What is Herpes Simplex 1
Herpes Simplex 1

Herpes Simplex 1 - The Facts

What is herpes simplex 1?

Herpes simplex 1; just what is it? What does it mean to have herpes simplex one? Herpes simplex one is generally known as herpes of the mouth,fever blisters or cold sores on the mouth. You may have sores on or in your mouth, around the lips or the lip area. Herpes simplex one can even cause blisters in the mouth, on the tongue, or the back of the throat. Herpes simplex one is contagious and can be spread just like the other form of herpes.

Oral herpes

HSV 1 is the virus that causes oral herpes. Whatever you call it, the effects are the same. Just like herpes type 2, there is no known cure.

You should not have oral sex with an outbreak of herpes simplex one and you should not kiss someone while you have sores.


HSV type one is known by the following symptoms:

  • Cold sores
  • Fever blisters on the mouth area
  • Sometimes found on the genitals from mouth to genital contact

If you have blisters or cold sores from herpes simplex 1, be careful not to share drinking glasses, Chap Stick or anything else that will come in contact with your lips and theirs.

If you have herpes simplex one, you will most likely have recurrences of outbreaks. The virus can lie dormant in your system for a while but will usually show itself again. The period of time between recurrences can vary from person to person and even from each time.

There is no cure, but treatment is available to help an outbreak heal faster and to prevent pain and discomfort during a breakout. Over the counter cold sore medication will not “cure” the herpes virus. If you feel your cold sores are due to herpes, you should see a doctor immediately. The best time to diagnose herpes is during an active outbreak.

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