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  • Herpes Simplex Virus-1 by Sterling Solberg
  • Do you know what Herpes Simplex Virus-1 is? HSV-1 is also called a fever blister or cold sore. 62% of Americans are infected. By the time you are in your 60s, 85% of Americans are infected.
  • What is HSV-1?
  • A cold sore can be a small and painful blister that usually forms on or near a person's lips. It can also be inside the mouth, on the face or inside/on the nose but can appear anywhere on the body.
  • HSV-1 or HSV-2??
  • Sometimes people are confused about the difference between HSV-1 and HSV-2. Genital herpes is caused by Herpes Simplex Virus-2 (HSV-2) and is spread by sexual contact. Both viruses can cause sores anywhere on the body.
  • How Do You Get HSV-1?
  • HSV-1 is very common and if you have it, you probably picked it up as a kid. You probably kissed an aunt with the virus. Even though you may not develop a cold sore, the virus stays in your body, unactive.
  • The Science Behind HSV-1
  • When someone is infected with HSV-1, the virus makes its way through the skin and into a group of nerve cells called a ganglion. Here it stays until something triggers it. However sometimes the virus is never triggered in some people. You could have HSV-1 and not even know.
  • Triggers
  • No one knows what triggers a cold sore but for some, it can be brought by other infections, fever, stress, sunlight, cold weather, hormone changes, in menstruation or pregnancy, tooth extraction, and certain foods and drugs.
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