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I usually get one cold sore blister (hsv1) on my bottom lip. Today I have 4 tiny blisters on my top lip, close in a group but not my normal single blister. Can you catch a new strain of hsv1???

  • I have been sick with the cold for a while now, and very stressed out. I usually get one cold sore a year, and as far back as I remember it’s always been in the same spot on my bottom lip. Today I woke to 4 tiny blisters close together in a group on my upper lip. I have never had an outbreak that looks like this before. Is it possible to catch a different strain of hsv1? Or is it fairly normal to experience different types of blisters? I’m happily married but I realize you can contract hsv1 through sharing drinks etc.

    Asked by Anonymous in Herpes Mar 30, 2018
  • Posted on Apr 15, 2018


    STDcounselor

    There are only two strains of herpes HSV-1 and HSV-2. There are no substrains of herpes. HSV-1 is typically oral herpes. If you kiss a partner with or... For detail, click here

  • Posted on May 09, 2018


    Anonymous

    I don't know where this STDcounselor gets his or her information, but there are 9 different forms of human herpes virus and each virus has different strains. Some of the viruses can have similar or identical symptoms to others. Additionally, to deny sub-strains of virus would be to completely deny the theory of evolution!! There are mutated strains of hsv that don't show an igg test value even in full-blown outbreak because they evolved to have low to no histamine response, so that it could continue to spread in the absence of outward symptoms. Some hsv1 strains cause fever blisters, some cause cold sores, some cause cuts or tears, and some cause pimples. Most of the highly symptomatic hsv2 strains have become extremely rare because other people avoid it like the plague. This is why 80% of infected individuals have no clue that they carry it.

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