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Can You Get Herpes From Sharing Chapstick
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
How likely am i to get herpes from a friends that i let use my chapstick && she smoked off me too ? She has type 1&2
Possible: I'm more worried about the chapstick than the cigarette. Smoking is short intermittent touches to your lips, less likely for transmission. On the other hand, if she infected your chapstick and then you used it and it sat with virus on your lips for hours - not so good. I would be very aware of any lesions that even feel like they are developing, as there are antivirals that can be used. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Unlikely: Many think sharing cosmetics is not a good idea. Certainly if the person from whom you are sharing has active herpes on their face or lips, then you should not do this. However you undoubtedly have already been exposed in the past to herpes and as long as your lip and facial skin is intact, there is almost no risk. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: This would be very uncommon. If one person had active herpetic lesions, took off their underwear and you put them on immediately it is conceivable that it would be communicated in this manner. ...Read more
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