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Dr. Barry Bergman
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If someone with a cold sore kisses a baby, will that baby get herpes or cold sores in the future?

Dr. Barry Bergman
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If someone with a cold sore kisses a baby, will that baby get herpes or cold sores in the future?

They can: Cold sores are caused by a herpes virus. It is quite contagious so yes your baby can get herpes from another person and herpes virus stay dormant in our body and can reactivate any time in the future. Mos adults have already had and will ocassionally have cold sores come back. Same with children although it is quite unpredictable. ...Read more

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Cold Sore (Definition)

A cold sore is a sore that develops on lips. It is caused by infection with one ...Read more


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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Can you get genital herpes by touching inanimate objects someone with a cold sore has touched and then touching yourself after?

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Can you get genital herpes by touching inanimate objects someone with a cold sore has touched and then touching yourself after?

No. Herpes is direct: An inanimate object cannot safely harbor HSV from a cold sore and then allow someone else to touch that and become infected. Herpes is transmitted by direct human to human contact, or on occasion by infected fluids say on a shared straw. I don't think you have to worry about this case - it wasn't a real exposure. Good to always protect yourself however and practice good hygiene. ...Read more

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Dr. David Krulak
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Can you get herpes from someone who doesn't have herpes or a cold sore?

Dr. David Krulak
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Can you get herpes from someone who doesn't have herpes or a cold sore?

Herpes: You cannot get herpes from someone who has never had herpes. That being said, you can get it from someone who has contracted the virus but does not have active lesions or cold sores. The virus may still shed even under those conditions. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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Can you get genital herpes from someone with hsv-1 even if they don't have a cold sore?

Dr. Michael Fisher
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Can you get genital herpes from someone with hsv-1 even if they don't have a cold sore?

Asymptomatic Shed: Asymptomatic shedding refers to ability of some viruses to be present and transmissible without causing symptoms. Most studies suggest that 70% of herpes is transmitted by asymptomatic shedding of the herpes virus. ...Read more

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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
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Could you tell me if someone with active cold sore kisses a baby will that baby get herpes or cold sores in the future?

Dr. Sari Nabulsi
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Could you tell me if someone with active cold sore kisses a baby will that baby get herpes or cold sores in the future?

Cold sore: Active herpes lesions are highly contagious to anyone, especially babies. You must avoid kissing the baby for sure. ...Read more

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Dr. James Cunnar
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If someone who has a cold sore kisses you, will you automatically get herpes no matter what?

Dr. James Cunnar
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If someone who has a cold sore kisses you, will you automatically get herpes no matter what?

No: Nothing is automatic or guaranteed. You were definitely exposed though. Pay attention for the following symptoms - tingling on a specific place of your lips (usually one side or the other), small blisters along the lip line, or, at the first outbreak, feeling "under the weather", like you have the flu. If these occur, there are medicines that can shorten the outbreak. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Jackson
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Can you get herpes from sharing a plate, or someone touching their cold sore and then ur pizza and then you eating it?

Dr. Robert Jackson
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Can you get herpes from sharing a plate, or someone touching their cold sore and then ur pizza and then you eating it?

Unlikely: It would be highly unlikely. Usually from skin to skin contact. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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If someone get a cold sore in their nose. Is it a sighn of herpes?

Dr. Tim Conrad
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If someone get a cold sore in their nose. Is it a sighn of herpes?

Likely: Cold sores are usually infections with herpes simplex virus type 1. ...Read more

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