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What increases my risk for oral herpes?

Oral herpes develops as a result of a virus, herpes simplex type 1. Once a person has the virus, he or she can pass it to others during an outbreak. If you notice someone with a cold sore, avoid any contact with the infection. Kissing or sharing personal items like silverware or lipstick with someone who has the virus increases your risk for catching it.

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Is oral herpes contagious?
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Herpes simplex, the virus that causes oral herpes, is contagious. To prevent catching the virus,...
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What is oral herpes?
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Oral herpes, or cold sores, develop as a result of the herpes simplex virus. Herpes simplex virus ty...
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Will my cold sore go away by itself?
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An outbreak of oral herpes, or cold sores, should go away on its own in about one or two weeks. Anti...
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Can oral herpes spread to other parts of the body?
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It is possible to spread oral herpes to other parts of the body. Although cold sores tend to develop...
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