For most of us, genital herpes is no more dangerous than a cold sore. If you have unprotected sex, there is a small but real risk that you will get HSV-2, resulting in more outbreaks and more shedding. These symptoms can come and go in what is known as outbreaks, or flare-ups. Oral herpes (cold sores): Sores around the mouth and nostrils. They may itch or be painful. HSV-1 most often affects the mouth and lips and causes cold sores or fever blisters. You are most likely to get herpes if you touch the skin of someone who has herpes sores, blisters, or a rash.
Most people become infected with HSV for the first time during childhood, usually through kissing a family member. HSV1 most often causes cold sores, and HSV2 typically causes genital herpes. Read Bupa fact sheet on cold sores (oral herpes), including symptoms, complications, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. HSV-2 can also infect the mouth, although it mainly causes genital herpes. From the first time you get HSV (primary infection), the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life. Recurrences of genital herpes usually become less frequent and painful over time. Cold sores on the mouth can cause genital infection during oral sex for those who do not already have the cold sore virus.
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). The type 2 HSV strain (HSV-2) usually causes genital herpes but very occasionally can cause cold sores around the mouth. It is not clear what causes the dormant virus to become active. Information regarding Oral Herpes Simplex virus 1 or cold sores and Genital Herpes known as Simplex virus 2. This stage is often followed by an outbreak of pimple-like sores that will turn into single or multiple blisters.