A 17-year-old female asked:
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can herpetic whitlow be contracted via indirect contact such as someone else touching a cold sore and then shaking my hand (which has a tiny wound)?

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Dr. Robert Levine
19 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes but less common: It is usually spread from direct contact but in theory can also occur from indirect contact.
Answered on Mar 12, 2014

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Touching a cold sore: ..Is direct contact and could be a cause. Touching someone's genital organs is more likely a cause of whitlow.
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Probably: as you describe it.... Suggest you have your GP evaluate..there are anti-virals which could be helpful!

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