.
      You may want to get tested to make sure you have genital herpes or not.
      You should know most people all ready have cold sores / fever blisters (this is caused by oral herpes HSV1) and they are usually contracted during child hood. If you do get a cold sore you could have had it for a long time.

  44. QUESTION:
    how long does herpies bacteria last on a bottle?
    if someone has herpies and drinks from a glass bottle and then i drink from the same bottle the next day can i get herpies? how long does the bacteria live on the bottle till its safe to drink from with out getting herpies?

    • ANSWER:
      Not for more then seconds. Herpes doesn't live for long periods of time when it's away from the body and it doesn't survive in fluids. So you don't have a big chance of getting herpes from a bottle. Just don't share a drink with some one while they have a visible cold sore. The bottle would have to go directly from their mouth to yours in order to have any chance of getting herpes that way.
      By the way herpes is caused by a virus, not bacteria.

  45. QUESTION:
    my girlfriend is prone to cold sores. could her giving me oral sex cause her to have an outbreak?
    if so does this mean i have herpes? i myself have never had a cold sore.The reason i ask is she had a cold sore which went after a few days. she gave me oral sex and the next day she had two new cold sores.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd be less concerned about her having more outbreaks and more concerned about you getting herpes.

      It's possible to get herpes from someone from oral sex. If she has oral herpes, she can give you the virus (I believe oral herpes is HSV2. Genital is HSV1. If I'm not mistaken.). Granted, if you get HSV2 it's not likely to last long because oral herpes doesn't thrive in the genitals just like genital herpes doesn't thrive well in the mouth.

      But still, it's not fun. You get bumps and blisters and burning and it's just not very pleasant. It's not likely to come back, but if it does, it'll be there with a vengeance.

  46. QUESTION:
    What are your oral herpes symptoms?
    For you all who has oral herpes/cold sore/fever blister and got your true first outbreak (means you didnt have HSV-1 and HSV-2 antibodies beforehand). How painful/severe was the symptom, how long, and what were the recurrences like? How long before the recurrences gets less? Did you have to be hospitalized/off from work?

    • ANSWER:
      u don't have to be hospitalized unless its a really bad outbreak but most outbreaks can be taken care of with meds at home. for me i first got oral herpes which are cold sores. usually i would get dry skin around my mouth, then kind of a tingleling or itchy sensasion, then the cold sore would appear. my cold sores usually last for about 3-5 days if i'm using something like Abreva or Lipactin to help heal them.
      i didn't realise i had genital herpes (HSV2) until i had a painful and itchy outbreak of little blisters, they went away eventually in about 8 days and i thought i was fine. until i got a second outbreak of open sores (lesions) then i went to my family doctor toget tested and the results came back posative. the second time around i recognised the symptoms and they were just as painful as the first. i had the warm unpleasent tingeling sensation, burning when i pee, itching and pain at the same time so badly at that sometimes i couldn't sleep.
      i'm on valtrex so my outbreaks are not as severe now and i've only had two really bad outbreaks and hope to never expereince another one. luckily my outbreaks came when i had some time off so i didn't have to take time off from work but i think i would have for the first few days called in siick or something. u don't have to be hospitalized since it is not life threatening.
      by the way hsv1 and hsv2 are caused by the same herpes virus they just appear in different locations. just because u have oral herpes does not mean that u will automatically get genital herpes but u can if u have a cold sore because they can be transfered to your genitals.

  47. QUESTION:
    can you get herpes from sharing a hookah hose?
    what are the chances of catching herpes when sharing a hookah hose amongst some people at a party. I'm terrified that I might have contracted something.

    • ANSWER:
      The hose would have to go directly to your mouth from some one with an open cold sore on their mouth. This would have to happen very quickly. Herpes doesn't like to last for more then seconds on objects or in open air. If you do get a cold sore you could have contracted them long before sharing the hookah hose. Most of the time cold sores are passed during child hood by being innocently kissed by some one that has cold sores.

  48. QUESTION:
    What vitamin can 18 year old girls take when they're tired and head hurts? Some good eating habits?

    • ANSWER:
      For energy you should take Complex vitamin B's probably the time release formula so they last all day. Also if you feel "down" you may need Vitamin D, but we get Vitamin D from the sun for free in the summer. If you aren't allergic to bees royal jelly works great! and I take red Korean ginseng cause I'm allergic to bees.

