Herpes Type 1- What is HSV-1 Type 1 Herpes?

Posted on 22 March 2011

Herpes type 1 is what is more commonly known as cold sores or fever blisters. It is amazing how many people actually are carriers for the antibodies of this virus.

Up to 80% of Americans are infected in some form, and just don’t realize it. When this happens, the virus gets spread to others and neither party knows until there is an outbreak.

Many people mistakenly think that HSV-1 and HSV-2 are the same thing. This is not the case, as they are variations of one another.

Oral herpes is found on or around the mouth and genital herpes is found on or around the genital area.

Herpes type 1 enters your system through your mouth. Even when you first get the virus, you may not develop a cold sore right away.

That is one of the reasons it spreads so quickly! If you don’t know you have it, you won’t know to take precautions to prevent it from spreading.

Unfortunately, once you do get the virus you will have it for the rest of your life. Some people will get cold sores at the drop of a hat, while others may never develop an outbreak.

Scientists don’t know why there is a difference in the way the virus presents itself. Consider yourself lucky if you don’t get frequent outbreaks.

If you do end up getting the Herpes Type 1 virus you’ll need to visit your doctor to get the best possible medication. There are even some over the counter medications available.

One example is called Abreva . It is meant to shorten the duration of your cold sore. Any little bit helps when you’re suffering from HSV-1.

Many people are very desperate to camouflage their cold sore any way they can. Using lipstick is one way.

Both men and women also commonly use concealer or foundation. However you need to consider whether using concealer is worth it. Putting anything but medication on a cold sore can inhibit the healing process.

Also, keep in mind that cold sores sometimes ooze. This is not pleasant to think about, but a mixture of cold sore crust and concealer is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl.

The best thing for you to do if you have herpes type 1 is to learn the signs of outbreak. Once you have learned when one is going to occur, you can more easily stop the spread to others.

There are medicines available to shorten cold sore duration through your doctor and over the counter.

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5 Responses to “Herpes Type 1- What is HSV-1 Type 1 Herpes?”

  1. mandy says:

    I have use Ice at the start of a cold sore or fever blister. When I first feel the blister the tingling or the pain I put ice right on it. It sometimes may not appear or will ease the pain and lessen the out brake. Try it it may work and then it may not but why not give it a shot. This is for the mouth area. I can’t say this will help or ease in the genatal area.

  2. George says:

    I just got my results back from blood work. the doctor says I have herpes type 1. I am a little confused. I brake out just under my nut sack to the top of my anal. I have never been with a man. everything I read says it is passed from syliva in the mouth. Can this be true? getting a blow job from a women and her syliva did this. I kiss her, so why not on my mouth.

  3. sam says:

    when ever i feel the tingling, i start puyying on Zoverox cream and put it on every time i think about it and the sore never developes, but as soon as i feel it other wise there’s no hope of stopping it

  4. Some dude says:

    Type 1 and type 2 do not refer to the area in which sores occur. You can have a type 1 infection on your mouth or genitals and vice versa. Either type can be spread to either area.


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