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Fever blisters, or cold sores, are an infection with the type 1 or Type 2 herpes simplex virus (HSV-1, HSV-2). The herpes simplex virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth and travels into the nerve for the lip. It's been estimated that 65% of the US population has this infection (I do not have worldwide data). ...


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It seems to me that you are looking for solid risk numbers, which I am afraid might not be available. This is just a summary of the basic facts that play into this likelihood. For example, what is the likelihood when the partner is asymptomatic vs symptomatic So-called "asymptomatic shedding", when the virus can be transmitted despite the carrier not ...


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The herpes virus responsible for chickenpox, Varicella zoster lays dormant in nerves after the chickenpox outbreak. Shingles (called herpes zoster) break out in the region affected by that nerve or nerves, which is also why shingles are usually restricted to one body side (as nerves don't cross the spine). [NHS page on shingles] Spreading the virus to ...


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Original answer You are already infected. The HSV is indeed dormant in your body. It keeps trying to get out, till your immune system is off guard and it will present as a cold sore. So when you don't have a cold sore your immune system is in control and you can't get "more infected" by your wife. So you can kiss without worries. The next ...


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There are several types of HSV tests, with varying benefits and drawbacks. To address your questions regarding the antibody test: Can it detect an inactive infection: Yes. The antibody test isn't actually looking for the virus, it's looking for signs that your body has responded to an infection and produced antibodies for it. As such, infections in the past ...


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HSV1 and HSV2 are different strains of the Herpes simplex virus. They both can lead to oral or genital infection. The reason they are usually known as oral (HSV1) and genital (HSV2) herpes are that the majority of genital herpes cases used to be from HSV2. However, this has been changing and now HSV1 is the more dominant genital infection at least in some ...


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Two things that come to mind: Unlike COVID-19, the herpes virus does not completely shut down society. So there's much more incentive and hence funding to finding a vaccine for COVID-19. We already have researched (but not completed) vaccines for other corona-type diseases like SARS and MERS, and luckily this knowledge helped in accelerating the process of ...


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Topical products are applied directly to a part of the body, whereas other products are administered in other (more specific) ways. For example, oral products are used in or around the mouth. Snuff is a smokeless tobacco made from ground or pulverised tobacco leaves. Snuff is dry and usually consumed via the nasal route (via the nose) by sniffing it. In the ...


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Estimating the risk of communication of two members of the herpesvirus family (Herpesviridae) in this context is very difficult to answer, not only because of lack of research, but because of the many possible environmental factors. Nevertheless, HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus) survives for short periods of time outside the host (1). It can survive on dry ...


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HSV-2 can be spread by skin-to-skin contact, so a condom offers limited protection. https://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.htm Also, herpes virus can be released (shed) from areas of the skin that do not have a visible herpes sore. For these reasons, condoms may not fully protect you from getting herpes.


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I think it is a form of tobacco. Since the main etiology for squamous cell carcinoma is tobacco consumption. Tobacco and alcohol are the two most important known risk factors for the development of oral cancer. Reference Here is an article Herpes simplex virus (HSV) may enhance the development of oral carcinoma in individuals who are already at increased ...


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Based on the history, oral herpes would present with a history of oral-to-oral contact or oral-to-genital contact with someone with an active herpes infection. Canker sores generally have idiopathic and multifactorial causes such as local trauma, emotional or physiologic stress, allergy or sensitivity, or nutritional deficiencies Based on the physical exam, ...


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Mucoceles can rupture. Usually that will resolve them though. If it persists, it needs a doctor most likely. You can find more details on that here and explanation of what a doctor would do for one that isn't resolving after rupture. http://www.steadyhealth.com/medical-answers/oral-lesions-oral-mucocele-and-canker-sores


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Both alcohols, ethyl and isopropyl, can kill several bacteria in 10 seconds or fewer in the lab, including Staph aureus, Strep pyogenes, E. coli, Salmonella typhosa, and Pseudomonas species, some of the bad actors in infections. For M. tuberculosis, it may take as long as five minutes of contact.  Many, but not all, viruses are goners, too, like HIV, ...


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This is certainly possible, however unlikely. It is also not possible to determine the probability that you would be infected. The person have a visible infection at the time of the event. This would further reduce the probability of infection. Symptoms can appear one to three weeks after infection. Alternatively a blood test can detect if you are ...


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According to the CDC it depends if the virus is active or not, and they define active as: A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious. The CDC also comments on transmission risk of ...


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It is not possible to tell what actions led to the thigh infection, because there are multiple possible actions that could. Explanation: Close bodily contact of any kind can transmit herpes. That is, the virus jumps from an infected person to another person by close bodily contact (i.e. rubbing of some type). If someone was engaged in a sexual act with ...


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