      You will notice when you take the complex b vitamins your pee will be like glowing radioactive yellow hahaha its normal its just your body getting rid of excess vitamins. for headaches i dunno if vitamins will help directly but I'm sure if you got all your vitamins and minerals you would get less of them... if you smoke than stay away from Vitamin A (Retinol, Beta-Carotene) it will speed up lung cancer... if you dont smoke you can take beta-carotine or retinol to help your eyes (low doses!! vitamin A is very dangerous) As a Woman you should be taking your calcium daily as well... even tho you are 18 you should still supplement yourself. magnesium is good to take daily as it is deficient in our soil. potassium as well is good.. potassium will help your muscles feel less tense and you wont get muscle cramps.

      Basically id say you need to take:

      Complex Vitamin B Time Release Formula - for your energy and all around health and vigor
      Vitamin D (only if you live outside of Canada... or if you are not in the sun alot) - For your overall happiness, and health
      Calcium - any woman should supplement calcium

      Royal Jelly - for long lasting energy and increased stamina
      OR If you are allergic to bees then take
      Red Korean Ginseng - for energy and brain function - take in the morning

      Fish Oil - Helps your brain heal and has omega-3 and some have omega-6 as well

      these vitamins and minerals do alot more than ive listed. always ask your doctor or even better ask the pharmacist about them they know A LOT more about vitamins and minerals than your doctor knows. also make sure you take calcium and ask the pharmacist about magnesium deficient soil in your area. potassium too is deficient in most soil.

      so ask your doctor or pharmacist about potassium, magnesium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A before you start taking them. the rest are ok to take... make sure you eat something fatty before you take vitamins they need a tiny bit of fat to be absorbed before you take them. and you dont have to follow the doses on the bottles... i usually take half of the recommended doses unless it says one pill a day.. never break the pills in half unless there are lines on the pill.

      and finally enjoy life the way you are supposed to feel... vitamins and minerals arent drugs they will make you feel GREAT im tellin you. i take like 13 or 14 different supplements a day and people laugh at me and say im crazy but im never sick, im strong as hell and cut, smart and as quick as a whip. I was lazy, bored with life, constantly had that feeling of being in a slump even though i wasn't... vitamins and minerals taken properly changed me forever. i quit smoking, quit drinking and did really good for once in school. your love life will increase too... it will turn you into a tiger im tellin you hahaha hope that helps

      *** response to other answers ***
      Do not drink tea... caffeine gives people headaches... and tea speeds up osteoporosis in women even a small amount is bad. Anemia is only determined by your doctor and the symptoms are similar to a lot of problems. iron is VERY dangerous... this is why the pharmacist keeps all iron supplements behind the counter... iron will upset stomachs every time you take it... it also messes with digestion and turns your feces black... I have to take iron daily... i wouldnt wish it upon anyone who didnt need it... if you get sores around your mouth that last for months (not herpes or cold sores) and you bruise very easilly (like everyday you have a new bruise and they last for a long time) should you consider if you have anemia.... are you really skinny and cant gain weight or really big and cant lose it? these are issues of anemia... and one shouldn't even think about iron unless your doctor says so or you have fungal or bacterial sores around or in your mouth for months(once again not herpes or cold sores)

  49. QUESTION:
    How well does abreva work?
    I just got a cold sore on saturday morning and i didnt realize what it was til sunday, i went to a local drugstore and got some abreva, ive been applying it 5 times a day... How well does it work? How fast? And how long do cold sore breakouts usually last?
    I really want it to go away soon because a lot of people at my school say ive got stds but i dont.. its just the herpes on your mouth, not the genital kind.. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Abreva works really well. To help it along, clean the cold sore with hydrogen peroxide. This will remove the pus on top and allow the Abreva to get in there and do a better job. Good Luck, hope it heals soon. BTW, are all the people at your school morons?

  50. QUESTION:
    Pimples in the back of the throat? How to get rid of them?!?!?
    I had the cold for a few days and my fever died down and suddenly for the past 2-3 days, I've been having sore throat. Today, I looked at the back of my mouth and saw these weird looking pimples thing. Everytime I swallow, it'll hurt like crazy. Including drinking.
    What's the best way to get rid of these things or heal it so it doesn't hurt? How long do they last?
    Did some research and it could be tonsillitis?

    No it's not herpes...

    • ANSWER:
      Girgle some warm salt water once or twice every day. Sounds crazy, doesn't taste good, but it helps.

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