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Can oral herpes spread to other parts of the body?

It is possible to spread oral herpes to other parts of the body. Although cold sores tend to develop in the lip area, they can develop on the nose, chin, hands, or mouth, too. In some cases, oral herpes can also spread to the genital area or eyes.

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How long do cold sores last?
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Oral herpes, or cold sores, goes away on its own in about one to two weeks. Taken early, antiviral m...
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What is the difference between cold sores and shingles?
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Where can cold sores develop?
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In most cases, an outbreak of oral herpes, or cold sores, will develop in the lip area. However, it ...
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Is oral herpes contagious?
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