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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?

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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Herpes (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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

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

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

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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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is also known as Herpes. Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...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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