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Are cold sores always herpes related?

By Anonymous April 16, 2010 - 8:38am
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My 5 year old just woke up with a fever blister/cold sore this morning, neither his father or I have ever had a cold sore so I took him to see his pediatrician today. He looked and said that is was hsv1, he gave us a prescription and sent us off. He didn't seem to feel like this was a big deal, he said it's very common, he even said it was fine for him to go to school even though it is contagious but I can't help but be freaked out a bit! My baby has something now that he'll have to deal with the rest of his life, granted not life threatening but still this seems like a bigger deal than the Dr made it out to be.

Is it definitely hsv1 related? Is it just not considered to be a big deal anymore because so many people apparently have it? Please tell me why I'm supposed to be so nonchalant about it?

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