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A 34-year-old male asked:

i've had hsv1 cold sores during childhood and in my 30s recently. how likely is it that self herpetic whitlow or other auto-inoculation can occur?

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Dr. Homa Mahdavi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Nail biting : Auto inoculation happens through nail biting or any way to transfer the saliva in hsv1 or cervical fluid in hsv2 to the fingers. Incidence is 4 cases per 100, 000 per year.

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Last updated Apr 24, 2014

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