STD Symptoms: Fever Blisters

May 9th, 2011  |  Published in STD Symptoms & Signs

Signs and Symptoms of STDs: Fever Blisters

Oral herpes, a sexually transmitted disease, often causes fever blisters. Oral herpes causes fever blisters on lips, around the mouth, or even the nose or face. Fever blisters are also known as cold sores.

Oral herpes and Genital Herpes Cause Similar Symptoms

Oral herpes, caused by herpes simplex virus 1, can commonly cause a fever blisters on the lips. The genital herpes virus, herpes simplex virus 2, can cause lesions or sores on the genitals, but genital herpes can also cause symptoms on the mouth or face when transferred during oral sex.

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How Do People Get Herpes? Herpes Transmission Methods

November 16th, 2010  |  Published in STD Questions & Answers

Approximately 16% of the U.S. population has herpes, but how is it transmitted?

The viruses HSV-1 and HSV-2, which are responsible for oral and genital herpes respectively, can be found in the sores that the viruses cause. When the sores are visible and an outbreak is apparent, the virus is highly transmissable via skin-to-skin contact on the infected area. The virus can also be spread even without visible sores, as it may be present in the skin before visual outbreaks occur.

Herpes can also be transmitted from an infected individual even when there is no visible sore or apparent symptoms. An indivual may contract and pass both forms of herpes without ever knowing they have it.

Herpes 1, which is generally known to cause cold sores, can also cause genital herpes of the type 1 variation, but it more generally causes infection of the mouth and lips. These are known as cold sores or fever blisters. HSV-1 infection in the genitals can be caused by oral to genital or genital to genital contact with an HSV-1 infected individual. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks are much rarer than general HSV-2.

Treating Cold Sores With Lysine

September 23rd, 2010  |  Published in Oral Herpes Management

What causes Cold Sores?

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) causes Cold Sores, also known as Fever Blisters. These sores can show up on the lips or genital area. They can be painful and highly contagious. The cold sore begins with itching, burning, pain, and becomes fluid filled. Eventually, it bursts and heals in about two weeks. Genital sores caused by HSV are transmitted through any sexual activity. Hence, they are part of the sexually transmitted disease testing panel. HSV1 causes cold sores that are around the lips and HSV2 is sexually transmitted virus that affects the genitalia.

Treating Cold Sores With Lysine

Medical Research studies have shown that people who have cold sores have an imbalance in their diet of two important amino acids. And this imbalance is between amino acids arginine and lysine; people get cold sores when their arginine level is too high and lysine is low. Arginine aids in the growth of the HSV virus. It is recommended that people who frequently get cold sores may want to take over the counter Lysine tablets daily. Lysine may help reduce the frequency of breakouts and may also shorten the time of breakouts. Always consult your physician before taking any over the counter medications, but lysine has shown to help people control their cold sore breakouts better. It is not a cure for HSV but it is a preventative measure that you can take that is relatively cheap and easy to do daily.

Changing Your Diet Can Your Reduce Cold Sores

Diets enriched with arginine should be reduced or eliminated if you have the HSV virus and are prone to breakouts. Foods high in arginine are chocolate, peanuts, nuts, grains, peas, seeds, oatmeal, and whole-wheat products. Coffee and excessive sun exposure also can increase the frequency of cold sore breakouts. So avoid  arginine rich foods and take a Lysine tablet daily to reduce the embarrassing Cold Sores.