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What are the odds of getting cold sores? Can you get cold sores from drinking from the same straw?

What are the odds of getting cold sores? Can you get cold sores from drinking from the same straw?

Cold sore: Cold sores/fever blisters/ herpes. Things like fevers can cause them to come out, stress to the area (chapped lips) can do it as well. You can get topical stuff (abreva) to put on them to help them go away. If they get really bad you can get prescription meds. You can get cold sores from the virus that causes them which can be transmitted through sharing straws. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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I only get oral cold sores after drinking alcohol. Why?

I only get oral cold sores after drinking alcohol. Why?

Immune suppression: Cold sores are often from a viral infection, and alcohol suppresses our immune response to viruses. You should see your doctor to determine if your sores are viral, and if so, have them treated more directly with the right medication. If alcohol causes you problems, but you still drink, you also need to consider whether it has become more of a problem in your life than you might think. Talk to doc. ...Read more

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Can you get a cold sore by drinking from someone's else drink that has the cold sore?

Can you get a cold sore by drinking from someone's else drink that has the cold sore?

Very unlikely: Herpes is transmitted only by direct personal contact, e.g. oral herpes by kissing. Contact with contaminated glasses, eating utensils, etc is very unlikely to transmit the virus. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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I have mono and it came with cold sores. I can't eat or drink anything, what can I do?

I have mono and it came with cold sores. I can't eat or drink anything, what can I do?

Avoid acidic foods: Alleviate the pain by avoiding spicy or acidic foods, applying ice, and using over-the-counter remedies that contain numbing agents such as phenol and menthol to reduce cracking and soften scabs. Abreva helps speed healing and minimize pain. Your doctor may prescribe zovirax, Famvir or valtrex (valacyclovir). These medications are more effective when started within the first 48 hours of the outbreak. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering if someone has cold sore but doesn't have an outbreak if you share drinks/ saliva in drink with them can you catch cold sores?

Hi I was wondering if someone has cold sore but doesn't have an outbreak if you share drinks/ saliva in drink with them can you catch cold sores?

Yes: The most common cause of "cold sore" is herpes virus. The virus can be transmitted by sharing drinks, utensils, or exposure to saliva. These behaviors should be avoiding and frequent hand-washing be practiced to avoid infecting others. ...Read more

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If you drink after your spouse when he has a cold sore, will you get herpes?

If you drink after your spouse when he has a cold sore, will you get herpes?

Odds minimal: Odds are you wont, but you could, probably from the virus on the glass rather than from being in the drink. But be logical, get your own drink and don't gamble. Unless you have a craving for a herpetic virus. ...Read more

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Have been having numbness in bottom lip fir a few days. I really feel eat after I drink or eat. What is the cause? I have mo cold sores.

Have been having numbness in bottom lip fir a few days. I really feel eat after I drink or eat. What is the cause? I have mo cold sores.

Salivary gland stone: Is the only valid explanation to your symptom, pressure build inside your sublingual salivary gland that it's duct is blocked by a stone, that in turn press on nerve endings causes the symptoms.
I would have it checked by your dentist, ct scan or ultrasound may be required. . ...Read more

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Can I get oral herpes from sharing drinking straw with infected person with no cold sore at the time?

Can I get oral herpes from sharing drinking straw with infected person with no cold sore at the time?

Risky: An infected person can shed virus that could result in transmission without having an obvious lesion. In america at lest 1 in 4 people have herpes - 90% of them do not know they have it, and 3% of them are shedding virus (they are contagious) at any one time. Better to have your own straw and not take a chance. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore on my lip and my 7yr old accidentally drank out of my drink (straw), what are the chances he will now get the HSV? : (

I have a cold sore on my lip and my 7yr old accidentally drank out of my drink (straw), what are the chances he will now get the HSV? : (

Unlikely: To be a source for infection particularly if the sore is a few days old. While the virus is contagious it usually takes more contact than touching the straw to pass the virus ...Read more

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I got a cold sore from probably drinking from someone elses cup, what should I put on it?

Tx options.: Your Dr can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3 times a day at onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more

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If you drink after someone with a cold sore, what are the chances of getting oral herpes?

Likely: If the person has an active visible lesion, and you shared a drink, it is very likely that you were in contact with the virus. You may already have it though. Not everyone who has the virus gets an actual outbreak as it can remain dormant. Certain trigger events, susch as trauma, a cold, extra uv light, stress, may cause an outbreak, just like it did with your friend. Stay away from outbreaks. ...Read more

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I have a small cold sore and the night before had a drink with straw. Can my kid catch my cold sore from that straw if drank from the next day?

I have a small cold sore and the night before had a drink with straw. Can my kid catch my cold sore from that straw if drank from the next day?

Cold sore: If the cold sore is a viral, herpetic sore, there is a chance of transmission by direct contact with the area by someone else. On your straw, the likelihood of the virus being transmitted the next day is virtually impossible. Viruses die relatively quickly outside the human body. ...Read more

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Can you drink wine with a healing cold sore?

Can you drink wine with a healing cold sore?

