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can a baby get a cold sore from its mother without direct contact with a cold sore

A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Very unlikely: Infants rarely develop so called cold sore, typically a reactivation of human herpes type i virus. Primary infection in infants/young children often p ... Read More
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Dr. Cindy Juster
35 years experience Pediatrics
Doubtful.: Fever blisters/cold sores are caused by herpes simplex type 1 (not type 2!). The first episode is usually in childhood, and is transmitted by close pe ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Suneel Khetarpal
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No: While cold sores are contagious the contact has to be direct, you can not contract tit from other sources
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Go to therapist: Paranoia, untreated anxiety, and having fantasies that aren't based in any reality, would seem to qualify you for some work with a good mental health ... Read More
Dr. Ana Adelstein
26 years experience Clinical Psychology
Fear or Fact?: Sounds like this distressing thought is getting stuck in your head & taking over your life. It's an obsession- one, BTW, that's very common among ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
Safe: The baby probably still has maternal antibodies present to protect against herpes infection. Be careful, but continue nursing.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Parag Parikh
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Herpes: If it is a cold sore,there are many cold viruses (herpes)known Also as herpes simplex,has a tendency to recurr under stress,self limiting,different fr ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Your DR: prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral which can actually help regarding transmission to others. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cre ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Stanton
17 years experience Emergency Medicine
Too late...: If you have already been infected with oral herpes...It's too late. It's a form of the herpes virus you get and carry with you the rest of your life. ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
50 years experience General Practice
It does not work: that way, You need skin to skin contact.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience Pediatrics
No: It requires closer contact, like skin to skin. As always good hand washing is key!
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Unlikely.: Even if that contact transmitted the virus you your child, viruses usually incubate at least a few days before presenting with symptoms. The cold sor ... Read More

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