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Are Cold Sores Contagious When Scabbed
Is a cold sore on the lip still contagious after it has scabbed over? I have also taken Valtrex (valacyclovir)
Yes, very: Cold sores, are caused by the herpes virus, and appear initially as small clear bubbles on the lip, roof of the mouth, or the gum near the teeth. These vesicles rupture and leave small, painful ulcers. These are very catagious and you can spread them to other parts of your body. So don't touch the sore with your finger! Use a cotton-tipped swab to touch it, if you must, and throw it away! ...Read more
Herpes: Asymptomatic shedding is very real and one of the biggest reasons why it's possible for people with herpes to pass herpes virus on to a sexual partner without having any signs or symptoms. That's pretty much what asymptomatic means: you can't see or feel that the virus is present and active on the surface of the skin. Thus, the person with herpes is always contagious. ...Read more
Not once the: Skin has fully healed. But they are contagious in all forms of the active lesion. ...Read more
No: They are most contagious when a scab cracks open and fluid oozes out. But, it is contagious through all phases. It is not contagious once the skin has healed. ...Read more
You can't: Keep them moist with a lip balm/lubricant that is only for your personal use. If using your fingers to apply be sure to wash thoroughly and avoid finger/eye contact. ...Read more
Unlikely: You probably got it from yourself, not your boyfriend. Most adults are already infected with hsv-1, which is typically acquired in childhood. But if this is truly your very first cold sore, then maybe you did get it from him. ...Read more
NO, unfortunately: They are contagious through all phases until the skin has healed. They are most contagious with an open & oozing sore. ...Read more
my hubby gets alot of cold sores are they contagious I have started getting more since I met him. I used to get them occasionally. Could it a flare?
Yes: Cold sores are cause by the HSV-1 virus, and can be passed on via kissing, etc. Things like stress, illness, lack of sleep, or anything that lowers your immune system can cause a flare, which is not a new infection, but the old infection resurfacing. We are never truly free of the virus once we get it, but you are in good company, since most adults do test + for HSV-1 antibodies! ...Read more
Near the end..:
If you have cold sores that have crusted over...Then they are on their way out. The cycle is generally about 14 days.
Hang in there and don't pick at em or put anything on them. ...Read more
As long as sore is: ...Visible. Cold sores are contagious at all stages from the tingling stage to the weeping stage to the scabbing and healing stage. They are most contagious at the weeping stage when fluid comes out. Valtrex (valacyclovir) may shorten the duration of infection, but if the sores are still healing they are contagious. ...Read more
NO, they are: Contagious as long as there is a lesion. They are most contagious when split open & oozing. They are not contagious once the skin has fully healed. ...Read more
How long until cold sores are not contagious. My bfs scabs came off but we aren't sure if he is still contagious or not. How will we know for sure?
I have hsv-1 (cold sores) and I have never had an outbreak or felt symptons. I wanted to know if im contagious to my family and life partner.
Are cold sores on a lip contagious? What if it's your husband who has it but you don't want to get infected?
I'm aware that you get cold sores on your mouth but is it only contagious when there is an outbreak or all the time?
There is some: Possibility of spreading a cold sore even when there is not an active lesions. ...Read more
I was wondering if cold sores are only contagious during an outbreak? I just recently had an outbreak and didn't know I had the herpes virus. I am visiting my boyfriend next week, I am hoping it will be gone by then and I was wondering if it is gone is it
Herpes simplex: Anyone who has had "cold sores", assuming that these were herpetic lesions, may be shedding virus even in the absence of open lesions. This is not, of course, a guarantee that you are spreading it, but a high probability that your intimate partner has become infected. Worldwide, the rate of HSV infection is around 90%. ...Read more
Why do I get a sharp nerve pain constantly where I get cold sores when I don't actually have a cold sore? Does this mean im contagious?
Herpes in the nerve: The herpesvirus remains dormant in the nerve root. Frequently, people feel pain before they break out, as the virus becomes active. I would. Consider yourself contagious and begin your medication when you feel the pain. This is call prodromal pain. See your physician if your symptoms worsen. ...Read more
I have been getting these water blisters on my lips for years now. I know they aren't cold sores because they aren't contagious. I need a solution!?
Cold sore: used 91% isopropyl alcohol. No longer oozing. Little redness. Dry. Little pain. No visible open sores. How contagious is this?
YES: If it is expressing any fluid, it is very contagious. ...Read more
Yes: It is contagious.Get a more detailed answer ›
Once the skin: Lesion has healed. It is contagious in all active forms of the lesion. ...Read more
Does shedding of a cold sore lesson as years pass. Does a cold sore less contagious after having it for year?
I believe you may be operating on old and outdated information. We now know
1. 90% of those infected do not have sores or outbreaks.
2. If you are infected you will shed the virus even without a sore at unpredictable rates and on an unpredictable schedule.
Anyone in relationship who is positive, their sexual partner needs to know their herpes status. ...Read more
I've had what I thought was a cold sore for at least a month. It scabbed up about a month ago and is not going away. Could this be something else?
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I've read that a cold sore is contagious for up to 2 weeks once it's completely healed. Does "completely healed" include the redness that can linger?
It is no: Longer contagious once the skin lesion has healed. ...Read more