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quote:Herpes simplex is a common viral infection that presents with localised blistering. It affects most people on one or more occasions during their lives. There are two main types of herpes simplex virus (HSV), although there is considerable overlap. Type 1, which is mainly associated with facial infections (cold sores or fever blisters) Type 2, which is mainly genital (genital herpes) Both type 1 and type 2 herpes simplex viruses reside in a latent state in the nerves which supply sensation to the skin. During an attack, the virus grows down the nerves and out into the skin or mucous membranes where it multiplies, causing the clinical lesion. After each attack it ‘dies back’ up the nerve fibre and enters the resting state again. First or primary attacks of Type 1 infections occur mainly in infants and young children, which are usually mild or subclinical. In crowded, underdeveloped areas of the world up to 100% of children have been infected by the age of 5. In higher socioeconomic groups the incidence is lower, for example less than half of university entrants in Britain have been infected. Type 2 infections occur mainly after puberty, often transmitted sexually. The initial infection more commonly causes symptoms.
quote:Originally posted by Karen W.Oh! George does that mean I could actually get it from hubby? He was getting them all the time for years. I never did and still have never had one. That is so wierd. He still gets them, but can nip them in the bud with L Lysine. They look like they hurt!! .....Karen
quote:Originally posted by Karen W. Oh! George does that mean I could actually get it from hubby?
Most people often cold sores from adults when they are babies.... the virus actually hides in the nerve cell until it's activated - usually by stress and a drop in your body's immune defense. Lots of things can trigger this "re-activation" - bad diet, lack of sleep, too much sun. So wear your sunblock!