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I get cold sores, what is the likely hood of spreading that to the gentitles of someone just through hand contact?

I get cold sores, what is the likely hood of spreading that to the gentitles of someone just through hand contact?

Cold sores: Two options: 1: Go to your local pharmacist who will help you select the best remedy. 2: Don't have hand contact till your cold sores are gone. ...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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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If I get cold sores, what is the likely hood that I would spread it to someone's gentitles from hand contact with their gentitles?

If I get cold sores, what is the likely hood that I would spread it to someone's gentitles from hand contact with their gentitles?

No risk, no worries: Spread of HSV to a new body area is called auto-inoculation and happens sometimes during someone's very first infection with HSV. However, it's very rare in recurrent herpes; the immune system prevents it. (This is why couples both infected with genital HSV2 never pass it back and forth.) Use common sense hygiene, but don't worry if you touch your genital area during an oral herpes outbreak. ...Read more

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My son's nanny gets cold sores... How likely is it that she could pass it to my son when she changes his diaper if she forgets to wash her hands?

My son's nanny gets cold sores... How likely is it that she could pass it to my son when she changes his diaper if she forgets to wash her hands?

None: You son will not get col sores in the areas the genital area and butt even if the area is touch without hands being washed . Cold sores are very specific in the area where the form. Cold sores as we know them form on the wet dry line of the lip. ...Read more

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Mom has cold sores and touches everything without washing her hands after, like clean clothes, objects etc, can I get herpes from this? Sorry

Mom has cold sores and touches everything without washing her hands after, like clean clothes, objects etc, can I get herpes from this? Sorry

Yes.: Usually it takes somewhat intimate contact such as kissing however if her hand was contaminated and she touched the glass and you drank from it it is possible to catch the infection. Talk to her about this and have her wash her hands frequently. ...Read more

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How long does the hand foot and mouth disease usually last ? And will all the cold sores go away at once or little over time ?

How long does the hand foot and mouth disease usually last ? And will  all the cold sores go away at once or little over time ?

About a week: HFM is a viral infection that causes blisters on palms, soles and in the mouth. Can be associated with moderate fever. The ulcers in the mouth will fade at different rates. Drink cool liquids, soft foods like pudding, yogurt, ice cream. Avoid acids like Orange Juice. Annoying but usually a self limiting condition. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can also help with the pain. ...Read more

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I picked at my cold sore and then touched my vagina. I put rubbing alcohol all over my vagina, what do I do now? I've had cold sores all my life, and rarely washed my hands before wiping, touching, etc. But haven't come up with genital herpes.

I picked at my cold sore and then touched my vagina. I put rubbing alcohol all over my vagina, what do I do now? I've had cold sores all my life, and rarely washed my hands before wiping, touching, etc. But haven't come up with genital herpes.

Stop Picking !: If you have recurrent cold sores, you may benefit from being on long term prophylactic (preventative) anti-viral agent (such as valcyclovir). . Don't pick your cold sores (it will only spread the virus) and don't ever use alcohol around the vagina. You're at increased risk of spreading the virus to other parts of your body and your partner's body, so please consult your md for further evaluation. ...Read more

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My infant was kissed on her hand by someone with a history of cold sores (no active sore). She put her hand in her mouth; could she contracted hsv-1?

My infant was kissed on her hand by someone with a history of cold sores (no active sore). She put her hand in her mouth; could she contracted hsv-1?

An older infant?: Actually, the majority of the population has had hsv-1 oral herpes already. We try not to spread obvious germs, so people with cold sores shouldn't kiss until the sores are gone. With young babies, it's best to avoid getting infections from other people. After a baby is older and stronger, such as at the toddler age, getting an hsv-1 infection causes mouth and gum sores, but the toddlers recover. ...Read more

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Can herpes appear other places than lips mouth eyes and genitals? I get cold sores on my lips often but now I have had breakout on hands arms back

Can herpes appear other places than lips mouth eyes and genitals? I get cold sores on my lips often but now I have had breakout on hands arms back

Yes: Herpes can appear throughout the body. Common infection of the skin or mucosa may affect the face and mouth (orofacial herpes), genitalia (genital herpes), hands (herpetic whitlow), eye (herpes keratitis) and even brain (herpes encephalitis). Please consult your physician to make sure that you do not have a spread of herpatic infection. ...Read more

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