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my boyfriend touched his cold sore, didnt wash his hands, than touched my scalped to give me a head massage. can i get a cold sore on my scalp?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Possible: But very unlikely. Odds are you are already carrying this virus. If you kiss him when he has no cold sore you might get it anyway. The virus is present on the skin intermittently when it looks perfectly clear, between attacks. Most people are infected with no symptoms and are therefore immune. A blood test can tell you. Valacyclovir pills are very effective for symptoms.
Answered on Dec 26, 2017

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