Why aren't cold sores called Herpes? They are caused by the Herpes Virus 1 which

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  1. bdecourcey09 profile image60
    bdecourcey09posted 14 years ago

    Why aren't cold sores called Herpes? They are caused by the Herpes Virus 1 which according to doctor

  2. auntiebree profile image60
    auntiebreeposted 14 years ago

    herpes simplex.   It is causes by the same virus. I think doctors don't tell their patient because everyone would freak out!

  3. Moedsie profile image59
    Moedsieposted 14 years ago

    I'm not sure but I guess it's the same reason why chicken pox are not called herpes allthough they are caused by the herpes varicella zoster virus which is also known to be the cause of shingles (herpes zoster).

  4. DatingDragons profile image57
    DatingDragonsposted 14 years ago

    herpes viruses are very common.  typically cold sores are caused by herpes simplex 1 and genital sores herpes simplex 2 but this is not exclusive.

  5. dabeaner profile image61
    dabeanerposted 14 years ago

    "Cold sores" is not a "bad" word.  "Herpes" IS a "bad" word.  Distinguishing the terms is just another effect of prudishness.

    BTW, nowadays you can have both types at both locations.  Bwah-ha-ha-ha.

  6. True Cures profile image61
    True Curesposted 13 years ago

    Well it could be because cold sores where not always labeled as herpes or it could be because cold sores are not caused by herpes. 

    Cold sores respond almost immediately to over the counter fungicides and fungicides do nothing to viruses so this suggest only one thing, cold sores are caused by fungus. 

    You will find that a Lotrimin or Tinactin cream will work better on any cold sore than any product or prescription labeled for cold sores.

    Enjoy the relief.


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