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Are Cold Sores Really Herpes? Here's the Truth...

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  • Herpes is a very common viral infection where there’s much confusion, because not only are there different types of herpes, but oral herpes is also frequently confused with canker sores (also referred to as cold sores), which is an entirely different condition.
  • Herpes can be broken down into two primary infections: herpes simplex (generally categorized as either oral herpes or genital herpes) and herpes zoster.
  • Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is typically a reactivated infection of the chickenpox virus. If you get the chickenpox, the virus may remain latent in your autonomic ganglia, and then later on in life it can get reactivated by some type of stressor. Shingles is a very painful skin condition typically found in people in their 60s or older.
  • This article lists natural therapies for herpes infections, including the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and vitamin D.

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