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someone touches cold sore, then shakes my hand. i have a tiny wound. risk of contracting herpetic whitlow/herpes on finger?

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Unlikely: If you touched the ulcer directly with a finger which had a wound you might get this, but by secondary transfer this would be quite unusual. Nothing is impossible.
Answered on Mar 13, 2014

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