I just might go see a doctor to see what they say and cross my fingers that they wont take blood. Thank you everyone for the advice and telling me your experiences. Its always nice to know your not the only one dealing with it!
There's no cure for them, whether they be the type around your mouth or genital. There are different types of the virus, though, so the ones you get around your mouth aren't the same as genital herpes. You should see a doctor, but one thing (that you don't need a perscription for) you can take to prevent outbreaks of them around your mouth is take lysine, a supplement. You're supposed to take it as needed, before you feel a sore coming on. I'm sure your doctor can give you more information about it. Best of luck!
maybride- i do take lysine and i took it this morning as soon as i felt it so i hope it helps a little. I know that there is no cure all i am looking for are ideas of what other people have done to prevent, heal, and help with the pain.
i have never had to have a blood test done to see if i have the virus, i have gone in to the dr when having an outbreak and talked to see what s/he can do for me. there are many treatments and one might work for someone but not another. i know lots of people that have used abreva and it works for them, i used it once and never worked again. right now i use campho-phenique, there are two one that dries and one to soften the scabs. this is basically the only thing that has helped in all the things that i have tried. there was a time it didnt work at all but then the dr prescribed something else to try. you just really need to call a dr if its bothering you and see what they say. i dont believe they will have you take a blood test, i am 25 had them all my life and never had a blood test to see if i had the virus. Also i get them around my mouth, have had them near my nose and grown to almost my chin, the drs have asked if i got it in my eye, which good thing has not happend. i wish you good luck in finding something that works. they could be heredity but i am the only person that gets them as often as i do, others in my family once or twice a year.
Herpes are not hereditary, but whether you express the virus (get sores), just carry it, or never get it may be herediatary. My dad's side of the family expresses herpes while my mom's side doesn't. I'm lucky in that I have never had an outbreak, but I'm probably a carrier since both my dad and my FH have it. Herpes on the mouth spreads easily in families because people share drinks, kiss (not intimately necessarily), and generally share germs. That said, it can be spread without body contact, but its difficult. When you actively have sores, that is when the virus is most likely to be spread. Starting school is a huge stress, even if you perceive it as a good thing. Herpes can be diagnosed when sores are showing or through blood tests. Acyclovir is the most commonly used drug to treat herpes, although valtrex is also used. These drugs are very hard on the kidneys, so it is important to take them only as your doctor perscribes them.
You can get the type 2 version, commonly refered to as genital, on your mouth (also in your eyes which can make you blind so be really really careful whenever and wherever you have sores). It is more frequent and painful. Type 1, or oral, can also appear anywhere. The blood test will tell if you have antibodies to herpes, and which type one or two. But a lot of people have antibodies because they have been exposed to someone with herpes, (ie their aunt kissed them and she had a cold sore) which doesn't necessarily mean that you will get outbreaks. Megan
If you get a prescription from your doctor, it will almost undoubtedly work well and give you a new lease on life! I've heard that Valtrex is the most effective med invented so far. I searched online and found the site ; according to the site, it is used for all types of herpes, so ask your doc for a prescription (and a full and thorough physical examination).
Its weird that people say they are so contagious. Thats why i ask if it was heritary because having them all through my life i dont remember my dad or brother and I getting them around the same time but i do remember that in Highschool the girl who had a locker next to me we would seem to get them around the same time. Well i think i better get to a doctor to get some medicine for so at least i have it at the wedding and i probably should go now since i might not get one again.
Well it can be a little confusing. The virus is contagious. You get it from someone who is currently having an outbreak, for instance, your dad. The really early period of time just before a person realizes they are having an outbreak is said to be the most common time for passing it on (since the contagious person doesn't realize it's happening and so they aren't careful like they would be when they have a full-blown cold sore). So, a person who's in the very early stages of an outbreak would still be kissing their sweet children and unwittingly passing it on. That's why it tends to run in families.
