Basic Summary for Cold sores


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Main name of condition: Cold sores
Other names or spellings: oral herpesvirus infection, cold sores virus, Herpes Simplex virus type 1, HSV type 1, HSV-1


What is Cold sores?
  Brief description of Cold sores: Skin cores on the skin, face, or lips.
  Parent types of Cold sores: Herpes, Viral diseases, Diseases contagious from saliva
  Organs Affected by Cold sores: face, skin
How many people get Cold sores?
  Prevalance of Cold sores: estimated 50 to 80% of Americans have HSV-1
  Prevalance Rate of Cold sores: approx 1 in 2 or 50.00% or 136 million people in USA [about data]
What causes Cold sores?
  Class of Condition for Cold sores: viral
  Causes of Cold sores: see causes of Cold sores
  Risk factors for Cold sores: see risk factors for Cold sores
What are the symptoms of Cold sores?
  Incubation period for Cold sores: up to 20 days after exposure
  Duration of Cold sores: usually 7 to 10 days
  Symptoms of Cold sores: see symptoms of Cold sores
Can anyone else get Cold sores?
  Contagion of Cold sores: Spread by physical contact (e.g. kissing)
  More information: see contagiousness of Cold sores
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Cold sores: see treatments for Cold sores
Last revision: April 9, 2003

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