Agree: I agree with dr. Villaplana - just be sure to wear your sunscreen each and every time you are outdoors as uv will certainly cause a recurrence. Oh, and don't share the glass with your friend because it is contagious. If you get more than 6 outbreaks a year or the outbreaks seriously hinder your personal and professional life, see your dermatologist who may put you on daily suppressive treatment. ...Read more

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If you share some food or a drink (from a glass container) with someone with a clearly visible cold sore, can you contract HSV from that?

If you share some food or a drink (from a glass container) with someone with a clearly visible cold sore, can you contract HSV from that?

Yes: By the time we are teenagers or young adults, about 50% of Americans have HSV-1 antibodies in their blood. By the time they are over age 50, some 80-90% of Americans have HSV-1 antibodies. ...Read more

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Cold sore &raised taste buds on side of tongue. Does this automatically mean herpes?! what are other possibilities? It happened through sharing drink

Cold sore &raised taste buds on side of tongue. Does this automatically mean herpes?! what are other possibilities? It happened through sharing drink

Inflamed foliate pap: Taste buds on the side of the tongue often become irritated and inflamed. It is usually caused by rough foods or accidentally biting that area. They usually heal on their own in a week.
If it persists, see your dr. ...Read more

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I found that I was drinking from a moldy cup, ive stopped but have a bad cold sore inside my lip, headaches. What to do?

I found that I was drinking from a moldy cup, ive stopped but have a bad cold sore inside my lip, headaches. What to do?

Probably OK: Molds are everywhere in the environment. Stomach acid will usually destroy them. So relax. If you get worse, though, for whatever reason, and have uncontrolled fevers, trouble breathing, weight loss, or fever for more than 3 days, etc. Do get seen to see if you need antibiotics. Antifungals are unlikely to be needed! ...Read more

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I have a cold sore on my lip and had just drunk out of my water bottle, my friend then took the lid off and had a drink, will she catch it?

I have a cold sore on my lip and had just drunk out of my water bottle, my friend then took the lid off and had a drink, will she catch it?

Possibly: It's best not to share water bottles or drinks with anybody specially have sores on their mouth or they're sick. Healthtap or a regular doctor treatment record for specific diagnosis and treatment if you develop any symptoms ...Read more

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How do you get cold sores. Is it caused by germs or by sharing drinks or what?

How do you get cold sores. Is it caused by germs or by sharing drinks or what?

Recurrent virus: Cold sores are a sore from a virus (herpes simplex). The first episode can happen anytime but differs, usually appearing as small blisters in a close grouping near the lip. After healing, the virus hibernates in nearby nerves. The virus can returns to activity but the sores appear as a patch along the lip. In both episodes, the virus is being shed from the active wound ; be contagious. ...Read more

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Can you get cold sores from giving mouth to mouth to someone who has cold sores?

Can you get cold sores from giving mouth to mouth to someone who has cold sores?

Yes: Herpes virus is usually shed when a visible sore is present; however, the virus can be present even without a sore showing. You usually need to have a portal of entry for the virus to infect you (cut, dry lips, etc). But is you have been exposed before and have anti bodies against the herpes virus you have be able to fight it off. Wearing lip stick, lip gloss or chapstick will help protect you. ...Read more

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Can you get cold sores without having herpes?

Can you get cold sores without having herpes?

NO: True cold sores are as a result of herpes simplex virus. Apthous ulcers are little canker sores in the mouth and are not herpetic in nature. ...Read more

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Why do you get cold sores right before a big date?

Why do you get cold sores right before a big date?

Too much stress: Cold sore is the recurrence of herpes after initial infection. The most common cause of cold sore is the stress.

Stress level is normally esclated before big event and if you had herpes infection before, cold sore is likely to happen. ...Read more

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Why do you get cold sores? Am I treating my skin badly?

Why do you get cold sores? Am I treating my skin badly?

A viral infection: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. Pre-teen children's cold sores are non-std's. They get the virus from family & friends. ...Read more

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Can you get cold sores on your feet?

Can you get cold sores on your feet?

I am not aware of: Herpes simplex type I affecting the feet. It often is found on the lips, skin around mouth, nose, chin, mouth, cheeks, & even eye or genitalia. I will flag this question & ask one of the infectious disease doctors to also provide an answer. ...Read more

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How to you get cold sores on your bottom?

How to you get cold sores on your bottom?

Possible herpes?: One possibility is herpes, which is a viral infection that lives in a nerve tract once it enters the body and may recur from time to time. Other possibilities may relate to pressure on the area or other dermatologic causes. Less obvious cause could even be gluten intolerance. All conjecture until a dermatologist actually sees it and hears more about the history. Don't try to treat it yourself. ...Read more

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Does society consider it bad/taboo if you get cold sores?

It is unpleasant: I believe that some people feel there is stigma if you develop herpes simplex type ii (genital). I don't think there is a taboo about herpes simplex I (oral). However, many people know that they are contagious and so they may not want to have contact with someone who has an active cold sore lesion. ...Read more

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How do you get cold sores inside your mouth? What is the cause?

How do you get cold sores inside your mouth? What is the cause?

HSV: Hsv causes cold sores which are usually outside of the oral cavity. Perhaps you are referring to a canker sore. ...Read more