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Herpes Lip Transmission
Facts about cold sores:
- The virus that causes cold sores is spread from person to person by direct contact with the virus.
- Transmission may occur from kissing or sharing towels or other items with a person who is infected.
- People who have a cold sore can transmit the infection to others until the sore is completely scabbed over.
- The first time you become infected with the herpes virus you may have no symptoms at all.
- Some people who become infected will develop a painful sore inside their mouth or on their lips. This usually occurs within 2 weeks of initial infection.
- Once a person is infected with the herpes virus, he or she will carry it for life.
PubMed Herpes Lip References
- Arduino PG, Porter SR. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 infection: overview on relevant clinico-pathological features. J Oral Pathol Med. 2008 Feb;37(2):107-21. 
- Elish D, Singh F, Weinberg JM. Therapeutic options for herpes labialis, I: Oral agents. Cutis. 2004 Jul;74(1):31-4. 
- Elish D, Singh F, Weinberg JM. Therapeutic options for herpes labialis, II: Topical agents. Cutis. 2004 Jul;74(1):35-40. 
- Waggoner-Fountain LA, Grossman LB. Herpes simplex virus. Pediatr Rev. 2004 Mar;25(3):86-93. 
- Worrall G. Herpes labialis. Clin Evid. 2004 Dec;(12):2312-20.