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is a cold sore scab contagious
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
No longer contagious: You're probably no longer contagious. Herpes lesions such as oral cold sores have active virus only the first few days; once healing is well unde ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
I had a cold sore scab fell off 2 weeks ago and the area is still red and won’t go away. What would help with the redness? Maybe applying Vitamin E or Mederma? Is it still contagious?
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A 40-year-old female asked:
When is a cold sore no longer contagious? I know herpes is always there but when is a lesion "safe"? Is it after the scab has fallen off?
A 28-year-old member asked:
I developed a cold sore two weeks ago. The scab is gone and it is now pretty much normal, just like a small pink scar. Is this still contagious?
A 29-year-old female asked:
I had a cold sore for about 2 weeks, & the scab fell off & now it's just red & shiny , can I pass it on still to my boyfriend? .. Is it contagious?
A 23-year-old female asked:
Hi. I had a cold sore 2-3 weeks ago. Maybe a little longer. The scab has been off for over a weeks now, but there is a little bump. Is it contagious?
A 29-year-old member asked:
How contagious and likely is it to spread the cold sore virus once it is a small scab after skin to skin contact?
A 37-year-old female asked:
I had a cold sore that was treated w/valtrex & cured with in 4 days On the 5 day I still had a very small scab barely visible. Is it still contagious?
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