A 26-year-old male asked:
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my mother has a cold sore and kissed my 2 year old on the hand and he wiped his mouth. same day he has small bumps on his lips, could that happen?

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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 sore virus usually presents many months to even years after acquisition. So your scenario would be exceedingly unlikely.
Answered on Oct 17, 2015

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