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How does oral herpes affect people with a weakened immune system?

People with weakened immune systems may experience more severe symptoms during an oral herpes outbreak. Cold sores may be more painful or take a longer time to heal. Talk to your doctor if you have a weakened immune system and oral herpes.

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What are cold sores?
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Is oral herpes contagious?
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