Cold Sores

Discussion in 'General Science & Technology' started by Orleander, Nov 12, 2007.

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  1. Lily Registered Member

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    You can indeed have Herpes Simplex Type 1 or Type 2 on your lip. Also vice versa.

    Type 2 is the most commonly sexually transmitted type....therefore it carries the label of STD.

    Both are contagious and both are painful.

    I have never heard such as a baby only having a 50 / 50 chance....I am pretty certain this is grossly incorrect!!!!! Although, treatment should be done immediately.
     
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  3. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    I don't mind you questioning my facts. I should really have given a link. I can't find the actual article I read re the 50/50 figures, but this one will give you some idea of the problems:
    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/118/6/e1612


    Babies do not develop their own immunity for a while after birth, so they are very susceptible to acquired diseases.
     
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  5. Mickmeister Registered Senior Member

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    Both are also treated with the same medications. I have cold sores on the center of my upper lip. Cold sores are treated with the same medications that HSV-2 are treated with.
     
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  7. machaon Registered Senior Member

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    Thank GOD they put a black strip over that baby's eyes.
     
  8. K.FLINT Devil's advocate :D Registered Senior Member

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    A cold sore does not necessarily mean herpes.

    The Varicella-Zoster virus is responsible for: Cold Sores, Chickenpox and Shingles. Once you have it in a particular place it opens up channels through the skin. Most times a pimple will also appear on a regular basis in the same area. Dirt and the grease from your skin and what not takes the least path of resistance and ends up in or near the same place most of the time.
     
  9. Varda The Bug Lady Valued Senior Member

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    I had a long discussion about this in the past. We came up with several sources and concluded that oral herpes (HSV1) CAN be trasmitted to the genitals, and it happens 10% of the times

    I'll do the research again later today, if i can be arsed
     
  10. Gustav Banned Banned

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    mm
    mmmmmmm
    and what an arse that is!
    i like to avail myself for arsing

    gustav
    always at your service
     
  11. Zyxoas Registered Senior Member

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    See, I told you guys! :blbl: :itold:
     
  12. Varda The Bug Lady Valued Senior Member

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    btw, i have lip herpes
    i wonder what percentage of sciforumers also do
     
  13. K.FLINT Devil's advocate :D Registered Senior Member

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    Ewwww

    Last year a lady friend of mine got Gonorrhea in her nose and throat from oral. So be on the look out cause you NEVER know.
     
  14. madanthonywayne Morning in America Staff Member

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    You can get "cold sores" on your eyelids or even your cornea. We just don't call them cold sores. We call it herpetic keratitis.

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    The green branching pattern of stain shows the area affected by the herpes virus. If spreads from cell to cell creating the branching pattern you see here.
     
  15. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    ?? and what do you do for it? Meds?
    And how does the person know they have it?
     
  16. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    About one in five will stay completely free of the virus.
    Seven or Eight out of ten will have occasional to rare attacks.
    (and will probably claim to others that they have never had a cold sore. Liars!)
    Two or Three out of ten will have more frequent attacks.

    Its a very successful virus.
     
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  17. K.FLINT Devil's advocate :D Registered Senior Member

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    info

    Meds?, there are some creams and such one possible cure is undergoing testing check it out here. http://www.emedicine.com/MED/topic2361.htm

    And how does the person know they have it? get checked.
     
  18. madanthonywayne Morning in America Staff Member

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    Generally, a red eye and a feeling like there's something in your eye. Initial outbreaks are usually easily treated with Viroptic. But in some patients you get multiple recurrences that can lead to scaring and be more difficult to manage. Here's an eye with scarring from recurrent herpetic keratitis:

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    Notice how hazy the cornea is. The best vision was only 20/200.
    Here's the same guy after a corneal transplant:

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    His vision improved to 20/25
     
  19. Mickmeister Registered Senior Member

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    Even though it's advertised for genital herpes, Valtrex is extremely effective for cold sores. I have taken it for cold sores on my lip and they are gone within 1 day. You have to catch it initially when it is starting to form, otherwise it will not be effective once the cold sore is in its full form.
     
  20. Varda The Bug Lady Valued Senior Member

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    aciclovir heals cold sores completely in 5-7 days
     
  21. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    I meant the eye disease guys. Not regular ol cold sores.
    Thanks MadAnthony for answering my question.
     
  22. hpostive Registered Member

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    I'm not sure if any of you have answered this accurately!

    HSV 1 & 2 are spread by skin to skin contact. That means you can have HSV 1 down there and HSV 2 up there. Many medical professionals are not up to date on the facts of this disease and you will hear several different messages from more than one professional. Regardless, it's a herpes sore and is contagious to any part of your body. The only way to determine which it is, is through a swab test. A blood test will only tell you which version, if not both, of the types of antibodies found. It cannot tell you where the origination of it is from. So unless you have been cultured, which are often false negatives, you cannot know which type you have and where. There is also viral shedding that can be transmittable even without sores. So if you have oral sex with someone that gets cold sores, even they do not have an active sore, it can transmitted to your genital area. The place of the sore is not a 100% sign of which type you have. This is coming from someone who has done extensive research because I have it. Both types, only confirmed by blood test. I almost positive I have an active sore right on the tip of my nose! It could be HSV 2 for all I know. I don't care, because it doesn't matter at this point. It's a sore, is a sore, is a sore! HERPES sore! Oh yeah, there are canker sores and cold sores. Cold sores are HERPES!
     
  23. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    Welcome to the forum and we appreciate your first hand knowledge on this subject. I find it very interesting what motivates someone to make a first post on the forum. You obviously have strong feelings on this subject. I would be very interested in how long you have been dealing with this problem and at what age did you get infected and how has it impacted and changed your life from your point of view?
     
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