A member asked:

I used my chapstick yesterday & woke up with a coldsore this morning.i just realized my toddler got a hold of my chapstick & ate/possibly put it on. could she catch herpes this way? i am always very careful and never share anything or kiss on the lips, no

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Dr. James Okamoto answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

It is possible: but less likely. Your toddler is more likely to contract the coldsore virus when you kiss her (even if it is not on the lips). The HSV-1 virus is spread by direct contact: most often lip to lip or lip to skin, but it can live a short amount of time in the saliva on utensils, toothbrushes, lip balm etc. You can be infective before the outbreak, but most infective when there are blisters visible.

Answered 3/26/2016



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