A member asked:

Got dirty from going poo in a public restroom. i wash my hands with soap.i got home put purell hand sanitizer on body then got a cold sore on lip. why?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Contamination from a toilet cannot cause cold sores, and anyway the hand washing plus alcohol gel would have prevented any kind of infection from this event. Your cold sore (oral herpes) outbreak is a coincidence, unrelated to the toilet exposure.

Answered Dec 14, 2017



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