But, contagious doesn't mean you'll get an outbreak when someone around you gets one. Girls tend to menstruate about the same time, especially when they are in daily social contact, and the hormonal changes cause outbreaks. So, you didn't "get it from" her, but just coincidentally were probably going through similar things that caused outbreaks in each of you. Also, people have a hard time keeping their hands away from these, because they're so painful and aggravating. If you were exposed to her viral outbreaks and germs in the same way you catch a cold (touching the same door knobs etc), your body would respond by having an outbreak. But you weren't "recontracting" the virus again. Also, just having colds cause the body to respond with outbreaks, hence the name "cold sore." You both might have been exposed to cold viruses at the same time. Happens a lot at school! Interestingly, some foods cause outbreaks: pork, esp. bacon, chocolate, orange juice, etc. The lunchroom might have served a food that you were both sensitive to! Hope all of that makes sense.
By the way, I've heard that multiple sclerosis is caused by a different type of herpes virus. Viruses are mean. I wish they didn't exist!
Just to clarify...genital herpes and oral herpes are old news. Now it is either herpes type 1 or type 2. You can get either type in either place. And now research says that the virus can be spread at any time...not just during an outbreak. So..go to your doc and talk about prevention. Some people carry the virus but never have outbreaks too. But I'm sure you don't want to transfer them to anywhere on FH if you haven't already...nor do you want him transfering the virus to anywhere else on you.
michelle- very good information and now that you said that you get it around the time you menstruate this could be the cause of why i have one now. I use to be very bad about not touching it and licking it but i soon learned that they spead a lot more this way and they would be all over my lips so i am very careful about not touching and puting abreva on with a q-tip. Angel- We are very careful about this but since you are most contagious before you break out this is what causes problems. He has never had a break out anywhere on his body his whole life so i assume he is not a carrier.
Angel has clarified some good points. A person can be contagious at any time, not just when they're having outbreaks. It's been really hard for the medical community to pin that down, since it's different with each infected person. Stronger immune systems mean fewer outbreaks, and can also mean a person is a carrier without ever having outbreaks, but they can pass it on!
In any case, daily meds are not necessary for someone who only gets them occasionally. But, that's a good option for people who feel like they get them way too frequently. Studies are currently being done to see if taking a daily med will prevent uninfected partners from contracting the virus. That would be a breakthrough. Some studies have shown that might be a possibility, but it's not conclusive yet.
I get cold sores quite often when my lips dry out. I carry around a tube off vasaline with me. That way when my lips start feeling dry I can put it on cuz if I dont & they go afew hours without when they are screaming at me telling me they are too dry I will end up with a cold sore.
I may be a bit late but I thought I'd share my knowledge...I have get cold sore(fever blisters) all of my life and the only thing that I've found that will help is called Lysidophilus. I can usually feel a fever blister coming and I immediately take 2 or 3 lysidophilus and it helps prevent it from surfacing or at least keeps it small if it does surface. If you go to yahoo.com and search for "Lysidophilus and Friends", a store.yahoo link will show up and that is where you can order this stuff. You can even take this medicine daily and it will help prevent getting cold sores. I usually take them regularly during summer months, when I get them more, and it helps me not get them as much. Hope this helps as it's been a saving grace for me for 26 years!
I have a story to share and it may either scare you or make some of you sick. I am 24 years old and when I was pregnant with my second child I contracted what my doctor called bacterial herpes (type 1 or type2, I don't know) I didn't get it from anyone that I know I got it from dirty silverware and a resteraunt in my hometown.I have never gotten a cold sore on the outside of my mouth or lips instead I get white bumps and what feels like cuts on my cheeks the roof of my mouth,tongueunder my tongue and down my throat. My mouth swells and I can barely talk, the first time it happened my throat nearly swelled shut and I was hospitalized for a month, my son now has it although he has never broken out with it,they tested him when he was born. I usually break out once a year and take valtrex and gargle salt water and some other prescription mouth wash and I get put on a liquid diet until it goes away. Yall seem to know quite a bit about herpes so will someone please tell me exactly what this is that I have other than a bacterial infection.Oh yea the resturant was closed down because of me. I urge all of you please be careful where you eat and always look at your dinnerware before you eat off of it, I take my own now, so does my family. Some people say it rude but I say I'm being safe.